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Luminar Is Close to a Replacement for the Nik Collection

Published: 06/07/2017
By: larry

Back in March when I first tried out Luminar by Macphun and did a post on how impressed I was with it, I missed one of the most important aspects of Luminar. I've now been enlightened by Scott Kelby's post on LightroomKillertips and his new class on on how to use the Luminar plugin for Lightroom and Photoshop.

Kelby claims that many of the developers of Luminar came from the group that built the Nik collection. This is why there is a similarity in the user interface and the filter effects between Luminar and Nik Color Efex. In this post on, Scott compares the effects in Nik and Luminar.

So for those of you long time Nik users that are mourning the death of the Nik Collection, you may want to take a look at Luminar. It doesn't completely replace Nik but it goes a long way in that direction.

4 comments on “Luminar Is Close to a Replacement for the Nik Collection”

  1. I hadn't even heard of Luminar. Will definitely check it out. Thanks for the tip, Larry!

    The most significant use of Nik Color Efex I have seen RE and architectural photographers mention has been the Dynamic Contrast filter and the Neutralize White filter to help remove color casts. While the interface is fairly intuitive, I have found it's easy to overdo it in Nik without realizing it. Though it is useful, I question whether there is anything Nik does that can't be replaced by a Photoshop action grouped to a layer mask. For example, I don't have all the steps figured out yet, but I have a feeling that a combination of luminosity masking via a black-and-white photo filter and saturation mask (all able to be set to an action) would be a good starting point to desaturate neutral tones affected by a particular color cast.

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