As you work with an image, the Edit toolbar contains many commands that you’ll frequently use. These are grouped logically for easier use. Here are the buttons from left to right.

LuminarAI button

Clicking this reveals a shortcut menu for several key tools. If a raw file is recording or an image is being analyzed, you may see this area pulse and cycle to indicate that your computer is processing data.

Open

The first button controls how files are added to Luminar. Clicking the Open button reveals two choices.

  • Add Folder with images. Add an existing folder on your computer to your Luminar library.
  • Edit Single Image. Bring individual images into Luminar for editing.

Comparison Buttons

These buttons allow you to compare the current image with the original image, so you can easily compare how your enhancements change the photograph. 

  • Compare. This button activates a comparison where the image is divided by a vertical strip (“curtain”). The original image (Before) is displayed on the left, and the current result (After) is on the right. This vertical strip can be dragged left or right, so you can view the differences in the picture.

  • Quick Preview. The eyeball icon can quickly toggle between the original image and the enhanced version.  Another way to see this change is to use the keyboard shortcut \ (backslash).  This allows you to quickly compare the current image with the original. This is the fastest and most convenient mode of comparison.

Magnification

The next menu is used for changing your view of the image size in the Gallery view.

  • Magnification Level. The first menu controls the zoom level.  Click the drop-down menu to choose from a preset.
    • In Single image mode you’ll see magnification levels based on zoom percentages.

  • In Gallery images mode view this menu shows a preset list of sizes.

Other View Options

There are two additional items you can choose to activate when editing an image and viewing it in Single image mode.

  • Filmstrip. The Filmstrip displays a strip of images along the left side of the interface.  It shows you all of the images in the currently selected view, album, or folder.  It’s a convenient way to select images without having to switch back to the Library view. You can toggle visibility by choosing View > Show Filmstrip.

  • Current Photo Actions. View the filename and flags for the selected image. You can toggle visibility by choosing View > Show Current Photo Actions.

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