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Luminar: Step by Step


Product Details:

Software version:

Luminar 2018


Nicole S. Young

Publish date:

April 2018

Delivery method:

Digital download

Filetypes included:

.pdf, .mp4, Image files and presets

Luminar: Step by Step

Learn how to process photos using Luminar with this step-by-step masterclass eBook and video tutorial set. In the first three chapters, the book highlights nearly all of the features and tools within the software and also gives some recommendations for filters and other techniques to use on your photos. Then, the remaining chapters show several start-to-finish processing examples of images and include the full-size raw files for you to download and follow along on your own computer.

What you get with your purchase:

  • eBook: PDF eBook download.
  • Video Tutorials: Five bonus video tutorials (watch online or download to your computer). Includes closed-captioning (CC) in English.
  • Practice files: This tutorial set includes the full-size raw and other practice files from the images used in the eBook and video tutorials. It also includes the fully-processed .lmnr files as well so you can preview the fully-edited photos.


  • Number of Pages: 247 pages
  • Format: PDF (Vertical & Horizontal versions)
  • eBook File Size: 68.7 MB
  • Practice files:  Raw (.arw, .raf, .cr2), JPEG, and .lmnr files (424.8 MB)
  • Published: April 2018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-9982613-8-6

Video Tutorials:

  • Description: Five video tutorials showing how to process additional images using Luminar. Includes demonstration on processing photos into Luminar as a plugin from both Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as an HDR processed in Aurora HDR.
  • Format: Videos (.mp4 files), HD 1080p video,includes closed-captioning (online only). Watch online or download to your computer.
  • Length: 59 min, 53 sec (796.3 MB)
  • Practice files: Raw (.raf, .dng, .nef), JPEG, and .lmnr files (464.6 MB)

Software version:

This eBook features Luminar by Skylum using both the Mac and Windows versions of Luminar 2018. The video training demonstrates the Mac version of Luminar 2018, and users can view the up-to-date differences between the two versions by clicking here.

Print Book:

Purchase the print edition of this book on Amazon: $49.99 — Buy on Amazon

Table of Contents

  • Getting Started • 2
  • Digital Downloads • 8
  • The Luminar Workspace • 11
  • Top Toolbar • 13
  • Histogram, Layers, & Info • 17
  • Filters • 20
  • Presets • 22
  • Working with Files • 27
  • Filters & Workspaces • 29
  • Presets • 36
  • Layers • 40
  • Masking • 48
  • Clone & Erase • 60
  • Crop, Rotate, & Transform • 65
  • Saving & Exporting • 68
  • Luminar & Plugins • 73
  • Raw Processing • 85
  • Tone Enhancements • 94
  • Color Adjustments • 99
  • Adding Intensity • 102
  • Sharpening • 107
  • Special Effects • 110
  • Love Birds • 115
  • The Shipwreck • 131
  • Flying High • 153
  • Day To Night • 175
  • Double Exposure • 195
  • Conclusion • 222
  • Keyboard Shortcuts • 223
  • Index • 227
  • May 30, 2018 — Updates were made to the Index (adding hyperlinks to the page numbers) and added captions to the downloadable video files.

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26 Jul 2018
Charles B.
United States United States

Get Up to Speed in Luminar Quickly

I was looking for a resource that would get me up to speed with the basics of Luminar quickly and provide me a foundation understand the powerful features of this first-class image processing software and Nicole Young’s "Luminar: Step By Step" is it. I’ve been using Lightroom since it was a beta and Photoshop before that but I found Luminar different enough that I was sometimes frustrated when I tried using it. Nicole’s well organized book and clear examples got me up to speed quickly. The videos that came with the book are first class and very useful. **Highly Recommended**

05 Jul 2018
Bill H.
United States United States

great book

Very detailed, works best for me to open up Luminar on my desk top and read book on laptop. Very easy and thorough.

02 Jul 2018
Vincent B.
Australia Australia

E Book on Luminar

Great book it carries a Wealth of Information Makes things very simple. Cheers Vincent Bowser

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08 Jun 2018
Richard W.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Luminar-a really good guide.

Luminar can make many improvements to photo images, but you need a helping hand. Nicole's Step by Step guide provides this at a five star level. Beautifully illustrated and with clear instructions for each stage the mysteries of Luminar are revealed. Screen shots of menus and content links to pages make this an easy and time saving guide. Follow along images also provided. Thanks, Nicole.

17 May 2018
Leonard M.
United States United States

Excellent introduction into Luminar

Very easy to read and understand the theory and working samples. It's a great illustration of what could be done to maximum improve the quality of pictures using a simple approach and best tools of Luminar. Excellent book. Highly recommended.

10 May 2018
Anthony H.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Great Book

Gets to the nub of Luminar with easy examples. Using the program more & more due to this book. Great value for money.

