Photo Processing,  Software

My Favorite Luminar Photo Processing Filters

Luminar 3 comes with over 60 filters to process your photographs.  These filters are grouped into Essential, Issue Fixers, Creative, Professional, and Utility filters.  So how do you know which ones to use?

Luminar AI Accent Filter
Luminar AI Accent Filter – Before and After

Well here are my favorite photo editing filters in Luminar 3 along with why I like them.

  • Accent AI Filter – A one slider filter that uses artificial intelligence to assess and enhance the image. The filter is also human aware so it processes skin tones differently than the rest of the image.  This filter is an awesome place to start when post processing your image.
Luminar AI Sky Enhancer
Luminar AI Sky Enhancer – Before and After
  • AI Sky Enhancer – Another one slider filter that uses artificial intelligence to enhance the sky without impacting the rest of the image.
  • Golden Hour – Add a sunrise / sunset look to the image.  Make dull photos warmer, softer, and more saturated.  There are two sliders in this filter.  Amount is AI like controlling the strength of the filter.   There is also a Saturation slider where you can increase and decrease the saturation.

Luminar Top and Bottom Lighting

  • Top and Bottom Lighting – Allows you to separately adjust the lighting at the top and bottom of the page.  You can also adjust where the top half and bottom half of the photo divide using the Set Orientation button.  This filter sounds simple but I find it really useful.
  • Fog – Add or intensify the amount of fog in an image. You can choose light colored or dark colored fog.  The amount slider increases the intensity of the fog.  You can selectively apply the fog using a filter mask.
Luminar Foliage Enhancer
Autumn False Color using the Foliage Enhancer & Hue Shift Filters
  • Foliage Enhancer – Automatically enhances only the color of the foliage and greenery.  It can also be used for false fall color by adjusting the Hue Slider
  • HSL – The HSL filter adjusts the Hue, Saturation, and Luminance for the main colors in an image. I know HSL filters can be found in most photo editing applications, but the ability to add a mask to the filter makes it extremely powerful, allowing you to isolate the HSL changes to a particular part of an image.

Written by Martin Belan
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