Luminar 4 Sky Replacement – Storing ‘Presets’

This mini-article covers how to add custom skies to your sky preset library when using Luminar 4 to perform sky replacement in your images.

I wrote this mini-article off the back of doing a feature on the Luminar 4 Sky Replacement Tool. What I noticed is that there is currently no capability within Luminar, to save your own images as presets for the replacement tool. Even images you have purchased from Skylum cannot be loaded as presets. This makes the custom image process a little clunky, especially if you are trying out several different backgrounds, as you have to keep loading them in separately each and every time.

Update: As of Luminar 4.3 this issue has been fixed. However, if you are using Luminar 4.2 or below, then read on.

Looking around the internet, there are solutions for how to get around this on a PC, but I didn’t manage to find anything for a Mac. So here you are, the solution for both PC and Apple Mac!

Apple Mac Solution: 

  • Firstly, if Luminar is running then close the software either by using ‘Command + Q’ short-code within the Luminar or through the menu by clicking ‘File’ and ‘Quit Luminar 4’
  • Open up Finder, navigate to the Applications folder, and press ‘Ctrl + Left Click’ on the Luminar 4 icon
  • This brings up a pull-down menu instead of opening the software. Select ‘Show Package Contents’ from this menu.
  • Now double left-click the following folders:
    • ‘Contents’
    • ‘Frameworks’
    • ‘MPLuminar4Resources.framework’
    • ‘Resources’
    • ‘SkyTextures’
  • You now cut and paste the sky image files that you want to appear in Luminar into this folder, and then restart Luminar 4. From the AI Sky Replacement option in the Creative Menu, you should now see your new images as presets.

PC Solution: 

Firstly, if Luminar is running then close the software either by using ‘Ctrl + Q’ short-code within the Luminar or through the menu by clicking ‘File’ and ‘Quit Luminar 4’.

  • Next left-click File and then the following folders:
    • Program Files
    • Skylum
    • Luminar 4
    • Profiles
    • Sky Textures
  • You now cut and paste the sky image files that you want to appear in Luminar into this folder, and then restart Luminar 4. From the AI Sky Replacement option in the Creative Menu, you should now see your new images as presets.

Note: If you do this mod, please follow the instructions carefully. It might even be a good idea to back up your ‘SkyTextures’ folder before you start so that if things go wrong, you can get back to where you started. The mod worked on my computer, but I obviously cannot guarantee it will work on all!

If this was useful for you, check out our range of Learn Photography guides.

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