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08 May 2018
Ellen L.
United States United States

Helpful, but I still need more help!

I am new to post-processing. I have been using Luminar on my own photos to a limited degree with good results. Nicolesy's book is great to dive deeper into this complex software. I read the book and now need to work with it as I read it through again. I need more help though on things such as the Curves filter, Masking and Dodge and Burn such as how they work and additional ideas for their use. However, since these things are common to post-processing, maybe all I need is more background to the process. Overall, the book is helpful. I hope Luminar soon implements all the Mac commands into the Windows version as well as the promised DAM tool.

03 May 2018
Mr R.
Australia Australia

2018 Luminar how to book.

If I had this book a year ago it would have taken 9 months off the learning curve. Nicole has excellent communication skills therefore the info contained in the book is clearly articulated. This is a must have for anyone new to Luminar so do your self a favour and buy it. I can't recommend it highly enough-as a bonus the PDF is available in landscape or portrait format, meaning if you have a wide screen monitor you can spread the text in horizontal so the whole text makes for easy viewing. Another good thing is that Nicole allows for multiple downloads of her Luminar2018 ebook so how good is that. At this point I would like to say that Nicole is very approachable to any queries you might have whether about her book or any general photographic issues. Go buy it-I would give this ebook a 10/10. Nicole you have done us all a great favour, thank you.

03 May 2018
Robert K.
United States United States

Worth It

There are a lot of "special training offers" available. I don't do many. However, if it's from Nicolesy, I have confidence in her work and professionalism. Earlier, I had taken her free course on the introduction to Luminar and it was straightforward and full of great information. I haven't gone through the entire training for Luminar: Step-by-Step, but have started and it's the same quality. Even before she released the course, it was updated to reflect the most recent updates from Sylum as it pertained to those of us using Windows-based platforms. There is little hype with Nicolesy's materials, and that is so appreciated...and lets the work speak for itself.

02 May 2018
Edward S.
Canada Canada

Nativity Scene

This is another training book of the quality that I have come to expect from Nicolesy who explains step by step in clearly understandable language how to get the best from programs.

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01 May 2018
Larry G.
United States United States

Nicolesy Luminar

I am only about 1/4 of the way through Luminar step by step, but I know I like it and it will help me to navigate my way through the software. Nicole takes it step by step, just like the title says. You can read the ebook, stop and go to the program and try the things she is explaining, then go back to the ebook and continue. Just like Lightroom 2 Minutes, this book is very understandable and it seems like Nicole is working right along with you. I highly recommend any of Nicole's work.

01 May 2018
Rhodri P.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Luminar…..a lifeline!

I began using Luminar about three months ago on the recommendation of my camera group. They had arranged a discount so it seemed a good deal and not one to miss. Away I went, using Luminar was really easy, it did not frighten me like PS or LR. However, I was only scratching the surface of what it was capable of. The ebook was a godsend! I am able to use it, follow the simple layout of instructions and guidance to now fully start to use Luminar properly, or should that be fully. The book is well written, practical to use and non threatening. It gives clear support and is user friendly. If you have Luminar you need to get this, it will add a lot to what you can do.

30 Apr 2018
David D.
Canada Canada

Excellent Book

The ebook is a clear and concise manual for Luminar. Great examples and the videos provided are a huge help. Nice work Nicole.

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30 Apr 2018
David D.
Canada Canada

Excellent Book

The ebook is a clear and concise manual for Luminar. Great examples and the videos provided are a huge help. Nice work Nicole.

30 Apr 2018
Allan E.
United States United States

Edit Photos the Easy Way

First book that explains how Luminar 2018 really works. This book provides a simple way to understand how all the filters in Luminar work. Some great ideas on when to use the different filters. Provides clear distinctions between MAC & PC versions.

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29 Apr 2018
Tad H.
United States United States

Nicolesey's Luminar book

Haven't had a chance to really work with it. But browsing through the whole book paying a little more attention to the my software concerns, it is well written and explained.

29 Apr 2018
Donald W.
United States United States

New to Luminar

Just received my copy of Luminar. It's installed but I have not used it yet. Nicole's programs and hints always open up all kinds of possibilities. I am anxious to try the "Step by Step" from her.

29 Apr 2018
Neil R.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Luminar step by step

The book in helping me to enjoy and understand Luminar .I am only a amateur who is retired through health so it gives me a chance to do more with my pictures and would recommend people who want to get more out of Luminar to get it thanks.

29 Apr 2018
Robert B.
Australia Australia

More time

At an overview it looks good. But I will need more time to use it with the product to evaluate its longer term use.

29 Apr 2018
Hélène R.
Canada Canada

Great Tool !

I am very happy with the Luminar: Step by Step book and tutorials ! Everything is very well explained, and I enjoy learning with the videos just as much. Much faster than trying on my own ! I recommend it if you want to improve your work fast and explore your creativity !

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