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What Exactly Is Luminar Flex And Where Does Photos for macOS Fit In?

Not quite sure how to leverage Luminar Flex features and Photos for macOs, without uprooting your current photo editing workflow?

LUMINAR FLEX: A plugin/extension primarily for use with Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Photoshop Elements, Photos for macOS, or Aperture.

Luminar Flex is All About Flexibility.

Luminar Flex is basically Luminar with flexibility. I am trying it out right now. And I have to say, it kind of has a tinge of the Aurora HDR interface. 

All the same, it does at first leave me feeling a little unsure as to whether I actually need Luminar Flex. I mean, which should I recommend for you to use for yourself, Luminar Flex, or Luminar 3? 

I’ll get to that in a few seconds, however if you are in a hurry go here.

Now, if you are a Mac user you’ll already have a more than suitable photo management software in your Applications folder. But perhaps you have limited your use of Photos for macOs for only the occasional use. Such as when you may not have access to your first choice photo editing and management software, perhaps…

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Did you know that you can access Luminar from within the Apple Photos interface?

Well, the answer for existing Luminar license owners for Mac, is hopefully a fat yes! especially as your Mac already comes bundled with Apple Photos for managing and editing photos. 

With Photos for macOS you can utilise the benefits of Luminar Flex right away. Remember, you can use Luminar as both a standalone app or as a plugin (extension).

Yes, as illustrated in the screenshot below, access Luminar Flex, Luminar 3 , and Aurora HDR 2019 right from the Apple Photos interface. I know, sounds like a “so what.” Right?

Why would you need Luminar Flex in order to access Luminar 3, if you already have Luminar 3? 

…But hold on, because here’s the deal.

If you already have a license for Luminar 3, you’ll receive a free license for Luminar Flex, which is the dedicated version of Luminar, for using across different applications…and more. (watch this space)

Anyway, whilst Luminar & Aurora HDR are both standalone, and plugin apps at the same time. Luminar Flex from what I can gather, provides a convenient and seamless means for making Luminar available to a wider spectrum of photographers without disturbing their current workflow. This may be users of software such as Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Affinity Photo (I will be trying Luminar Flex with Affinity Photo next…)


What is it?

So, in a nutshell, Luminar Flex is a plugin, extension and standalone (or external) editor, that does not require users to abandon their current photo editing workflow, in order to expand their photo editing capabilities, plus enjoy the benefits of Luminar Artificial Intelligence technology.

Be it Adobe Photoshop, Affinity Photo or Apple Photos, leverage all the features available in Luminar, plus enjoy the added benefits of Skylum’s Artificial Intelligence Technology.

Combining Luminar & Apple Photos Editing for Mac

So, let’s say you use Apple Photos for managing all your images. You can also access Luminar from within the Apple Photos interface.

And that’s not all, take a look at the illustration (right). You’ll notice that I also have access to Affinity Photo, Aurora HDR, Luminar 3 & Luminar Flex. You can also use Luminar Flex with Lightroom Classic.

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Apple Photos: access additional Luminar photo editing features, plus AI tech.

Should I buy It?

Luminar Flex is All About Flexibility.

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First Look: Luminar Flex and Affinity Photo (watch this space…)

At this point whilst Luminar Flex does provide the convenience that Mac users will appreciate, especially as it does make Photos for macOS a far more useful application within your professional photo editing workflow and management. Windows users, and users of Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Affinity etc will also appreciate the added power.

Now, as mentioned earlier, currently,  if you already have a license for Luminar 3. You will also receive a *free License for Luminar Flex.

However, If you do not own a licensed copy, you can buy Luminar Flex right here.


*this may be subject to availability

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Aerial Photography

The first fully automated aerial photography image editor…

Luminar 3.1.0 Released, with new Accent 2


Now imagine this. AirMagic has been designed specifically for resolving the common issues inherent with aerial photography. You can take photos with the confidence of enhancing even your least impressive photos… 

The following are just some examples picked for this SoftwareFolder; aerial photography before and after demo.

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Aerial Photography Before & After

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Why AirMagic App?

Using advanced intelligence, AirMagic allows any able photographer to quickly and easily enhance multiple images automatically. If you use a drone for aerial photography then you and your images are in for a treat.

The Aerial Photo Enhancer

AirMagic will be going live soon and will offer a lot more than just intelligent photo editing.

Be amongst the first to take advantage of AirMagic and Pre-order today

System requirements Mac:

● macOS 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra)

● Mac from early 2010 or later

● Intel 64-bit Core 2 Duo processor or better

● 2 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)

● 1024×768 display (minimum)

● 4 GB of available hard disk space, SSD for best performance

● 1 GB of video RAM (VRAM)

● Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.

Image type handled:

Image must be least 800×600 pixels.

And in one of the following file formats; RAW, JPEG, TIFF, or PNG. 

RAW, JPEG, TIFF, or PNG file type

Download more AirMagic information

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Download the details for the main technologies behind AirMagic below.