Luminar 2018: Mac and Windows Visual Comparison Guide

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Luminar 2018: Mac and Windows Visual Comparison Guide

By |2018-04-12T12:26:23+00:00January 31st, 2018|Categories: Photography|Tags: , |17 Comments

This page was last updated on April 12, 2018

About Luminar 2018

The new version of Luminar 2018 is the first iteration to be available on both Mac and Windows. Because it is newly-developed for Windows not all of the features made it into the software at the time of release. However, the software is being updated incrementally and will soon have feature parity (be identical) with the Mac version.

To make it easy for Windows users to visualize the differences—particularly when watching Mac-platform education content—I put together this visual comparison guide. While I have done my best to make this as comprehensive as possible, it’s possible I may have missed a few features. If you notice something that is not listed here, please feel free to comment below so that I can consider adding it to the list.

Please note that I am NOT an employee of Skylum Software and have only an affiliate relationship with them. If you have specific technical questions for the Luminar team, please click here to contact them directly.

Current Luminar Version:  1.2.0

The following items have been removed from the list below due to the software being updated:

  • Batch processing: This feature is now available in Luminar for Windows
  • Tools Menu: The Transform tool is now available in Luminar for Windows

ADJUSTABLE GRADIENT FILTER

Mac

There are few differences between the functions of this filter, but the its look is slightly different between the Mac and Windows versions. On the Mac version, you can set the orientation of the filter by dragging the line within the image, and the additional settings are located on the top.

Windows

There are few differences between the functions of this filter, but the its look is slightly different between the Mac and Windows versions. On the Windows version, all settings for the filter are located within the Filters panel.

BI-COLOR TONING FILTER

Mac

There are few differences between the functions of this filter, but the its look is slightly different between the Mac and Windows versions. On the Mac version, you can set the orientation of the filter by dragging the line within the image, and the additional settings are located on the top.

Windows

There are few differences between the functions of this filter, but the its look is slightly different between the Mac and Windows versions. On the Windows version, all settings for the filter are located within the Filters panel.

COLOR TEMPERATURE FILTER

Mac

On the Mac version, there is a White Balance eyedropper tool, along with some drop-down options (As Shot, Daylight, Cloudy, etc.).

Windows

The Windows versions only has Temperature and Tint sliders.

CROP TOOL OPTIONS

Mac

The Mac has all available crop tool options.

Windows

The Windows version is missing the flip and rotate buttons.

CURVES FILTER

Mac

There are no differences between the functions of this filter, but the its look is slightly different between the Mac and Windows versions.

Windows

There are no differences between the functions of this filter, but the its look is slightly different between the Mac and Windows versions.

DUPLICATING FILTERS

Mac

The Mac version allows you to duplicate filters by clicking on the drop down on the filter name.

Windows

While it contains the other options, the Windows version does not yet have the Duplicate filter in the drop down.

ERASE TOOL

Mac

The Mac versions has all options for the Erase tool.

Windows

The Windows version is missing the “Lasso” feature with the Erase tool.

FILTERS OPTIONS

Mac

On the Mac version, clicking on the Filters drop down reveals several options.

Windows

The Windows version only shows “Reset All” as an option from this same drop down.

Instead, some of these options (Delete All Filters being the most notable) is within the Layers options drop down.

FREE TRANSFORM

Mac

The Mac version has all available features of the Transform tool.

Windows

The Windows version now has the Transform tool, but is missing the Flip and Rotate features.

LAYERS OPTIONS

Mac

In the Mac version, you have the ability to Hide, Delete, Rasterize, Duplicate, and Rename layers.

Windows

In the Windows version, you have the ability to Hide and Delete layers, but it is missing Rasterize, Duplicate, and Rename.

Aslo, note that some of the options from the Filters menu (below the Layers panel) are listed within the Layers options (Save Filters Preset, Reset All Filters, and Delete All Filters).

MASKING (USE OF SHIFT KEY)

Mac

In the Mac version, you can draw a straight line with the Masking brush by pressing and holding the SHIFT key.

Windows

In the Windows version, holding the SHIFT key does nothing and does not create a straight-line as it does with the Mac version.

PHOTO FILTER

Mac

There are no differences between the functions of this filter, but the its look is slightly different between the Mac and Windows versions (a check box for Mac vs. a drop down for Windows).

Windows

There are no differences between the functions of this filter, but the its look is slightly different between the Mac and Windows versions (a check box for Mac vs. a drop down for Windows).

PLUGIN SUPPORT

Mac

The Mac version has the ability to export to third-party plugins from inside of Luminar.

