MacPhun Software has officially become SKYLUM. Over the years, their offerings have become renowned as extraordinary Photoshop Plugins and stand-alone Photo Editing Apps on BOTH platforms, so their new focus is to ensure that people know that the power of these apps are no longer strictly Mac-based (and haven’t been for some time!

Currently, they’re offering Purchase and Upgrade discounts on Luminar 2018 and Aurora HDR 2018, along with some excellent bonuses. But hurry – This offer is only valid from February 15 Through February 26, 2018

Luminar 2018

is a universal all-in-one photo app designed to offer everything a modern photographer needs for photo editing. Luminar features advanced controls that are easy to use. Intelligent filters like Accent AI make it easy to get a great-looking image in seconds. Users will also benefit from new intelligent filters and real-time noise removal. With default and custom adaptive workspaces tailored to match styles of shooting, and scores of one-click categorized presets, Luminar delivers a complete experience that avoids clutter and complexity. – Experience it today by clicking here.

See these sample Before and After photos, to see what you can accomplish with Luminar 2018






















Click Here To Download a Trial of Luminar 2018 

The Pricing on this deal is:

  • Current users of Luminar may upgrade for $49 ($39 with coupon code SGANS_DISC)
  • New users can purchase Luminar 2018 for $69 ($59 with coupon code SGANS_DISC)

Included, are these bonuses:

  • 2 E-books from Andrew Gibson: “The Creative Photographer” and “Mastering Exposure”
  • Ultra Violet LUTs by Richard Harrington
  • Ultra Violet Preset Pack by Richard Harrington
  • Futuristic Preset Pack



Aurora HDR 2018

(voted Best Mac App of the Year)  is the world’s ultimate HDR photo solution, chock full of new tools and capabilities that will exceed your expectations. As a one-stop tool kit for casual and pro photographers alike, it’s versatile interface features a faster, more powerful, more feature-rich and satisfying experience than any other HDR software or combination of tools. Perfect for single shots or multiple-exposure brackets, Aurora HDR 2018 gives you the ultimate freedom to create.

See these sample Before and After photos, to see what you can accomplish with Aurora HDR 2018
















 Click here to download a Trial version of Aurora HDR 2018

The Pricing on this deal is:

  • Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade for $59 ($49 with coupon code SGANS_DSC)

  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 for $99 ($89 with coupon code SGANS_DSC )

Included are these Bonuses:

  • “Accelerate Your Photography” Ebook by Anne McKinnell

  • Deep dive Video Tutorial from Trey Ratcliff

  • Warm & Beautiful Preset Pack (15 presets)

To Directly Purchase either of these offers, please visit:
Luminar 2018 February Offer

Aurora HDR 2018 February Offer














New Update for Aurora HDR 2018   November 30th, 2017

Macphun, soon to be changing their name to Skylum, has issued a new update to Aurora HDR 2018

Aurora HDR2018 and Luminar 2018 are designed to work together, with our without Photoshop, to enhance photographic images with powerful controls. Check out it out by clicking here, to see what these excellent applications can do, and how intuitive they are to work with.

AND, don’t forget – Luminar 2018 is STILL offered with a significant Black Friday discount of $49 ($39 with coupon code) for current users who want to upgrade, and $69 for new users ($59 with coupon code) – and remember, that coupon code is SGANS_DISC (enter code on checkout)

Here’s what’s new in the Aurora HDR 2018 v1.1.1 update:

Aurora HDR 2018 version 1.1.1 for MAC:

  • Added Luminar 2018 in plugin menu
  • Added “Expand All” feature for filters
  • Added support for Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018
  • Added amount slider for image presets in Batch Processing
  • Improved RAW, DNG support for several cameras including Nikon D850
  • Improved Touch Bar support
  • Improved Batch Processing UI
  • Improved UI and performance
  • Fixed localization issues
  • Fixed several issues related to macOS 10.10
  • Fixed colorspace mismatch issue with Adobe Photoshop plugin
  • Fixed saving issues with Adobe Lightroom plugin
  • Fixed DPI resolution issues on exporting files
Aurora HDR 2018 version 1.1.1 for Windows:
  • Added Luminosity Mask feature
  • Added Resize option to export dialog
  • Added hotkeys for main application modes, brush, zoom
  • Improved stability, particularly app crashes on exporting files
  • Improved UI and performance
  • Fixed issue with Adobe Photoshop plugin
  • Fixed image orientation issue

Getting the Update.

Aurora HDR 2018 is designed to receive all free software updates automatically. However, if for some reason this doesn’t occur, or you want to make sure you’re using the latest version:

  • For Mac choose “Check for updates” in the Aurora HDR 2018 menu in the upper left-hand corner (near the Apple logo).
  • For Windows choose “Check for Updates” in the Help menu of the top bar menu.


 Macphun’s Black Friday offers are here!

This year, both apps are offered with special bonuses AND with special Black Friday pricing! In fact, they’re now ALSO offering their previous versions of the MacPhun Creative Kit 2016 (and also their individual apps) at a 30% discount

About Luminar:
Luminar 2018 offers everything a modern photographer needs for photo editing, including new filters powered by artificial intelligence, major speed improvements, a dedicated RAW develop module and a forthcoming in 2018; digital asset management platform.

