Mastering Luminar 2018 Online Training Video

With Fine Art Photographer & Educator Matt Suess

Mastering Luminar 2018 Online Training Video - with Matt Suess


Luminar 2018 is the newest version of Macphun's award winning photo editing program used by both enthusiasts and pros, and now available for Mac's & PC's.

Learn how to edit your photos with Luminar 2018 in my comprehensive step-by-step online course. This is the most complete training video course available for Skylum's Luminar!

This course features all new recordings and has more videos and more content than my original Luminar/Neptune course.

It is the most complete training video available for Skylum's Luminar 2018!

Course Features

  • Over 120 videos are planned!!
  • The Most Complete Luminar Online Course Available
  • Video available in HD 1080p
  • Course photos are included so you can follow along and practice
  • Workflow options for using with other programs like Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Aurora HDR, ON1 Photo, Photoshop, Affinity Photo, and more.
  • Videos on using Layers and Masks and the tools to create them
  • Videos explaining each of the 50 Filters in Luminar plus Lens Corrections and Transform - great to return to for quick review
  • Available in Streaming Only AND Downloadable Versions
  • Watch the videos as often as you like
  • A set of FREE Presets, Workspaces & LUTs I created are included
  • The online course features access to a private group on my website to ask questions where I and other students can answer
  • FREE course updates each time Skylum provides a free update to Luminar 2018
  • When Skylum releases their DAM (Digital Asset Management) for Luminar 2018 I will add more course videos showcasing it
  • Videos showing any differences between Mac & Windows computers, recorded on both platforms
  • And much, much more!

Expected Course Curriculum - Partial List

Chapter 01 - Download Course Photos, Videos, Presets, LUTs, and Workspaces 

  • All downloads and instructions included here

Chapter 02 - Some Basics First 

  • 01 - What's New in Luminar 2018
  • 02 - Welcome Windows Users
  • 03 - Finding Your Personal Creative Style

Chapter 03 - The Interface

  • Opening Images
  • Interface Overview
  • Histogram
  • Saving Photos in the Proprietary .lmnr File Format
  • Exporting Photos to Various File Formats
  • All About Workspaces
  • All About Presets

Chapter 04 - Workflow

  • Using as a Standalone
  • Using as a Plugin to Photoshop
  • Using as a Plugin to Lightroom
  • Using with Capture One Pro
  • Using with Aurora HDR 2018
  • Using with Photos (Mac Only)
  • Using with ON1 Photo RAW
  • Using with Skylum's Creative Kit (Mac Only)
  • Using Adobe Plugins inside of Luminar

Chapter 05 - DAM - Luminar's Digital Asset Management System

  • Various videos explaining how to use Luminar's DAM, expected in early 2018

Chapter 06 - File Menus

  • Luminar Menu (Mac Only)
  • File & Edit Menus
  • Image & Layers Menus
  • Filters & Tools Menus
  • Plugins, Mask, & View Windows
  • Window, Skylum Account, & Help Menus

Chapter 07 - The 50 Filters

  • 01 - Filter Basics -
  • 02 - Accent - AI Filter -
  • 03 - Adjustable Gradient -
  • 04 - Advanced Contrast -
  • 05 - B&W Conversion -
  • 06 - Bi-Color Toning -
  • 07 - Brightness / Contrast -
  • 08 - Brilliance/Warmth -
  • 09 - Channel Mixer -
  • 10 - Clarity -
  • 11 - Color Balance -
  • 12 - Color Contrast -
  • 13 - Color Temperature -
  • 14 - Cross Processing -
  • 15 - Curves -
  • 16 - Dehaze -
  • 17 - Denoise -
  • 18 - Details Enhancer -
  • 19 - Develop / RAW Develop -
  • 20 - Dodge & Burn -
  • 21 - Dramatic -
  • 22 - Exposure -
  • 23 - Fog -
  • 24 - Foliage Enhancer -
  • 25 - Golden Hour -
  • 26 - Grain -
  • 27 - High Key -
  • 28 - Highlights / Shadows -
  • 29 - HSL -
  • 30 - Hue Shift -
  • 31 - Image Radiance -
  • 32 - LUT Mapping -
  • 33 - Matte Look -
  • 34 - Microstructure -
  • 35 - Orton Effect -
  • 36 - Photo Filter -
  • 37 - Polarizing Filter -
  • 38 - Remove Color Cast -
  • 39 - Saturation / Vibrance -
  • 40 - Sharpening -
  • 41 - Soft Focus -
  • 42 - Soft Glow -
  • 43 - Split Color Warmth -
  • 44 - Split Toning -
  • 45 - Structure -
  • 46 - Sun Rays -
  • 47 - Texture Overlay -
  • 48 - Tone -
  • 49 - Top & Bottom Lighting -
  • 50 - Vignette -
  • 51 - Whites / Blacks -

