I’ve been researching and using several trial versions for weeks. These include. Luminar 3, On1 Raw 2019, Capture 1, Affinity and DxO PL2.
After all the dust settled, it’s Luminar 3. It was a close call between On1 and Luminar, but having crash issues with On1. If the program keeps crashing, even after tech support and fix updates, it really doesn’t matter how good it is.
When it came to intuitive comfort and speed with quality results... Luminar won for me. I found myself not stressing the work flow. In all the other apps, sooner or later during processing I found myself frustrated with performance, locating features or finding that they weren’t there at all. For instance, in DxO I can not stand how you're not able to see the real time modification of adjustments until you let go of the slider, leading to countless minor adjustments during a full edit.
On1 is really nice. Their DAM is excellent and imports LR wonderfully. Just not as easy to use as Luminar for me. I do not like the lack of an auto brush for masks in Luminar. That is my only real complaint. Hopefully they’ll add that soon. Seems like a basic requirement of today’s editors.
I will use Affinity for pixel editing if need be. Used Lightroom for many years. Was just fine with it. But one thing I am finally happy to say… I’VE TAKEN OFF THE ADOBE SUBSCRIPTION NOOSE. What a relief.
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