Google recently announced they would no longer support Nik, a photo editing plug-in for Lightroom and Photoshop. I, like many others had become dependent on Nik in my editing workflow. I was even one of those who spent a huge sum for Nik in the early days before google bought them and started distributing it for free. While I can’t understand google’s decision to scrap such a brilliant piece of software, I’m moving on.
Recently Scott Kelby published a video course on his KelbyOne site on this very topic…replacing Nik with Macphun’s Luminar. I went ahead with his suggestion, and don’t regret it at all. Luminar is easy and intuitive…easy to learn. I wasn’t looking for a replacement for Lightroom and Photoshop, simply a Nik replacement. I think I got something in between. It’s more than Nik. It can do what Nik did, but more, with more flexibility. I’ll be using Luminar a lot. With the ability to handle layers, Luminar might even replace some Photoshop functionality eventually. That will take some time though since I’m quite comfortable with Photoshop…but it could happen.
As an aside, I purchased On1’s software some months ago, and have tried it several times, but it never took hold the same way Luminar did. It almost does too much…is that possible? I keep telling myself I need to learn more about On1.