Hi Guys and Gals,
As some of you may have already figured out, there IS a work-around on Mac for storing your own sky images within Luminar 4 as presets alongside the built-in sky replacement presets (I didn't investigate if this is possible on windows as I only use Mac for photo processing).
As this process involves editing the contents of your Luminar Application package/framework, I have been asked to point out that users should be aware that they do this at their own risk and any issues caused may require a complete fresh re-install of Luminar 4!
OK, with that obligatory caveat out of the way; I should say that this work-around has been working great for me and saves the effort of having to import a custom sky image into L4 every time. You can setup all of your own favourite custom sky presets in advance and simply select them from the AI Sky Replacement menu from within L4.
If you're interested, here's how it's done: -
Ensure Luminar 4 is not currently running.
Double click on 'Applications' folder
Ctrl+Click on 'Luminar 4' Application icon
Select 'Show Package Contents' from drop down menu
Double click on 'contents' folder
Double click on 'frameworks' folder
Double click on 'MPLuminar4Resources.framework' folder
Double Click on 'Resources' folder
Double click on 'SkyTextures' Folder
Copy your new sky images into this folder
Start Luminar 4 and your new Skies will now show within the Sky Replacement presets in addition to built in skies (as shown below).
Just to add some supplementary info; The first thing I did was to backup the original L4 sky .jpg images (just so that I could restore these if required at any stage). I then went ahead and batch processed all of the L4 stock images as well as my custom sky images to be the same resolution as my camera files and cleaned them up using DeNoise AI from Topaz. Also, it's handy to rename them so that they sit within their appropriate categories e.g. Stormy 1, Stormy 2... etc.
I hope in a future version of Luminar 4, this functionality may be added so that the process of saving your own sky images would be easier to import and manage from within the application menu, as opposed to needing to externally edit the Luminar 4 Package itself.
Hope this helps and remember, do this at your own risk!
Cheers for now,
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