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    Margaret Bright

    Hi Fraser,

    Please note that Luminar is not compatible with Affinity Photo and the interactions of these two apps are not documented

    Nevertheless, you can try installing the plugin for Affinity Photo manually.

    1. Make sure Luminar 4 is closed.
    2. Open Affinity Photo.
    3. Navigate to the File > Edit > Preferences 
    4. Open Photoshop Plugins ( https://prnt.sc/topquh )
    5. Click on Add > Point Affinity to the Program Files >Skylum> Luminar4 folder (https://prnt.sc/tops56)
    6. Choose "Allow Unknown plugins to be used" https://prnt.sc/toprmc 
    7. Restart Affinity Photo app.

    To use Luminar 4 as a plugin click on Filters > Plugins > Skylum Software > Luminar 4.

    Here is a video tutorial: https://www.dropbox.com/s/slseodnqdu9j42o/Affinity%20plugin.mp4?dl=0

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    Ian Murrell

    Margaret Bright

    Fraser Thomson

    Luminar 4 worked with Affinity Photo and ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate  up until the release of 4.3.0 (6175).  At that point, it became necessary to exchange the Luminar4.8bf file with the one from 4.2 to keep it working as a plugin with those two host programs.

    That continued to be the case with the "pre-installed" beta or test version of 4.3.0 (6886), however with the release of the current version of 4.3.0 (6886) even that failed.  I have reverted two PC's back to 4.3.0 (6175) and with it now working again from both of the above host editors given up on any further updates of Luminar..

    What I find strange about Support's continued line that "Luminar is not compatible with Affinity Photo", or "Affinity Photo is not supported by Luminar" is that in a video interview "Changing Reality with Skylum' CEO Alex Tsepko", he says that Skylum wants to be a good neighbour with, and compliment three host editors, Affinity Photo, Capture 1 and Adobe.  For those who watch the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILTZteYZmLk  the relevant section starts around 20:30.  Seems even the CEO can't get the message across to the rest of the troops. .

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    Roy Blackwell

    Windows 10 v2004:

    Dell Laptop with Photoshop: I have both Affinity Photo 1.8.5 and Affinity Photo 1.9.0 beta and plugins for Luminar 4.3.0 (6886) and Aurora HDR 2019 work. Air Magic and Photolemur also work.

    Aging Desktop without Photoshop: I have Affinity Photo 1.8.5 and the Luminar 4.3.0 (6886) plugin did not work until I followed this prodecure:

    https://community.skylum.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360009396820/comments/360002304900

    Note: I did have Photoshop/Lightroom on my desktop at one time but had uninstalled it.

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    Margaret Bright

    Ian Murrell

    When Alex says that we want to compliment three editors and be a good neighbour, it does not actually mean that our apps would officially work with all these editors as a plugin. We want to compliment other photo editors by introducing new and exciting features that are not present in any other photo-editing software.

    We do want to give our artists a chance to add Luminar 4 to their workflow in other apps. And as you may know, Luminar 4 can be used as a plugin to Affinity Photo. But this integration was not intentionally implemented on our side, and therefore is not officially supported. There is a way to use Luminar 4 as a plugin to Affinity Photo, but it is more of a workaround than an officially documented procedure. That is why we can suggest some steps and workarounds, but as much as we want to we cannot absolutely guarantee a smooth integration with Affinity Photo. And that is the reason why our team points out the lack of full compatibility.

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    Ian Murrell

    Roy Blackwell

    Roy, the problem with all of the "how to's" that refer to uninstalling or installing via Luminar 4's File->Install Plugins is that in all the versions of Luminar 4 that I have had, the options in that panel have always been greyed out.

    I am well aware of how to set up .8bf plugins in Affinity Photo, I have most of Topaz plugins, both the AI ones and the older legacy products, and I can also run the NIk Collection plugins.

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    Ian Murrell

    Margaret Bright

    With respect, " But this integration was not intentionally implemented on our side" sort of says it all.

    To be a good neighbour, you need to put some effort into the relationship, you can't just sit back and hope it happens.

    If Alex Alex Tsepko was serious about it, he would simply instruct his Product Development Manager to make it happen, and if that didn't get results there would be a vacancy created.

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