Windows

The Windows version only allows for exporting to the computer, and sharing on a handful of social sites.

PRESETS: EDITING

Mac

On a Mac, this category is called “User Presets”. After making a preset you can right-clicl over the preset in the Presets panel and edit it (update, rename, delete, etc.).

Windows

On Windows, this category is called “Custom”. However, after creating a user preset you cannot right-click over the preset and edit it.

SAVING A LUMINAR FILE

Mac

The Mac version has the ability to save .lmnr files with all filters, edits, and history intact, using the “Save” or “Save as” menu item.

Windows

The Windows version can save a Luminar (.lmnr) file, but without the History intact.

TEXTURE OVERLAY FILTER

Mac

There are no differences between the functions of this filter, but the its look is slightly different between the Mac and Windows versions.

Windows

There are no differences between the functions of this filter, but the its look is slightly different between the Mac and Windows versions.

TOP & BOTTOM LIGHTING FILTER

Mac

There are few differences between the functions of this filter, but the its look is slightly different between the Mac and Windows versions. On the Mac version, you can set the orientation of the filter by dragging the line within the image, and the additional settings are located on the top.

Windows

There are few differences between the functions of this filter, but the its look is slightly different between the Mac and Windows versions. On the Windows version, all settings for the filter are located within the Filters panel.

VIGNETTE FILTER

Mac

The Mac version’s Vignette Filter has the option of setting the Mode to Post-Crop or Pre-Crop.

It also has a “place center” option to reposition the center of the vignette within the image.

Windows

On the Windows version, the Vignette does not have a “mode” setting and instead is automatically set to “Post Crop” (which is the ideal cropping setting).

It also cannot be repositioned and will emanate from the center of the image.

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About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website, nicolesy.com.

17 Comments

  1. Peter January 31, 2018 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Really appreciate your update re PC version of Luminar 2018

  2. Mike Hardisty February 1, 2018 at 7:53 am - Reply

    That a really good summing up of the feature difference. However can I point out where the filters have the Horizontal Shift you must rotate the shift slightly before it will work. It’s been like this since the release of both L18 and A18 and Skylum do not seem to be doing anything to change it, despite many Windows users asking for it to be fixed.

  3. Martial February 2, 2018 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Bonjour,
    Les actions manquantes sous windows seront elles rajoutées dans l’avenir ?

    Cordialement

  4. Omer Z. Sadullah February 2, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this informative article showing the feature differences between the mac and winavedows versions. I am a windows user so in my opion we lack few features that makes using luminar a bit easier for mac users. For example I would have enjoyed exporting my files directly to flickr. Can we expect this and other features for windows as updates in the near. future.

    Nevertheless I enjoy luminar and your good work. Thanks again.

  5. Andrew February 3, 2018 at 4:19 am - Reply

    Thanks for this information, it has been helpful.

  6. Mark V'Soske February 3, 2018 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Thanks for the explanation, but when will the Windows version be identical to the MAC version particularly the ” export to ” feature?

  7. Lloyd February 3, 2018 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    I have not been able to find how to close a file when finished edit.

    • Nicole S. Young February 5, 2018 at 9:04 am - Reply

      You can save and close a file in Luminar just like any other program. If you want to save a finished JPEG, use the “export” button on the top-right of the window.

  8. Leslie Thompson February 3, 2018 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Can we have some answers to these questions please ???

    • Nicole S. Young February 5, 2018 at 9:04 am - Reply

      If you’re referring to when Luminar will be feature parity with Mac, or when the next update is, I don’t know the answer to that. I also don’t work for Skylum, and if you would like to contact them you’ll want to use their support page: https://macphun.com/support

      If you have another questions then I’m happy to help.

  9. Marshall Rubin February 4, 2018 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Just last week an update was made available for download. I run both versions, and for me the Mac OS is much more efficient, and apps run faster and smoother.

  10. Ian Henderson February 8, 2018 at 5:56 am - Reply

    Hi Nicole, good info as usual. Is there a chance you could put this into a pdf so I can print it please??

    • Nicole S. Young February 8, 2018 at 10:52 am - Reply

      Hi Ian! Unfortunately, that type of work is very time-consuming. But you are welcome to save this page as a PDF. Most computers allow you to do this in the Print window. On Windows, I believe you change the “Printer” selection at the top to “Microsoft Print to PDF”.

  11. Bobby Pham April 19, 2018 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Does the Windows version of Luminar 2018 have the “Luminosity Mask” feature?

  12. Pete Purvis May 10, 2018 at 10:35 am - Reply

    What is the Luminar 2018 equivalent to HSR setting sin Lightroom 6?

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