Aurora HDR 2019

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Today Skylum has started taking pre-orders for the upcoming Aurora HDR 2019 (release date scheduled for October 4, 2018). They also have a pre-order special with a lot of added bonuses, including presets, LUTs, an eBook, a 3+month free 500px Pro membership, and more.

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Here are the some of the new and improved features of Aurora HDR 2019:

  • Improved tone mapping: Quantum HDR Engine™
  • New HDR Enhance panel with Smart Structure (Replaces the previous HDR Structure panel)
  • Improved Adjustable Gradient filter
  • Presets are now called Looks

Improved Tone Mapping

The biggest improvement to this version is its Quantum HDR Engine™ tone-mapping ability; in other words, as soon as you merge your photos and open them up into Aurora HDR 2019—even before making any adjustments—the image has more detail and looks much more realistic, giving it a great starting point for editing the photo.

Below are some comparisons using my own photos showing tone mapping using the previous version (Aurora HDR 2018) and the updated version (Aurora HDR 2019). These images have only been tone-mapped and have no other adjustments added to them in Aurora.

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Aurora HDR 2019
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HDR Smart Structure

In previous versions the HDR, the HDR Structure panel allowed you to intensify the textured areas in a photo. Now, that panel has been improved and is now called the HDR Enhance panel. The settings in this panel are similar but now include an HDR Smart Structure slider that automatically adjusts the details, structure, and sharpness in a photograph.

Aurora HDR 2018

Aurora HDR 2019

Improved Adjustable Gradient Filter

The Top & Bottom Toning panel from previous versions has been replaced with an Adjustable Gradient panel, with more control over the shadows and highlights in those areas.

Aurora HDR 2018

Aurora HDR 2019

New “Looks” Section

The “Presets” section in previous versions has now been update do be called “Looks”, and they’ve also updated the defaulted preset packs as well.

Aurora HDR 2018

Aurora HDR 2019

Before and After Images

Here are some of my before-and-after images that have been fully processed and edited using Aurora HDR 2019:

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After Aurora HDR 2019
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After Aurora HDR 2019
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After Aurora HDR 2019
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