This page was last updated on July 26, 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:  1.3.0

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
  • Color Temperature Filter: The white balance adjustments and eyedropper are now available in Luminar for Windows
  • Save History: It is now possible to use the “Save History” option when saving a file in Luminar for Windows
  • Layers Options: Rename Layers is now available in Luminar for Windows (other differences still apply)

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.

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, Delete, and Rename layers, but it is missing Rasterize and Duplicate.

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.

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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