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When it comes to photo editing and organization there are a number of applications in the market including Adobe's Lightroom and Apple's Photos application.

Luminar 3 is another entry into this market, that brings along some unique features. It includes a photo management system that stays in sync with your photos in the Finder and includes some advanced and modern editing tools that you just won't find in other photo editing apps.

In this screencast, Todd walks you through managing your photos in Luminar 3 and then covers some of the many editing tools available in the app. He also shows you how this flexible program can be used as a plug-in within Photos, and how to back up your Luminar catalog.

The full tutorial covers:

  • Installation and Setup
  • Interface Overview
  • Finder Syncing
  • Working with Albums
  • Using Shortcuts
  • Import Features in Luminar 3
  • Import for Quick Edit
  • Import Workflow using Finder
  • Ratings & Labels
  • Sorting Your Photos
  • Editing with Luminar Looks
  • The Filters Catalog
  • Using Workspaces
  • Filters
  • Using Layers
  • Clone & Stamp
  • Free Transform & Crop
  • Working with Masks
  • Luminar 3 as a Plugin
  • Exporting Your Photos
  • Backing Up Catalog

App Store Links:

Luminar 3 - Mac App Store

Show Links:

Luminar 3 - Link

Video Tutorial Comments

(5 comments posted)

David Bennett

What formats does Luminar open - PSDs for example?
RAW - what cameras does it include?
Does it work with text?


Todd Olthoff

Hi David!
Luminar 3 works with RAW, psd, jpeg, pdf, gif, tiff, png, jpeg2000. Here is a link to the supported file formats: https://skylum.com/luminar/user-guides/chapter-9-supported-file-types

It does not do text.

Hope that helps:).

David Bennett

Yes, thanks, Todd

Stefaan Lesage

Can we get an update on Luminar 4 ? Bought 3 a while ago but waiting to start to use it until the new MacPro gets here and meanwhile Lumiar 4 has been released. Any huge differences you know of ?


Todd Olthoff

Hi Stefaan! Thanks for the comment! Yes there are some differences in the tools that add a lot of great features like sky replacement which works very nicely. We'll have to look at doing an update soon! Thanks for the request!

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