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Today, Skylum (previously MacPhun) Software released a new update to their amazing photo editor, Luminar (this version called Jupiter).
Of course, Luminar can be used as a Photoshop Plugin, but it’s also positioned to work as a Lightroom/Photoshop replacement for photo editing (all this, WITHOUT a subscription fee!)

Pricing as follows:

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)

BONUSES Included in this offer:

  • Luminar 2018: the most powerful and technologically advanced photo editor for Mac & Windows (worth $69) – Luminar 2018 is a fast, versatile, and intuitive image editor, which can take your workflow from RAW file to fully finished image without needing to use any other image editor.

  • The Complete Landscape Photography Guide ebook from Photzy (worth $50) – An outstanding guide written by professional photographer and writer Kent DuFault. This ebook has something for everyone, with 237 pages packed full of information and assignments that will transform your landscape photography.

  • Aerial Photography & Video with Matt Granger (worth $79) – World-renowned photographer, Matt Granger will share planning, shooting and editing aerial stills and video. Matt will also demonstrate editing with Luminar 2018 on his still aerial images..

  • Photography Tutorial by Daniel Kordan (worth $29) – Extensive tutorial with a full workflow demonstration by expert landscape photographer Daniel Kordan. This tutorial includes shooting and post-processing images in Luminar 2018.

  • 119 Dramatic & Romantic Sky overlays (worth $29) – This is an amazing addition to your photo editing workflow, and will help give boring skies that ‘wow!’ factor.

  • Splitsville Presets By Brian Matiash (worth $15) – Add a professional polish to your images with these cool presets.

We have a TON of new and updated features in this one:

Speed improvements to get more done in less time

Skylum has dramatically increased the speed of editing across all areas of Luminar. Now images open faster, filters apply quicker, and the entire application is more responsive.

  • Most users will see snappier sliders as they’ve gained performance boosts of 3-25x for easier adjustments.
  • Luminar better uses the operating system for faster performance, with many operations seeing significant boosts.

Luminar Jupiter also got numerous interface and user experience improvements based on users’ feedback for an improved editing experience. The new version has several “under-the-hood” enhancements to add stability as well as to improve performance when editing even the largest of images.

Better RAW conversion

  • Better exposure calculation. Refined initial brightness setting for RAW files produces a perfect match to how a camera saw the scene.
  • Cleaner gradients. Improved de-mosaic process for even cleaner image conversion, i.e. smooth transitions in areas like skies and shadows for accurate color and less noise.
  • Fewer halos.If an image has high contrast areas, the improved Defringe option will help with backlit areas or strong contrast.
  • More cameras, better compatibility. Now even more RAW formats can be edited natively with the RAW Develop filter. Plus, a large set of existing camera modules have been refined for even better RAW conversion.
  • Reduced chromatic aberration. If a lens shows color artifacts in high contrast or backlit areas, the new Auto Chromatic aberration removal option will help to get rid of green and cyan shifts.

Automatic lens distortion removal

Getting the perfect shot is now easier than ever. The RAW Develop filter analyzes an image and its metadata to calculate an Automatic Lens Distortion fix that can be applied in one-click. This is a perfect tool to get rid of wide angle distortion and get truer perspective lines and more attractive portraits.

Advanced support for DCP Profiles

Luminar recognizes the industry standard DNG Camera Profile, or “DCP” files, that users may already have on their computers (or have purchased from third parties) to ensure accurate and consistent colors. Users will also be able to use DCP profiles from DNG files. This feature is currently available for Mac and will be available soon for Windows.

Essential New Features for Windows Users

The Skylum team has put a lot of effort into making the Windows experience be world-class and significantly faster. In fact, the PC version now matches the Mac version for all core features with Batch Processing, Free Transform and Flip and Rotate tools.

