Using Workspaces in Luminar 2018


One of my favourite features about Luminar are the workspaces. I also find that many people are not really too sure what to do with them. As you progress with your learning and ability using Luminar, you may become less reliant on Presets. However, with so many functions and filters inside of Luminar it maybe hard to find a good starting point for editing your images. Workspaces help by putting what you need right where you need it.

Utilizing workspaces can greatly increase your workflow and make you less reliant on presets as a one-size-fits-all solution. The reason that I say this is that anytime you use a preset it may not be 100% the right fit for every image. Starting off with them may get you into the right area but often we just think that it’s “good enough” and move on.  Workspaces give you the tools but they do not apply them to the image. So you can add what you need to each individual image.

Workspaces are like laying out the exactly tools that you need for the job. They don’t change the image but give you a simplified set of filters to start out with. That way you can start editing your way through the image as you see fit. If you’d like to add more then you certainly can. The advantage here is that you have basically what you need to start working on your image. You don’t have to sift through the filter list to find anything.

Start with the Preloaded Workspaces

When you first load luminar, it will be set to the “clear” workspace. This basically means that there are no filters loaded into that workspace yet. For some reason, I find this kind of annoying due to my own personal workflow and familiarity with lightroom. However, you can your favourite workspace to be the default workspace when you open Luminar. To do so, you just have to scroll down to the bottom of the menu in the and choose “set as default” and it will be loaded up when you open Luminar again.

Find your own

One of the best tips that I have come across has been the use and organization of workspaces. What I mean is that Luminar allows you to create your own custom workspace. This is great for when you have a set of filters that you find yourself using over and over again.  If you take it one step further and set your “go-to workspace” as the default, it will save you a ton of time with you are editing.

The next level is to set up a few workspaces that are specific to what you shoot. So if you are a cityscape shooter and then you can build a workspace that has all your preferred tools. If you shoot sunrises quite a bit then you can build one for those. The advantage here is that you won’t need to hunt around for each filter and you can focus more on the edits.

The bottomline here is that you can increase your workflow and get the right look for your images faster and easier using workspaces. Instead of relying on cookie-cutter presets, you can make edits precisely using your most commonly used filters. If you would like to try my go-to workspace, you will soon be able to download it  from within the next week or so.


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