Today I noticed that, with me, there are many people who think the color of quite a few Looks in Luminar is too bright. Now a Look is nothing more than a preset. In addition to the percentage effect, you can also adjust other settings such as the colors. The name Look is therefore somewhat confusing because it implies a fixed institution while it is actually a pre-institution. We are going to adjust one nicely as we want it. Then you can ask the question "Why do you use that Look?". Now, a look is a combination of color enhancements and effects such as glow or glow. I often like an effect but the colors are too bright, which is why I use them but adjust the colors. We will look at this with an example.

Theater Park in Hoorn

Above you see a RAW version of a photo I made of Theater the Park in Hoorn. It is a typical RAW output from a camera in which the necessary may still be adjusted. It is still a bit pale and the colors are not as striking as I would like them. I load it into Luminar and have an initial situation like below.

Start situation

Wat je hier ziet is het bewerkingsscherm. Aan de linkerkant de Bibliotheek met al mijn foto’s en onderin de presets die in Luminar Looks worden genoemd. De looks die je hier ziet zijn van “Dramatic Landcapes V1“, A package of presets that you can buy separately from Luminar. Because I want to emphasize the color of the green roof, I opt for the Color Boost look. I already know that the bare bushes in the foreground are going to get too bright, I can already see that in the preview. After applying the look I get the following image.

The look has been applied

For those who like this, you are done. However, I think the color of the winter bushes is too bright and I want to change it. In the panel on the right you can see through the brightly displayed items which are set or which are already activated as a suggestion to use. Usually under the Creative tab as the option color styles is selected but not activated because no style is chosen. For color settings I go to the Color option under Essential where I do most of the adjustment for the colors of the look.

Colors with advanced settings

Now I go straight to the advanced settings because I can more or less edit the colors there separately. I want to change some things, the color of the bare bushes down, the color of the roof of the theater more prominent and there is some purple in the air which I want to accentuate. First the color of the bushes.

Orange down

I think the presence of an orange color in the bushes is too high. I can do something about it in 3 ways, I can change the color tone, the saturation or the luminance or the brightness. I usually have a combination of saturation and luminance when I don't adjust. I usually do not change the color itself. Here I throw the saturation down and the luminance up. Then I will focus on the most prominent eye-catcher in the photo, the roof of the theater.

Increase emerald-like color

Here I increase the Emerald-like color by throwing up the saturation, making the roof more prominent. I adjust the luminance downwards so that it does not jump completely from the image. I have a similar approach to purple in the air. You can follow all the steps in the video below.

Try it yourself. A useful habit is to save the settings you have made to Looks so that you can use them again next time. You can then find them in the user looks. Finally, it is still fun to see the before and after situation.

Compare the before and after situation here

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