Here are some Windows-specific additions

  • NEW: BATCH PROCESSING. The powerful Batch Processing workflow saves time and effort.
  • NEW: EASY TRANSFORMATIONS. To easily transform the shape of an image, the Free Transform tool can scale and position an object as needed. Plus users can easily Flip and Rotate an image using the Image menu commands.
  • Better cloning. Users can quickly call up the Clone & Stamp module by pressing Ctrl + J. Softness, opacity, and size of the brush can also now be modified.
  • Cleaner zooms. Accelerated zooming now delivers a cleaner image at all sizes. Images appear sharper when the zoom is beyond 100% for detail work. Plus the new version provides a cleaner preview when zoomed out to see the whole image.
  • Preview mode.To check out a photo free from any distractions users can now use Full Screen Preview – a great way to really study an image in detail.
  • Localization support.It’s even easier to use Luminar in a different language. The localizations have been improved for greater accuracy and can now be changed from the File menu in Windows version.
  • Better masking controls. Users can create masks more easily when painting masks. Holding down the spacebar and dragging with the cursor, pans and moves the image when masking.
  • Improved workflow with other applications.When using Luminar as a plugin with other applications, color profiles are properly included. This change also improves image exporting with attached profiles.
  • Shared workspaces.Users can now share their custom workspaces.

If you’ve been waiting for a great time to buy or upgrade your version of Luminar – THIS IS IT!

Here are some before and after images, made in Luminar:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is it. Last day to get On1 Photo RAW 2018.1 with it’s Spring Savings Event – $69 for the whole enchilada!

Remember, you get:

  • HDR, Pano, Masking Courses ($74.97 value)
  • D.A.M. Course ($49.99 value)
  • Master Class eBook ($39.99 value)
  • 100s of free videos to get you started
  • Activate on 5 computers (Mac & Win)
  • No subscription
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • ONLY $69!!!!

 

On1 Photo RAW 2018.1 is still available for the amazing Intro Price of $69.99!

Note: This offer ENDS ON 3/31/18

Take a look at What’s NEW (remember, this can be used as a Standalone App Photoshop Replacement, OR as a Plugin In Photoshop):

NEW IMPROVEMENTS

  • Debayering – The algorithms have been improved to increase the amount of micro detail while reducing aliasing, yielding photos that are noticeably crisper with less color artifacts.
  • HDR – HDR alignment and deghosting have improved, yielding sharper results with less ghosting, noise, and color fringe. Users now have the ability to select which frame is used for deghosting and can also adjust the amount of motion visible in water and clouds.
  • Faster Cataloging – The thumbnail and preview generation of images is now faster. Searching photos has also been improved.
  • Noise reduction – Improvements to reduce large noise from very high ISOs. Automatic hot-pixel removal has been added, and green and purple color aberration reduction has improved.
  • Sharpening – The sharpening algorithms have been improved to enhance micro details and provide sharper initial results.
  • Panorama – The panorama merge dialog now does a better job with vertical panoramas as well as really large ones. It can now stitch together up to 25 photos at a time. Blending of photos to compensate for differences in exposure and white balance have been improved.
  • Preview Quality – The preview window has been improved to more accurately reflect the details and sharpness in photos at different zoom levels.

NEW FEATURES

  • NEW Import – Get photos from your camera to your computer, choose where you want the photos to go, assign metadata, and more.
  • NEW Tethered Shooting – Get your photos to your computer instantly and apply import settings. Currently supports Canon and Nikon.
  • NEW Soft Proofing – Simulate what your photo will look like when it’s printed.
  • NEW Metadata Templates – Add metadata to a group of photos using presets. This allows you to choose and save only the information you want applied to your photos.
  • NEW Video Browsing & Organizing – Now supports viewing video files so you can organize those as well. Copy, move, name, add metadata, and more.
  • NEW Custom Sorting – This option in Browse allows you to put your photos in any order you choose.
  • NEW Batch Rename – Rename all of your photos in a batch to add unique information to filenames.
  • NEW Edit Capture Date – Adjust date and time on your photos so they match the actual date and time they were taken.
  • NEW Auto Advance – Automatically switch to the next photo during the culling process when rating or tagging photos.
  • Additional Camera & Lens Support — Added support for several new cameras and many new lenses. See the full list here.

As many of you on the Adobe Creative Cloud Plan know (through an email you may have received), the price is going to increase on April 16th, 2018, however you won’t see that increase until your current plan renews.

Now, firstly – this increase is only going to affect the All Apps and Single-App plans (not the CC Photography plan, or the Student/Teacher Editions), and it’s not a huge amount – in fact, it’s only about a 5% increase, and the only increase since the Creative Cloud was introduced in 2012.

Yet, many people are going to be unhappy about this change – so, my friend at ProDesignTools.com has found Adobe’s solution to the problem!

