This article is an ultimate guide to the Luminar Landscape Enhancer, which you can find within the Essentials Tools Panel. The Essentials Tools Panel in Skylum Luminar is a set of filters, and are some of the most frequently used tools in image post-processing workflows.
Luminar Landscape Enhancer is most typically used in conjunction with the AI Enhance & AI Light Tools. But firstly, before we get into this how-to guide, here is a very short 1-minute introduction from Skylum using the Landscape Enhancer feature.
Luminar Landscape Enhancer
Now, opening the Landscape Enhancer tab, you are presented with three sliders and form the Basic Settings. These are:
- Golden Hour
- Foliage Enhancer
The Luminar Dehaze slider is essentially a contrast slider. However, unlike a contrast adjustment that globally targets all pixels in an image, Dehaze is a localised adjustment. Luminar Dehaze targets washed out areas, but leaves alone areas that already have contrast.
In this example, we set the Dehaze slider to 60. You can see that the filter has darkened the sky tones bringing out the blues and sunset tones. But, the filter has not impacted the darker tones and shadows in the foreground or the mountain range.
One observation about this filter is that it has utility not only in Landscapes. You can use it whenever you need to brighten the contrast in washed out mid-tones.
The Golden Hour filter works in a similar way to Dehaze, but it targets the tones present in sunrise and sunset pictures. Golden Hour adds warmth and brightness to your image. Use the Golden Hour filter sparingly, because you can too easily make you images too vibrant and oversaturated.
Used with care though, Golden Hour is a useful tool to enhance an existing sunrise/sunset picture or to emulate the light effect during sunrise or sunset.
In our example above, the Golden Hour slider has targeted the sunlight orange and yellow tones in the image, making them brighter and more saturated. The Golden Hour filter has utility beyond landscape photography, including architecture, natural light portraiture, and nature.
As its name suggests, the Foliage Enhancer filter enhances the colours of foliage and greenery automatically, making them more vivid and natural. It works in the same way as Dehaze but is instead targetting the green tones in your image; adding saturation and brightness.
Luminar Landscape Enhancer Advanced Settings
Left-Clicking the Advanced Settings tab brings up two further landscape enhancement options.
This filter only works if you gave used the Foliage Enhancer filter. The Foliage Hue slider allows you to make fine adjustments to the hue of affected foliage.
To use the Edit Mask from the drop-down menu, you first apply The Landscape Enhancement effects you want. Then selecting Brush in the Edit Mask drop-down menu, you can paint the areas of the image you want to affect.
You can change the brush size using the bracket keys:
- [ = Smaller Brush
- ] = Larger Brush
You can also change the flow of the effect for finer control over the edit. The Edit Mask capability is really useful if say you want to selectively enhance an image. You might for example have an image with a building, but you want to only target the foliage. Edit Mask allows you to do this, check out our example:
Luminar Landscape Enhancer – Conclusions
The Luminar Landscape Enhancer is a fantastic tool to remove haze from any picture, and it doesn’t have to be limited to just landscapes. Plus, the Foliage and Golden Hour filters are an easy way to target colour improvements in your images, and without the complexity of using the Light Tool.
This Luminar Essentials article forms a suite of interactive guides on the Skylum Luminar photo editing software. If you found this useful, please check out our other Luminar articles and how-to guides in the Learn Photography section of our site.
If you don’t yet have a copy of Luminar, but would like to purchase one, you can get a copy from the Luminar website.
Other Luminar articles you may be interested in:
An Essential guide to the Luminar Colour and Luminosity Denoise capability.
An interactive guide to Luminar Details Enhancement filters.
An interactive guide to the Luminar AI Enhance Tool capability.
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