Photo Software Luminar 3 In The Test: Rain Of Confetti For Pictures

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Photo Software Luminar 3 In The Test: Rain Of Confetti For Pictures
Photo Software Luminar 3 In The Test: Rain Of Confetti For Pictures

Video: Photo Software Luminar 3 In The Test: Rain Of Confetti For Pictures

Video: Photo Software Luminar 3 In The Test: Rain Of Confetti For Pictures
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Luminar is easy to use thanks to presets. If you want to go into detail, you still get a variety of tools. Then you have to activate the tools individually in a preset - this is a bit cumbersome.

We cannot answer whether artificial intelligence is really necessary in the software. But the fact is: If you love color-intensive images, the AI filters will indeed impress. Many other programs make it difficult to host a similar rain of confetti.


The new media library approach is useful, but you can't get a workflow like Lightroom. Luminar is generally not designed to gently develop 500 pictures of a travel photographer in one go. In contrast, the application should take a look at who wants to pimp individual pictures for Instagram, Facebook or the analog pin board. Overall, an exciting software.

Luminar 3 test rating:

  • Functions: 80
  • Operation & speed: 80
  • Quality: 70 percent

Overall rating: 77 percent


Luminar 3 is available for 69 euros, with a 60-day money-back guarantee, directly from the developer Skylum for macOS and Windows. We tested the software on a Mac.

Luminar 3: Further information and download from the developer

Luminar 3 in the test: We liked that

  • You can quickly and easily put the desired effect on an image. The intensity of a preset is adjustable. You can also lay several on top of each other - thanks to levels.
  • Only the tools used are displayed for each preset. This means that processing remains clear, but additional tools can be added.
  • The number of effects and classic RAW tools is extensive and can be loaded via work areas:
  • Luminar brings out colors where previously almost no colors were guessed. This can save a picture, the composition of which is good, but the colors are poor. In the first place, the Accent AI filters and - especially for the sky - AI Sky Enhancer do this.
  • The user interface is clear and appealing.
  • Once an image is loaded, changes to the settings are quickly displayed.
  • Sun rays can be inserted manually - and this looks quite realistic:

We didn't like Luminar that much

  • If you want to build on a look, it can be cumbersome: Additional tools have to be added and sorted individually. If you load a work area, all previous settings fly out again. It would be practical to be able to add a predefined or user-defined work area.
  • A simple automatic development of RAW images - including automatic lens corrections - is not available. Rather, you have to manually correct the errors or at least check them. The quality rating is therefore somewhat lower.
  • Drastic interventions are sometimes a bit rough - for example, you can see a strong processing of the sky on the edges of objects that protrude into the sky. We also noticed individual misinterpretations of picture elements and the corresponding processing.
  • It takes time to load the image into the software with the calculation of preset previews.

Other photo software and RAW developers in the test:

  • Capture One in the test
  • DxO PhotoLab in the test
  • On1 Photo RAW in the test

Attention Snapchat pros: Which game hero is behind these filters?

Sebastian Trepesch
Sebastian Trepesch

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