Aurora HDR 2018 Preview [Video]

By | 2018-02-13T13:34:22+00:00 September 12th, 2017|7 Comments

Macphun just announced their new version of Aurora HDR! (Available September 28, 2017.) I’ve been enjoying this, and other Macphun software, over the past several months and I’m really happy with the updates. Please note: This post contains affiliate links.

Here are some of the new features you’ll find with this version:

  • Windows compatible! Originally a Mac-only application, it is now available for Windows users!
  • History panel: Easily go back to previous settings, or start your photo over completely, with this new panel.
  • Lens Correction: Remove fringing, distortion, and vignetting with the new lens correction settings.
  • Dodge & Burn panel: A new way to draw attention to areas with this easy-to-use panel, allowing you to brush on dark or light areas at different opacities.
  • Speed improvements: Under-the-hood updates to make the software process faster.
  • And more! Click here to view all new features of Aurora HDR 2018, as well as pre-order and pricing information.

Click here to pre-order Aurora HDR 2018

Aurora HDR 2018 will be released on September 28, 2017

Watch the Tutorial

Watch below for a video preview of this new software:

View the before/after image from the tutorial:

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  1. Randy Pollock September 12, 2017 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    So others have said it doesn’t play nice with Fuji RAW files, what have you seen? and if it does have issues with them what have you done to over come it? I am using iridient X-trans for LR would I just use it on them

    • Nicole S. Young September 12, 2017 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Let me play around with it in the new Aurora and I’ll see what I find. I have seen some weirdness with raw files in Luminar, but it’s hit-and-miss.

  2. marc labro September 12, 2017 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    thanks for this nice tuto. i didn’t know aurora because i am on pc but it looks great and easy to use.

  3. Mark September 13, 2017 at 5:42 am - Reply

    Hi Nicole,
    I already have Photoshop CS6, Lightroom, On One RAW and a couple of older Topaz apps, in your considered opinion, do you think that it would worth the additional cost for Aurora or is it something that I could do using my existing products (maybe more cumbersome though)? Bearing in mind that I am only a keen amateur and nowhere near the professional levels of yourself, Brian, Blake, Trey, etc.


    • Nicole S. Young September 13, 2017 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      Aurora is specifically for HDR processing. I would say it’s worth the investment if you do a lot of HDR, but you can also process HDR in Lightroom and Photoshop. You can always download a free trial to test it out before purchasing! I imagine they will have the trial available for this version when the product ships Sept 28.

  4. Thomas E. Hurley September 15, 2017 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Hi Nicole,
    My question concerns work flow. I start in LightroomCC and then move to PhotoshopCC or On1 Photo RAW depending on what I want to do. How would I use Aurora HDR 2018 in that work flow?

    • Nicole S. Young September 15, 2017 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      You can do the same in Aurora. Start in Lightroom, and use the “File > Export with Preset” command to open the originals (raw photos) in Aurora. The image will save as a TIFF file in Lightroom once you are finished editing.

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