Read his article all the way through – the information is at the bottom (spoiler alert: Adobe won’t raise the rate if you prepay the year!)

Check out the story – thank Mr. ProDesignTools, and come back here and let me know what you think!

As you all know, I teach Lightroom and Photoshop, love them, and have taught them for many years. However, many of my students have rebelled against the subscription model and are seeking alternatives.

On1 Photo RAW 2018.1 can be used not only as a replacement to Lightroom and Photoshop, but also as a plugin for these apps, giving them even more flexibility.

If you’re using an older version of ON1 and haven’t tried the new ON1 Photo RAW 2018.1, you’re missing out. There is no comparison. Try it and learn why ON1 customers are making the switch from Adobe.®
Upgrade today during their Launch Special and get all the training you need to be up and running in no time!

Take a look at what you get with this Launch Special:

! ON1 Photo RAW 2018.1 $119.99
! ON1 Digital Asset Management Video Course $49.99
! ON1 Photo RAW Master Class eBook $39.99
! ON1 HDR Video Course $24.99
! ON1 Masking Video Course $24.99
! ON1 Pano Video Course $24.99
TOTAL $284.94

Your ACTUAL cost: $79.99 for all that!

Check it out!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, for those of you who want an extremely powerful, full-control image editor set, with maybe a slightly easier learning curve from some of the others, take a look at MacPhun (Skylum) Luminar 2018 and Aurora HDR 2018!

Both are available for both Mac and Windows, and can be used as stand-alone apps, or as Photoshop plugins.

Luminar 2018.pngAbout 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 filter, LUT 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 the full support of pro options like layers, masks, and blending modes, complex repairs and photo composites can be easily accomplished.

Offer Availability: The Luminar 2018 Holiday offer is now live and available until December 31

Pricing:

  • Current users of Luminar may upgrade at a Black Friday price of $49 ($39 with Coupon Code SGANS_DISC)

  • New users can purchase Luminar 2018 for $69 ($59 with Coupon Code SGANS_DISC)

  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.

Bonuses:

  • The Shootkit ebook

  • Preset pack: 20 Festive Texture Presets

  • 500+ Sky overlays for Sky replacement

  • Video tutorial “How to replace Sky in Luminar”

EXTRA Bonus:

  • “Capture: Adventures in Photography” ebook by Simon & Lisa Thomas, the world’s foremost adventure motorcyclists


White_2.pngAbout Aurora HDR:

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. It was named as the Best Mac App of 2017 by Apple.

Offer Availability: The Aurora HDR Special offer is already live and continues until December 31.

Pricing:

  • Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade at a Special price of $39 ($29 with Coupon Code SGANS_DISC)

  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 for $79 ($69 with with Coupon Code SGANS_DISC)

  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.

Bonuses:

  • Deep Dive video tutorial from Trey Ratcliff

  • “How to create realistic HDR images” Ebook

  • 2 Preset Packs – 40 presets! Preset Pack 1 – Winter Vibes. Preset Pack 2 – Wonderland.

 


Last Day for On1 Holiday Discount!   December 30th, 2017

 

The end of year On1 Holiday Discount is about to disappear (soon, it’ll be the beginning of the year!)

This deal includes:

  • On1 Photo RAW 2018
  • New On1 Photo RAW Master Class eBook
  • 62 presets with 3 bonus videos
  • 3 courses covering Masking, HDR, and Panoramas
  • AND, you SAVE OVER $219 for this bundle!

Today is the last day to get ALL this for $79.99! 

When this Promo is over, On1 Photo RAW will revert to it’s usual $119. And all those bonuses revert to their regular price – to get all this would cost $299.92!

About ON1 Photo RAW 2018
ON1 Photo RAW 2018 includes the essential tools and features every photographer needs in their workflow. Our super fast, non-destructive, and state-of-the-art processing engine gives you an ultra smooth and efficient editing experience. ON1 Photo RAW is focused on allowing you to get the most out of every photo. Photographers now have a tool with fast photo management, hundreds of customizable photo effects, fast and beautiful HDR, panos, masking and selection tools, layers, and much more—in one app.

This app is PERFECT for those of you who want to get powerful image editing features, without subscribing to the Adobe Cloud! Of course, it ALSO acts as a Photoshop plugin!

