Learning Luminar

Luminar 2018

with Nicole S. Young

Attention Windows Users:

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, like with the course lesson below—I put together this visual comparison guide:


Lesson 05:

“Layer & Filter Masking”

Masking is an important part of any photographers workflow, particularly when you want to be selective about where the edits are appearing in a photograph. It also allows you to combine images together to create composites. In this lesson I will discuss masking in Luminar, to include the following:

  • Layer masking
  • Using the masking brush to hide or reveal parts of a layer
  • Adding a gradient mask to blend two exposures together
  • Luminosity masking
  • Adding a radial mask to a filter

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1080p, .mp4 file — 147.6 MB

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Music: “A Thousand Skins, Part 2”,  by Josh Woodward

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