Luminar Goes Neptune

Luminar, the raw conversion and editing program from MacPhun, has a new version called Neptune.

Primary among the new features is a new workspace called Quick & Awesome. This simplified developing module adds a new AI-based filter to existing saturation, vibrance, and clarity filters. The AI filter attempts to figure out what common changes—exposure, shadows, highlights, contrast, tone, saturation, etc.—that the image needs and provides a single slider. Here's the results from an Olympus E-M1 Mark II shot I took last week in Alaska:

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Not earth-shattering in this case—I picked a fairly monochromatic image to see what the AI would do with a challenging image—but you can clearly see differences that are, I think, clear improvements over the base image. 

Beyond the new workspace and AI, Neptune adds plug-in integration with MacPhun's Creative Kit and Aurora HDR 2017, which I welcome, as I've learned to love Intensify (part of the Creative Kit). Performance is faster, too, especially with the brush and gradient tools. The crop tool has been updated to specify custom sizes, and a new local history function has been added. Finally, a new Vignette filter has been added, as well.

At the moment, Luminar is still macOS-only, but a public beta of a Windows version should be available in July. 

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