Users will also benefit from the new intelligent Sun Rays filterLUT support, and real-time noise removal. With workspaces that match different styles of editing, Luminar adapts to deliver a complete experience that avoids clutter and complexity.

Luminar 2018 has been re-built from the ground up for dramatic performance boosts. Existing filters deliver richer colors and depth in less time. A brand new streamlined user interface speeds up working with presets, filters, and masks. With full support of pro options like layers, masks, and blending modes, complex repairs and photo composites can be easily accomplished.

In fact, Luminar has just received it’s first point update – the new version is 1.0.1

  • Current users of Luminar may upgrade at a Black Friday price of $49 ($39 with your coupon code)
  • New users can purchase Luminar 2018 for $69 ($59 with your coupon code)
  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.

The Bonuses: 

  • A Pack of Urban presets from Contrastly
  • Creative Look LUTs Collection for use in Luminar 2018
  • The Ultra-Wide Landscape Ebook by Ian Plant
  • Lights&Shadows Photo Training Video by Matt Granger

Those who pre-ordered Luminar 2018, will get these bonuses for free.

About Aurora HDR 2018

Aurora HDR is not just a tool for merging bracketed images, it also provides numerous tools and countless options to create perfect HDR photos for every taste – from one-click presets and advanced tone-mapping, to layers, noise reduction, and powerful luminosity masking controls.

  • Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade at a Black Friday price of $49 ($39 with your coupon code)
  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 for $89 ($79 with your coupon code)
  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.


  • Deep Dive video tutorial from Trey Ratcliff
  • 40 realistic presets by PresetPro
  • A Special Ebook

Coupon Code:

Don’t forget to enter SGANS_DISC on checkout, to get an additional $10 off your purchase!

I just got back from the AMAZING Adobe MAX conference in Las Vegas, NV. Perhaps you caught some of my social posts on the events!

This MAX introduced a bunch of new device apps and updates, as well as desktop apps. BUT, it’s very important for some people to retain their older versions, when upgrading their apps. The default behavior is to overwrite previous version with the new version – for instance, if you install the new Photoshop CC, you’ll be overwriting Photoshop CC2017 with Photoshop CC2018!

If that’s okay with you, great! But, if you’re like me, and prefer to wait until bug fixes are in, but still want to see (and get used to) some  of the amazing new features in the new version.

Here, I’m going to add a set of images to ensure you see WHERE to adjust your choices so you can ensure to keep your OLD version while also installing the new version. Don’t forget to comment, if you have any questions! Or, ask on our facebook page:

Or, on our Twitter feed at @aym4training

  1. When you open the Creative Cloud app, either from your Menu Bar on a Mac, or your Task Bar on a Windows machine, you’ll see a list of applications that’re installed on your computer, and the option to update those that have new versions available. Note: in previous versions of the Creative Cloud apps, my “previous versions” were listed as a separate section of the updaters, but now, they’re all listed by app)
  2. In this case, I’ll be updating my Adobe Illustrator application. When you click the Update  button, you’ll get a window that looks like this – at Which Point, you’ll want to EXPAND THE ADVANCED OPTIONS SECTION! NOTE: If you want to retain your older version DO NOT select the Update button yet!
  3. In the Advanced section, be sure to UNCHECK the “Remove old versions” button (on by default)!
  4. At this point, you can select the Update button. Your NEW version of the software will be installed, and it will leave your older version installed as well. Personally, I like to import my previous settings and preferences from previous versions, and tweak them in the individual apps to accommodate any changes, but that’s a matter of personal preference.

Hopefully, this will save some of you the pain of encountering some of the inevitable bugs associated with upgrading, or will allow you to work in your older versions of the applications you use, so you may collaboratively share files with others who may not have updated yet.

Please remember to comment here, or on my Facebook page or my Twitter feed @aym4training if you need assistance, or clarification.



Adobe MAX This Week!   October 15th, 2017


This week, Adobe is having it’s Adobe MAX conference in Las Vegas, NV. I’ll be working as a Teaching Assistant for several classes, and according to the conference schedule, anticipate being kept VERY busy for the week! I’m looking forward to it, very much – and anticipate I’ll be “paying” for the worthwhile time with some exhaustion for the entire following week!

For those of you trying to reach me this week, either via the blog, our Facebook page ((2) AYM 4 Training – Home), our Twitter Account (AYM 4 Training (@aym4training) | Twitter)

I do hope that some or many of my students and colleagues will be attending this event, and if so, please seek me out – I’d love to see you! I’ve been assigned to TA the classes named
B342 – Photoshop Magic: Making Brushes to Speed Up Your Workflow, and B341 – Photoshop+After Effects = Awesomeness (multiple bookings of each in my schedule). I’ll also be attending other classes with some of my favorite speakers/writers and Adobe Evangelists.

I hope to see you at the conference, if you can make it, and I’ll do my best to respond to questions and such, as time allows. Have a great week!



