TIP: Using Luminar 4 as a Plug-In in Aurora HDR 2019

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    David Quillman

    I just installed Luminar 4 as a plugin to Aurora 2019.... and it works.

    But I have a question about file format,  file size and quality.

    I made the following round-trip from Aurora to Luminar 4 and back to Aurora 2019,

    The test photo is a jpeg file size 2.77 mb

    After making the round-trip from Aurora HDR 2019 to Luminar 4 and back to Aurora HDR 2019.... the final file is now an AUH file type with a file size of 38.477 mb.

    So the file size went from 2.77 mb to 38.477mb the file is now over 10 times bigger and a different format.

    I this normal? Can someone give me a recommendation for best practice for making the round trip. What file type is best for the round trip ? CR2, JPEG, AUH?

    Thank You..... I want to stop using lightroom and photoshop but I can't until I have a good understanding of best process for Aurora and Luminar.


    Thank you

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    Roy Blackwell

    @Quillman: The 'auh' format is Aurora 2019's native file format for saving all your editing information, so if you wish to modify and/or continue editing at a later time, you can do so. The 'auh' format is not a compressed photo file-type like jpeg, tiff, etc. If you wish to share your photo with others, jpeg is probably your better choice. CR2 is a Canon RAW file format, basically a digital negative that must be developed to bring out the details.

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    David Quillman

    Hello Roy,

    I have heard that changing a files format can lead to a large poor quality photo file. So I want to limit the number format changes to maintain quality and file sizes.   So I am asking what  is the best practice for making the  round trip from LR to Luminar or Aurora and back to LR. Why am I making the round trip? to maintain keywords until Luminar has a method to use keywords.

    Thanks

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    Roy Blackwell

    Not sure I am following you. Usually, when you send a LR file via plugin to Luminar, it comes into Luminar as a TIF file. You make your edits, hit Apply and the file is returned to LR as a TIF file. What you do with it at that point is up to you. You can export it in any number of file formats. Again, note that 'auh' is a native format to Aurora HDR 2019 only. No other image editing app can create or use that file format. It exists only to allow the user to save his/her editing session and pick it up again at a later time. 

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    Benku

    How do you do this on a Mac?  i.e. setting up Luminar 4 as a plugin for Aurora HDR 2019?

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    Anna V

    Here is the way you can connect Luminar 4 with Aurora HDR 2019 manually on Mac so you could send the HDR image from Aurora HDR 2019 to Luminar 4.

    Please find the file(launch Finder > File >  Find):

    Luminar4Plugin.plugin

    Copy and paste it on the Desktop(for example). 

    Launch Aurora HDR 2019 and click Plug-ins > Other > Open plug-in and navigate to the Luminar4Plugin.plugin file. 

    After that, you will be able to launch Luminar 4 from Aurora HDR 2019. 

     

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    Benku

    There appears to be no such file on my drive.  I have run a full search including for hidden files. Is there a package I should have installed?  I seem to be able to go from Luminar 4 to Aurora HDR 2019 but not the other way around.

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    Andy Kelly

    As suggested I've tried the instructions for Mac. OK as far as "Launch Aurora HDR 2019 and click Plug-ins > Other > Open plug-in and navigate to the Luminar4Plugin.plugin file." This just gives options for plugin for Photoshop / PSE / Photos etc. Am I missing something? Right now when I use "open in" or "Export to" Luminar, it opens in Luminar 2018, not Luminar 4....

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    Bob Thompson

    Is there any way to add the Luminar 4 plugin into the menu for the plugins?  the manual way works for for me as a workaround, but it would be a lot easier if I don't have to manually search for the .8bf file every time.

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    Vita Bergman

    Hi Bob!

    Aurora HDR 2019 needs to be updated before it can support Luminar 4. While we're preparing the update, you can use this workaround listed above.

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    Adrian Coleman

    Hi Vita. I'm thinking of buying Aurora but I won't be if you haven't yet updated it to support Luminar 4.  Four months on, have you done this?

    Adrian

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    Margaret Bright

    Hi Adrian,

    We have released the update for Aurora HDR 2019 (it is called Aurora HDR now), and it now supports Luminar 4 as a plugin.

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    Adrian Coleman

    Excellent news. In that case I'll be buying it today!

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    Enrico Brun

    I am also looking for a way to connect Luminar 4 to Aurora HDR but it is impossible, in my Mac there is no file: Luminar4Plugin.plugin. Have any of you solved it? If I go to Aurora HDr (last update) then I go to Plugin> Luminar ... the browser that connects to the site appears to me!

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    Angela Andrieux

    HI Enrico,

    Please reach out to us at www.skylum.com/support so our techs can look into the issue and get you up and running with Luminar 4 as a plugin to Aurora HDR.

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    Mike Ward

    I too am trying to get the plugin to allow me to connect from Aurora HDR to Luminar 4 on a Mac - I have asked Skylum support 3 times now for a link so I can download it, but so far without success. Please help!

    Update 20th June - link sent; I have to change MacOS permissions to allow me to load plug-in, but it works now.

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    Anastasia Davis

    Mike Ward Hi! We have sent you the link with the plugin via email. Please let us know how it goes.

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    Rick Fernandez

    I am having the same issue as those above on my Mac. I cannot send the photo from Aurora hDR to Lumniar 4. It opens the Skylum webpage instead. Please help.

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    Member

    I select Luminar in the plugin menu,  it shows exporting photo and then nothing.  Luminar never opens.  I am editing now today becasue I have time.  Waiting on tech support does me no good today to get these photos out.  I guess I will be getting my money back...

     

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    Enrico Brun

    hello the technical support had explained to me how to do it by downloading a file that I no longer remember all the steps, but with this everything is settled! contact technical support everything will be fine

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    Austin Miller

    Hi all.

    Here are the steps to use Luminar 4 as a plugin for Aurora HDR:

    1. Open a photo in Aurora.
    2. Click Plugins >  Other > Open Plugin.
    3. Navigate to the folder where your copy of Luminar 4 is installed. By default, it's C:\Program Files\Skylum\Luminar 4
    4. Double-click Luminar4.8bf. Luminar 4 should open as a plugin in Aurora.

    Here is the video tutorial that may also be helpfulhttps://www.loom.com/share/9a51a3854d4f4c79b970a498f048a539  

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    Roberto Di Donato

    I will try the workaround. but why hasn't this been fixed. Even after the HDR version? You click on "Luminar" from the plugin menu and it does nothing.

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    Roberto Di Donato

    no good. I tried the luminar4.8bf work around but still the same. does nothing. It says its exporting the image but then nothing happens. I tried it with Luminar 4 already open and still no good.

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    Victoria Grace

    Hi Roberto,

    Could you please reach our support team via https://skylum.com/support so that they could have a deeper look into your case?

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