27 Jun The best way to use Luminar Flex with Lightroom

Source: Thomas Fitzgerald Photography

If you are using Luminar flex as a plug-in for Lightroom, then there are lots of different ways to activate it. However, personally I use a bit of a roundabout method, by sending the image to Photoshop first. In this post I’ll explain why, and what the steps are that you should use if you want to work this way too.

Why use photoshop? Why not just launch it directly?

If you launch Luminar Flex directly from Lightroom, you will save a step, and it is certainly a little less work, but doing this loses you a degree of flexibility. More importantly though, you loose the ability to re-edit your image. If you send the picture to Photoshop first, and you send it as a smart object, you can maintain not only the edibility of your Luminar edits, but also the camera raw edits.

This is one of the advantages of Luminar Flex over the standard version of Luminar, when used as a plug-in. Because Luminar Flex supports Photoshop’s smart objects properly, if you apply it as a filter to a smart layer – you can go back in and re-edit your settings at any time in Photoshop. This doesn’t work in the stand alone version of Luminar. You can apply the stand alone version as a smart object, but it doesn’t retain the settings if you then re-edit the smart filter. It will revert back to defaults.

Step by step instructions.

Here’s what I do if I want to send an image to

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