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    Peter Gladstein

    OK - I figured it out.

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    Peter Gladstein

    Add a single image. Then right click - Show in Finder. Now, you can add folders.

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    Norm Gilbert

    Layers is totally misnamed. Yes, it does match the functionality of Image Layers from L4. Yes, it also matches the functionality of the Texture tool in L4.

    But it does not do anything at all like adding a new editing layer or creating a stamped layer. This may not be as important since the same tool can be used repeatedly and painted into the image in different places and ways. 

    So, there is no way to copy and past a layer, no masks we can save. We can paint in effects from one tool into an underlying image.

    But masks are still not included. So no gradient masks, no radial masks, no luminosity masks, no copy, paste, or erase controls.

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    Norm Gilbert

    Here are a few of the reviews of Luminar Neo on release day. These are first impressions.

    The reviews range from Matt Suess' savage review entitled The Worst Luminar Release Yet, where he does not (yet) recommend the program at all, to some more positive reviews from others like Anthony Morganti and FlyEnri :

    Matt Suess

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4q_Q2dMyys

    A fairly positive review from Digital Photo Mentor, who is only using Neo as a plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom. I do not use Lightroom or Photoshop and relegate Luminar to a mere plug-in, so I pretty much discounted her review.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWdAiwV0rK8

    Anthony Morganti in his Disappointed? Review says Neo is an unfinished product." It's OK, but has the potential to be very, very good." I agree.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Upxk7IAHa88

    Here's FlyEnri's review, again it seems the consensus is the product has things that are good, some that are bad, and many that are missing.

    His recommendation is that Neo is suitable for the high-level amateur who wants to improve a single image.  It is much lower priced than Adobe or ON1 but not as powerful. Neo is not in his opinion for professional photographers or events photographers who need to turn around 100 wedding pictures overnight.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWh4H0ap6D8

    My view is simply wait and see.

    I will use Neo where appropriate, for the features it has that are not present in earlier Luminar products. But it is not yet ready to be my day-to-day editor. Great potential, as yet unrealized.

    Since so many of the tools are carried over from previous versions, I won't spend a lot of my time on step-by-step tutorials but remain more interested in the anomalies and differences in how Neo works, like going back into the Edits column to re-do something.

    I look forward to Skylum giving users the ability to name an edit, so we don 't have an edit called Develop show up 8 times in the list.

    I'd rather wait until April to get a fully fleshed out Neo, then get the changes in drips and drabs every few weeks. I'd love to see Neo was a plug-in to Luminar 4 . . . But that will never happen.

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    John Klippel

    This worked for me as well.   I also put in a request to be able to organize layers into groups as I can see after time this would get a crazy.

     

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