Chapter - Tools

  • Hand Mode
  • Crop Tool
  • Free Transform Tool
  • Clone & Stamp Tool
  • Erase Tool

Chapter - Editing Our First Photos With Global Adjustments

  • Using Built-in Presets to Enhance a Photo
  • Saving & Modifying Your Own Presets
  • Speed Editing

Chapter - Layers & Masking

  • Layers - a Primer
  • Masking Brush Tool
  • Gradient Mask Mode
  • Radial Mask Mode
  • Luminosity Masking
  • Using Masks on Individual Filters
  • Using Masks on Individual Layers
  • Layer Blending Modes

Chapter - Advanced Photo Editing with Layers & Masks


Chapter - Creative Enhancements

  • Black and White
  • Advanced B&W Using the HSL Filter
  • Selective Coloring
  • Texture Blending
  • Sky Replacement

Chapter - Additional Videos

  • Batch Processing
  • Create Your Own LUTs in Photoshop
  • Create Your Own Preset Categories

Chapter - BONUS 1: Luminar 2018 Update Videos

  • 01 - Luminar v1.1.0 (1235) December Update for Windows - 13:11

Chapter - BONUS 2: Additional Videos

  • 01 - Adding Watermarks to Your Photos in Aurora HDR 2018, Luminar, and Luminar 2018 - 05:44
  • 02 - Discover Luminar 2018 - 19:57
  • 03 - Brand New Filters You Will Love in Luminar 2018 - 19:56
  • 04 - Workflow With Luminar 2018 - 14:51
  • 05 - Matt's Favorite Filters and Features Luminar 2018 - 21:54
  • 06 - Bring Your Landscape Photos to Life with Luminar 2018 - 23:32
  • 07 - Selective Filter Editing in Luminar 2018 - 15:03
  • 08 - Using Presets and Workspaces in Luminar 2018 - 15:01
  • 09 - Vintage Americana with new filters in Luminar 2018 - 20:06

Chapter - BONUS 2: Deconstructing a Few of My Photos

Lessons above that list the length of time for the video at the end of the Lesson Title are already completed and ready for viewing in the course.


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My upcoming Mastering Luminar 2018 Online Course is a huge undertaking - one of my most ambitious courses ever!

Rather than making you wait till the course is completely finished - expected to be finished in early 2018 - you can take advantage of a special limited time savings of 40% off the regular price for course. As I record and edit videos, they will automatically be added to your course dashboard as soon as they are uploaded.

Note that course videos will not necessarily be added in order. Some Chapters will be finished before other chapters. If this is fine with you, place your order today to take advantage of the 40% special offer.

If you would rather wait until the course is completed, contact me and I will let you know when it is 100% finished. Note that the over 50% savings will not apply at that time however.


New videos will be added when they are completed and available for instant streaming. The ability to download the videos may be delayed until close to when the course is completed.

As of December 23, there are 10 videos ready to watch in the Bonus Chapters that contain almost 3 hours of content. These videos have originally appeared on YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook LIVE and are now also included in this course. These are great videos to start watching while waiting for new videos to appear in the course.

Over 120 Videos
Videos Recorded in 1080p HD
Private Group & Forum to Ask Questions and Meet Fellow Students
Free Course Updates During the Life of Luminar v2018.x
Special Upgrade Pricing Whenever Skylum Might Release a Luminar v2019 or later
Course Photos & FREE Presets, LUTs, and Workspaces
Mostly Recorded on a Mac, But Windows Videos When Necessary to Show Differences Between Platforms
Streaming Video
Downloadable Videos (All course videos are available for download except Bonus videos - those are streaming only)

Streaming Only

$59.97 Regular Price is $99.95

This Special Pricing Only Available For A Limited Time - No Coupon Needed!

  • Over 120 Videos
  • Videos Recorded in 1080p HD
  • Private Group & Forum to Ask Questions and Meet Fellow Students
  • Free Course Updates During the Life of Luminar v2018.x
  • Special Upgrade Pricing Whenever Skylum Might Release a Luminar v2019 or later
  • Course Photos & FREE Presets, LUTs, and Workspaces
  • Mostly Recorded on a Mac, But Windows Videos When Necessary to Show Differences Between Platforms
  • Streaming Video
  • Downloadable Videos (All course videos are available for download except Bonus videos - those are streaming only)

What Matt's Students Have to Say

Actual testimonials from online, classroom, and field workshop students.

