Open photo in Luminar

Luminar offers many easy-to use and powerful controls to improve your image. The first step of course is opening a picture within the application. Here's how to open a photo.

There are several ways to open images based on your personal preference. Each of these four methods generates the same outcome, so choose the one that works best for you.

First, launch Luminar.
You can now open a supported file format using any of these methods.

  1. At the startup screen, click the Load Image button to navigate to and open a file. Choose File > Open… to navigate to and open a file.
  2. To open an image you recently edited, choose File > Open Recent.
  3. You can also drag a photo directly onto the Luminar application in the Dock. Your photo opens into the Canvas ready for editing.


NOTE: The image background can also be changed. By default it is dark gray. But it can be lightened, as desired. Select the menu item View > Background or right-mouse click on the image background to select a new background color for the image.

Supported File Types.
Luminar is designed to open a wide range of file formats. This ensures compatibility with most cameras as well as common graphic formats. Supported file types include:

Graphic Formats: PNG, JPG, TFF (8-bit and 16-bit), GIF, PSD; Popular RAW formats, including: CR2, NEF, ORF, RAF, ERF, ARW, RW2, PEF and other.

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