Templates in Luminar are presets, that you can use to quickly edit your photographs. The unique thing about Luminar is that it uses content-aware technology to analyze your photo, and then suggest templates which may work for your image.
The suggestions which Luminar makes range from corrective edits, to creative edits. So they are often a great starting point to build from with your own editing. Alternatively, you can use the templates as a quick fix, without the need to do any complex editing yourself.
Luminar – Working With Templates
The Templates are accessed in Luminar from the Edit Module, and then by left-clicking the Templates Panel.
When you initiate Templates, it analyzes the photo you had selected and then populates the right-hand menu with a number of Template suggestions – For This Photo.
Each Template suggestion is a container for a series of Looks that you can apply to your photo. Selecting a Look is then as simple as scrolling through and selecting a suggested Templates by left-clicking to reveal a Looks panel. You can then choose from the Looks within the Collection.
Note everything you do in Luminar is non-destructive, so you can browse and try as many Templates & Looks as you want.
With a Look selected, you also get a degree of control as to the intensity of the applied effect. Right at the bottom of the Looks panel is an inconspicuous slider, which is set to 100 by default. Moving this slider to the left, then reduces the intensity of the effect.
Top-Tip: If you really like one of the Looks, clicking the heart symbol will add it to your favourites, so that you can easily find it in the future.
Top-Tip: If you want to reset your image back to its original state, click the three dots “…” at the bottom of the Looks panel and select “Reset Adjustments”.
Note, that, this only affects the adjustments made in the Templates panel. i.e. It will not affect other adjustments you have done in the Edit panel.
Here is an example of one of the Looks applied to an image.
If you have a sequence of processes that you always do to your images, you can save these as Templates. You can save multiple Templates in your library.
Creating your own Custom Templates
As an example, I used the Essentials Tools in the Edit Panel to:
- Create a Black & White Conversion
- Add Contrast & Clarity using the Structure AI Tool
- Increased Sharpness using the Details Tool
Next, we need to save all of these settings as a Template. The command to do this is tucked discretely away at the very bottom of the Edit Panel. There is a global slider here that allows you to scale the intensity of the effects you apply in the Edit Tools.
Right next to this slider are three dots “…”. Left-click these, and you are prompted to either Save or Reset Adjustments. Click Save, and the settings you just did to your image are automatically saved as a Template.
To access this Template, you navigate back to the Templates Panel. Then, under My Collection in the right-hand menu bar, you select My Templates. At this stage, your new Template will have a generic name. Clicking the three dots “…” next to the name brings up another pop-up menu allowing you to Rename your template to something more contextual.
In this case, I renamed the Template to “Black & White Contrast”.
The Custom Template will now always be available to you to use a preset.
TOP TIP: Should you ever want to alter your preset, e.g. adding other effects, or adjusting existing ones, you can do so by left-clicking the three dots next to your preset, and selecting Edit. When you have finished making any adjustments, you then re-save it.
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Specialising in landscape and wildlife photography, David is a semi-professional photographer based in Scotland, with an established fine art and stock photography portfolio; which includes published photography with the New York Post, Huffington Post, as well as various travel and tourism companies worldwide.