I've been using Skylum's software since the days of Macphun and the Intensify app but I think they've lost me now. I have never used the DAM feature in Luminar because I have my own system of keeping track of images, I've only ever used the editing features. But now they've severely crippled the abilities of previous versions of Luminar to the extent it's almost unusable.
No more work spaces???? Whose idea was that?
Having to click on dinky little icons to access someone else's idea of what tools I need to edit my images is programmer's arrogance not to mention that until the learning curve has been climbed there is no indication of what's actually behind those icons until they're clicked.
Adjustments to Blacks and Whites seem to be available only with the Essentials/Light selection and any adjustments done in this Light tool cannot be selectively masked. You have to create another new adjustment layer and do the edits there then use the Edit Mask tool on that entire layer to selectively adjust your edits. What c*^#p
Color Contrast when you finally find it no longer has Brightness or Contrast sliders.
Exposure is now only in the Essentials/Light area so it also requires an entire new adjustment layer if you want to fine tune the areas you want to adjust in your image.
Contrast is the same but it's called "smart" Contrast -yeah, right.
Saturation/Vibrance is now part of the same mask as HSL so it can't be fine tuned within areas of an image independently of HSL and vice versa. Why??
Structure is now AI Structure but it's not too intelligent because it takes at least twice as long to produce an effect as the ordinary structure in Luminar 3. In fact I can apply structure in L3 and mask off the areas I don't want affected in less time than L4 takes to apply itself. Duh!
Dehaze? You'd better hunt for it. It's under Essentials/Landscape Enhancer and is lumped in with Golden Hour and Foliage Enhancer so again you cannot apply and fine tune each one separately.
Same goes for AI Sky Enhancer and AI Accent, they can't be split up either.
I could go on but there it is, a severely handicapped version of what it was. What were they thinking, I've definitely wasted my money, don't waste yours, stick with L3
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