With its Luminar 4, Skylum is set to make image editing faster, more fun, and largely aided by AI. The 4.3 version of the software is now here, bringing you some improvements over the previously launched ones. One of the major improvements is speed, which is what some users have been complaining about. But there’s more, so let’s check out what you get when you upgrade.
The Luminar 4.3 is available for free if you’re a Luminar 4 user. If you aren’t, you can get it at a retail price of $89. Here are the improvements that come with the latest Luminar 4.3:
- Photo search: you can now find images in your library by name, folder, date, or extension, allowing for quick management of photos.
- 500px integration: share your photos with other creatives 500px straight from Luminar.
- Stability and performance improvements: With the 4.3 update, RAW files now open faster than ever before in Luminar. With the 4.3 update, Luminar tools also use less of the computer’s memory, resulting in quicker and more responsive sliders. This means that even those of you with older or less powerful computers should see speed boosts.
- Faster Looks experience: “Looks” is a feature that creates a lot of data, causing the program to slow down. With the Luminar 4.3, this issue has been resolved. You can preview looks by hovering over them, which makes the whole process a lot quicker.
- Improvements to cropping: Crop & Rotate have been moved to the right panel underneath Lens & Geometry. Skylum adds that Windows users should also see a significant performance boost and seamless cropping of your images.
- AI Augmented Sky improvements: In Luminar 4.3, a new space shuttle object has been added to the AI Augmented Sky. You can now flip objects and quickly position them. A marketplace section on the Luminar website has also been added, featuring objects for use with AI Augmented Sky.
- Custom skies and sky objects: In the AI Sky Replacement and AI Augmented Sky tools, photographers can now comfortably access a custom folder of locally stored skies and sky objects.
- Camera support: Luminar 4.3 adds support for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III (uncompressed only), FUJIFILM X100V, FUJIFILM X-T200, FUJIFILM X-T4, Leica SL2, Nikon Coolpix P950, Nikon D780, Nikon Z50, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III, Olympus E-PL10, Panasonic DC-S1H, and the Sony A9 Mark II.
- New masking brush workflow: Masked areas are visible mid-process thanks to a transparent red mask.
- Improvements to localization: Luminar 4.3 includes improvements to translations for all supported languages, and understands German, Japanese, Korean, Italian, French, and Spanish better than ever.
How to update
As I mentioned, Luminar 4.3 is a free update to all current Luminar 4 users and you can get it here. On a Mac, click in the Top Menu Bar and choose Luminar 4 > Check for updates. If you purchased via the Mac App Store, open the App Store and go to the Updates tab. On Windows, in the Top Menu Bar choose Help > Check for updates.
If you are running Luminar as a plugin with Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, or Photoshop Elements, it’s also recommended you rerun the plugin installer. You can also check out an expanded user manual if you need any additional help.