  • As someone new to photography, Matt was exceptional at cultivating my novice level while educating the group at a comprehensive level in the photography field. He worked relentlessly to provide us the knowledge necessary and incessantly positioned us in superlative places for stunning scenic and wildlife pictures. Matt has extraordinary talent in the realm of photography, however, he is equally as impressive with his teaching and relational skills with his students.
    Mike Parsons Mike Parsons
  • Thank you very much for a great workshop. I learned and practiced more things in this workshop than in all the others I have taken.
    Frank Croft Frank Croft
  • I found Matt’s one on one tutorial session was a perfect format for me to learn HDR. Matt’s warm and personal approach immediately put me at ease. Matt perfectly sized my skill level and personalized the pace so the information flow maximized my absorption of the subject I was able to interrupt and ask questions whenever I needed without concerns of interrupting a class. This really accentuated my climbing of the learning curve. Matt is a skilled teacher and made it “All about ME”. In two hours time Matt led me from neophyte to knowledgable user. I can’t imagine a more efficient way to enhance my photographic skills. The followup recording of our session provided positive reinforcement solidifying my new found expertise. I consider it a true value and a hyper efficient methodology for skill transfer. I will be using Matt’s skills as an expert teacher again. I look forward to our next session.
    Jay McDonald Jay McDonald
  • This was the class I was looking for. I had been using Perfect Photo for about a year and had watched some of the video presentations but did not really have the feel I wanted for the program. I had been searching for several months for someone to teach a face-to-face class and finally came upon Matt after seeing a link through on1’s emails. This was a crash course but it was perfect. Great explanations and demonstrations with plenty of time to ask questions and receive one-on-one time when needed. Matt’s experience as photographers and users of the software was very evident. It’s nice to have someone who actually uses a program in real life situations instead of a company representative. After sitting through this class, I can now start to do more with my photos and use Matt’s and on1’s videos as refreshers to the class. I now have a better understanding of the capabilities of the program and what I want to do or need to do with my photos.
    Richard Hart Richard Hart Tampa, FL

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F.A.Q's Regarding Matt's Mastering Luminar 2018 Online Course

Will I get access to the entire course today following payment?

No not the entire course. During this special pre-order phase, I am currently recording the course and posting it online video by video. By pre-ordering today, you will be able to save 50% off the course, and you will be able to watch videos as they are posted – you won’t have to wait for the entire course to be finished before you start watching.

VIDEO PRODUCTION SCHEDULE: New videos will be added to the course each week until course is completed (expected to be finished late January). I will have an email go out each Monday letting you know which new videos have been added.

NOTE: Video downloads may not be fully available until close to course completion.

Can I just wait to order once the course is finished?

Sure thing! Just contact me and I will let you know once it is complete. However the 50% discount only applies to orders taken during pre-order and won’t be available once the course is finished.

Why not just release the entire course at once instead of doing it this way?

With over 120 videos planned and hours and hours to watch (my Mastering Luminar 2017 Course had over 7.5 hours of content – this course will most likely have more) this gives those who desire a head start to start watching and learning right away.

Besides the savings and early access to some of the videos, what other benefits are there to pre-ordering?

You will also get immediate access to my students-only forum on my website dedicated to this course for you to ask questions and meet and learn from other students.

If I order the Streaming Only version, can I upgrade to the Downloadable version in the future?

Sure thing! Just contact me and I will upgrade you at a cost of the current price difference between the 2 versions at the time of your order.

I already own your original Mastering Luminar 2017 course. Is this course a free update to that one?

No it’s not. My Mastering Luminar 2018 course will be completely re-recorded with more videos and some different content compared to my 2017 course.

Students of my 2017 course can get my 2018 course at a special Luminar alumni discount of 50% now for a limited time. If you didn’t receive my email explaining how to purchase it at that special price contact me.

Can I see a list of the videos for your 2018 course so I can compare those to the 2017 course I have?

Sure thing! On this page I have a list of videos planned for this course (with a few more to be added to this list once I get closer to finishing recording).

Can I watch these on my phone, tablet, etc?

You should be able to stream them on any device. If you have the Downloadable version, you can download them to your iPhone or iPad (probably other phones/tablets too – I am only familiar with Apple products). First you would download the video files in zip format, then when you extract the zip, you will have mp4 video files that you would transfer to your device via iTunes.

I have the Windows version of Luminar 2018. Is this course still for me?

Absolutely!! Note that most videos are recorded on a Mac, however I just purchased a Windows computer to do some videos showing the Windows version. Eventually both versions will be the same, but there are currently some differences and I will point them out.

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