WORK AROUND TO GET LUMINAR FOR WINDOWS TO WORK WITH PHOTOSHOP
It seems that there is a major glitch when using Skylum’s (Macphun) Luminar 2018 for Windows 10 as a plug-in for Photoshop. (For website link see sidebar at my Tidbits Blog.) The problem occurs when you try to apply the changes made in Luminar – it goes back to the duplicated layer in PS and the layer is exchanged for a totally blank layer. The company is aware of the issue but have not offered any time frame for the fix as yet. An update was released on 11/24/17 that was supposed to fix this issue, but I am still getting it. I am sure the final fix will be out shortly. I found out this work-around from KelbyOne‘s Community and found it very useful. Below are steps and a short video demonstrating the issue and fix:
1. Bring image into PS and do any changes needed to get ready to go into Luminar. Need to create a stamped layer (CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+E) so all changes are now combined on one layer.
2. Duplicate the stamped layer and turn off all the other layers below including the original stamped layer.
3. Move duplicate stamped layer to the very bottom of the stack and highlight it.
4. Now here is the trick – make this layer a Background layer by going to Layer -> New -> Background. It will not work if you just click the Lock in the Layers Panel. Only through the File menu does this work.
5. Make changes in Luminar and click Apply. It now comes back into PS and applies the changes to the bottom layer.
6. Last step is to unlock this layer by clicking on the lock and dragging the layer to the top. Turn on all the layers underneath and it is a set to continue with your workflow.
You can do the changes in Lightroom and the image comes back to Lightroom as a Tiff which can then be opened in Photoshop. It can also be stacked with the NEF file in PS so there are other ways to do this. I like to make the special effects changes later in my workflow after making other changes in PS so this technique works for me.
The image is a 5-shot HDR image taken at Spanish Cay in the Bahamas several years ago of a totally barren inlet – looking out ocean side here. It was first processed using the new On1 Photo Raw 2018 (for website link, see sidebar at my Tidbits Blog) HDR filter which did a very good job, and finished up using Photoshop and Luminar 2018. Hope this helped some of you out. Have a Happy Turkey Day for those of you in the US!…..Digital Lady Syd