On1 Photo RAW 2017.6

For those who don’t yet have On1Photo – On1 is offering a 50% off sale – Ending August 31st! Price for everything below is just $49.99!!!
On1 Photo RAW is not JUST for RAW files – the power of this app extends WAY beyond RAW, and will do a BEAUTIFUL job of giving you creative control over your jpeg files, even files from your Camera Phone!

Here’s what you get with this free offer!

ON1 Photo RAW 2017.6

The next generation of ON1 with NEW Browse, Develop, Effects, Resize, and Layers. – $119.99

ON1 Master Course: Landscape Photography Workflow & ON1 Photo RAW 2017.6

Learn how to bring your landscapes to life with Matt Kloskowski’s workflow in ON1 Photo RAW 2017.6. View details » – $49.99

Portrait & Studio Photography Video Course

This video series by ON1 gurus Liz LePage & Hudson Henry covers everything you need to know about Portrait & Studio Photography. View details » – $29.99

Hudson Henry Core Landscape ON1 Presets

10 fundamental presets for every landscape photographer to add to their collection, packaged with a special instructional video for how to create your own similar styles for your photos. View details » – $14.99

Hudson Henry Core Portrait ON1 Presets

10 fundamental presets for every portrait photographer to add to their collection, packaged with a special intructional video for how to create your own beautiful styles for your photos. View details » – $14.99

TOTAL VALUE – $229.95

YOUR PRICE: $49.99

ON1 Photo RAW! Version 2017.6, is a free update for product owners, is available for immediate download.ON1 Photo RAW 2017.6 includes more new features, speed improvements, and many other updates. In addition, we’ve included many fixes for issues reported by ON1 customers.

Mac OS X:


What’s new in ON1 Photo RAW 2017.6:

– Fast Preview Mode — When you have just come back from a shoot and you want to dive in a view hundreds or even thousands of photos, Fast Preview Mode lets you rip through them faster than anything. No need to catalog them first.

– Browse Performance Improvements — We have made Browsing ever faster than it was! It loads thumbnails and fit-screen previews faster and it remembers more so that it will be even faster than next time you view the same photos.

– Cataloged Folders — Indexed folders, one of the most powerful features in Browse, have grown-up into Cataloged Folders. Your cataloged folders are scanned and kept up-to-date automatically. Large previews are generated in the background to make browsing much faster too. The powerful database behind Cataloged Folders enabled fast searching and viewing across folders and drives.

– Kelvin Color Temp — When processing RAW photos, the color temperature range is now measured in Kelvin degrees, giving you a larger and more accurate range to make adjustments.

– Rotate Photos Anywhere — Now you can rotate photos in any view in Browse, Develop or Effects.

– Compressed Photoshop Files — When you export or create Photoshop PSD files, they are now losslessly compressed, making them half the size they used to be.

– Other Improvements — Zooming and panning the photo is more intuitive. The Crop tool now remembers the last used used crop settings

– Photo Via improvements — Updated support for new Google and Dropbox sign-in versions. updated, labels improved, bugs fixed.

– Increased the maximum amount of motion blur.

– Added Lens Correction for fixed-lens cameras.

– Added support for the Canon 6D Mark II, Olympus TG-5, Nikon D7500, Leica TL2, Canon Rebel SL2/200D

– Other bug fixes and performance improvements

Luminar + Creativity Mega Preset Pack, Essential Pro Secrets for Unleashing your Creativity eBook, Ultimate Posing Card Collection, Overlays Variety Pack and first 3,000 customers will also receive a collection of Light and Bokeh Overlays for $69. Total value of $250.

You Get:

  • Luminar, The Supercharged photo editor for Mac that adapts to your skill level.
  • Creativity Mega Preset Pack – 26 beautiful presets from Presetpro to create stunning looks in Luminar
  • Essential Pro Secrets for Unleashing your Creativity ebook by Ian Plant – Creative lessons and techniques for how to make your photos match the depth of your passion
  • Ultimate Posing Card Collection – Hundreds of ideas for boudoir, family, indoor, newborn, wedding photography and more
  • Overlays Variety Pack – Sky, snow, rainbow, leaf, and fireworks overlays to create a unique look in your images
  • ADDITTIONAL BONUS FOR FIRST 3,000 CUSTOMERS – Light and Bokeh Overlays

Pricing as low as s $49 for Macphun users when they use coupon code MCUP-SP-40
$59 for non Macphun users that use coupon code MCUP-SP-40.











In so many of my classes, particularly Photoshop, Digital Photography and the Video applications, we discuss image resolution – or DPI – dots per inch (or PPI – pixels per inch). For the most part, my students seem to grasp the concepts from when I teach in (as I describe it) “Stephanese“. But here’s another discussion on the subject – this time in “CreativeBloqese“.

Check out this article from for further clarification on the subject of pixel resolution (height/width/depth) of an image for print and for screen viewing:

Don’t miss out on the chance to buy On1 Photo 2017, one of the very best plugins for Photoshop and Lightroom at a VERY significant discount – $99 for the whole package plus bonuses (education, presets, and more) – and $49 upgrade price.

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