ON1 BENEFITS
• No subscription
• Own it forever
• Migration assistant
• Open cloud storage integration
• Hundreds of free training videos
• World-class service and support

Video Training
ON1 Photo RAW 2018 Overview: https://youtu.be/k6QWJaqwdNU
New Color Range Masks: https://youtu.be/OVAZo59TIRE
Mew Luminosity Mask Tools: https://youtu.be/v7ry-zRGqAk
HDR: https://youtu.be/BTymQgFCkh0
Pano: https://youtu.be/P6ahMfxGiHs
Paint With Color Brush: https://youtu.be/2DiuYS2UBbM
New Noise Adjustment Brush: https://youtu.be/KrM-e75OwSU
New Mask Blur Chisel: https://youtu.be/1T7ZL4vOFs4
Remove Haze from a Photo: https://youtu.be/vzz1ueLqTis

 

This week, Luminar 2018 1.1.0, and Aurora HDR 2018 1.1.2 were released.

Don’t forget – Both Luminar 2018 and Aurora 2018 are available on a special Holiday Offer until December 31st! Buy Luminar 2018 for only $69, and Aurora 2018 for only $79. Both offers include great bonuses!

Don’t forget to enter coupon code  SGANS_DISC for an extra $10 off each app!

Both updates include performance improvements, various features enhancements, bug fixes and new cameras support for the Windows and Mac versions.

Luminar 2018 and Aurora HDR 2018 users on Windows and Mac can update to this version by updating inside of the App.

Below is a list of the Fixes and Updates:

LUMINAR

Luminar 2018 version 1.1.0 for MAC:

– Improved compatibility with OS X 10.10, 10.11 support

– The image Histogram updates in realtime

– Performance and RAM usage improvements.

– When editing press Cmd+L/Ctr+L to quickly access the Filters list

– Better noise detection in raw files and fixing it on photo opening

– DNG file support is improved for easier editing

– Even more raw formats can be edited natively with the RAW Develop filter

– Improved compatibility with Lightroom and Photoshop plugins

– Better batch processing

– Improved Native files

– Native files can be shared between Mac and Windows users

– Any LUT can now be stored to a preset with no need to link to the original .cube file

– Photos can now be exported to SmugMug for online sharing

– The Sharpen on Export filter is also improved for crisper images

– Better masking controls

Luminar 2018 version 1.1.0 for Windows:

– Luminar can now launch more quickly.

– Faster-editing performance and better RAM usage.

– Native document feature added

– Native files can be shared between Mac and Windows users.

– Clone & Stamp tool released: remove objects and blemishes with ease.

– Any LUT can now be stored to a preset with no need to link to the original .cube file.

– Export to the Adobe RGB wide color profile or the ProPhoto RGB color space.

– More export control (incl. Sharpen on Export)

– Better masking controls.

– Even more raw formats can be edited natively with RAW Develop filter.

– All filters support advanced blending mode options.

AURORA HDR 

Aurora HDR 2018 version 1.1.2 for MAC:

– Import preset packs from previous versions

– Save document in Windows capability mode for cross-platform access

– Improved compatibility with Lightroom and Photoshop plugins

– User Interface improvements

– Performance improvements

– New camera model support added (incl. Sony A7R III (ILCE-7RM3))

Aurora HDR 2018 version 1.1.2 for Windows:

– Native document feature added

– Mac document support added

– More export formats: JPEG 2000, PSD, PDF

– More options for TIFF files on export: Compression, Depth, Resolution

– ProPhoto RGB and Adobe RGB color profile on export added

– Sharpen image adjustment on file export

– Ability to delete preset packs from your collection

– RAW file opening tuned and fixed

– New camera model support added (incl. Sony A7R III (ILCE-7RM3))

 

Yesterday, I posted about Photolemur’s excellent Holiday Deal – but I forgot to include a Coupon Code for 15% off THAT amazing price!!!

To buy Photolemur 2.2 Spectre at 70%off AND an additional 15% discount – including $100 worth of bonuses, don’t forget to use Coupon Code

PHOTOCHRISTMAS15

at checkout! That takes the holiday discount on a FAMILY LICENSE down from the excellent $45 deal to $38.25!

To read yesterday’s post, explaining all you’ll be getting, please see http://aym4training.com/coolstuff/2017/photolemur-on-sale-for-the-holidays/

 


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