Luminar 4: Add Your Own Sky to the Sky Replacement Drop Down Menu

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R_U_Q_R_U
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Luminar 4: Add Your Own Sky to the Sky Replacement Drop Down Menu
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The sky files in Luminar 4 Sky Replacement drop down menu are just JPG files. You can add or remove them.

NOTE: Backup this folder after you add/remove files since it seems Luminar reverts to stock after an update.

On a Mac:

Luminar 4 Add Your Own Sky to the Drop Down Menu

Open Finder

1. Double click on Applications folder

2. Right Click on Luminar 4 Application Icon

3. Select Show Package Contents from drop down menu

4. Double click on Contents folder

5. Double click on Frameworks folder

6. Double click on MPLuminar4Resources.framework folder

7. Double Click on Resources folder

8. Double click on SkyTextures Folder

Copy your new sky images into this folder. Skylum needs to make this a menu item so people are not all using the same sky. I have already seen some on Facebook and elsewhere. This could be very embarrassing to have the same sky as the next photographer all the time!

Here is the path:

/Applications/Luminar 4.app/Contents/Frameworks/MPLuminar4Resources.framework/Versions/A/Resources/SkyTextures

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Re: Luminar 4: Add Your Own Sky to the Sky Replacement Drop Down Menu
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For those on a PC wishing to follow this advice, the Sky Textures are easily found by following this chain:

Open folders

This/My PC >

Local Disc (normally) ā€œCā€ >

Program Files (not Program Files x86) >

Skylum Folder >

Luminar 4 Folder >

Profiles >

Sky Textures Folder {contains the sky images)

RussC
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Re: Luminar 4: Add Your Own Sky to the Sky Replacement Drop Down Menu
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R_U_Q_R_U wrote:

The sky files in Luminar 4 Sky Replacement drop down menu are just JPG files. You can add or remove them.

NOTE: Backup this folder after you add/remove files since it seems Luminar reverts to stock after an update.

On a Mac:

Luminar 4 Add Your Own Sky to the Drop Down Menu

Open Finder

1. Double click on Applications folder

2. Right Click on Luminar 4 Application Icon

3. Select Show Package Contents from drop down menu

4. Double click on Contents folder

5. Double click on Frameworks folder

6. Double click on MPLuminar4Resources.framework folder

7. Double Click on Resources folder

8. Double click on SkyTextures Folder

Copy your new sky images into this folder. Skylum needs to make this a menu item so people are not all using the same sky. I have already seen some on Facebook and elsewhere. This could be very embarrassing to have the same sky as the next photographer all the time!

Here is the path:

/Applications/Luminar 4.app/Contents/Frameworks/MPLuminar4Resources.framework/Versions/A/Resources/SkyTextures

This is interesting. Thanks for explaining the process so clearly. Of course, we do have the option to use a custom sky already in L4. In the replace sky dropdown menu at the bottom is the option to load a custom sky. Just needs to be set up so L4 can find wherever you stored those skies. Having them already in the dropdown menu is a good option. It would be nice if there was also a preview function when scrolling through the different skies. I find it beneficial to be able to at least see an icon size preview of my desktop stored file of skies.

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. . . or, if you are using Photoshop, simply open the file in PS and click in Luminar as found in your filter folder.

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nor70 Regular Member • Posts: 271
Re: Luminar 4: Add Your Own Sky to the Sky Replacement Drop Down Menu

Strangely, Luminar 4 does not show up in my Filters Folder (CS6); although it is available in Lightroom and yes, I did add the plug in from Luminar

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RussC wrote:

It would be nice if there was also a preview function when scrolling through the different skies. I find it beneficial to be able to at least see an icon size preview of my desktop stored file of skies.

Yes it would, and it's a good suggestion to send to Skylum.

Until ... could use an image viewer like Faststone to browse before selecting. You can have it always open a specific folder which would be quick.

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Yes, I don't see a plug-in for Luminar. Only modern PS and LR. Have you tried? Sometimes these plug-ins can be moved around . . . . and sometimes  not.Maybe copy the plug-in from LR and dump it into your CS 6 folder? Let us know.

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It would also be nice if Skylum made the process of storing new skies part of the menu system. I suspect that after a short time people will tire of using the one's supplied by them in the drop down menu and would want to permanently replace. them.

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nor70 Regular Member • Posts: 271
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Hi Steve, thanks for the interest

Just finished rummaging in the Lightroom programme folders, but unable to find any sign of Luminar 4 there, so I’ll check the Adobe roaming files later today

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R_U_Q_R_U wrote:

It would also be nice if Skylum made the process of storing new skies part of the menu system. I suspect that after a short time people will tire of using the one's supplied by them in the drop down menu and would want to permanently replace. them.

True and good point, but that would only be a convenience issue.  Adding skies to the L4 folder is a snap.  You can also delete or rename L4's default sky images, by the way.  I just did this since I didn't like Skylum's naming scheme all that much plus found I'll never use some of what they offered.

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I have all my cloud photos in a folder called Clouds. Easy enough to add them. As a PS plug-in I simply add them . . . and wait for them to load. This usually takes awhile - sometimes a minute or more on huge tiffs. And yes, it will easily take jpgs or tiffs.

lokatz wrote:

R_U_Q_R_U wrote:

It would also be nice if Skylum made the process of storing new skies part of the menu system. I suspect that after a short time people will tire of using the one's supplied by them in the drop down menu and would want to permanently replace. them.

True and good point, but that would only be a convenience issue. Adding skies to the L4 folder is a snap. You can also delete or rename L4's default sky images, by the way. I just did this since I didn't like Skylum's naming scheme all that much plus found I'll never use some of what they offered.

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nor70 wrote:

Hi Steve, thanks for the interest

Just finished rummaging in the Lightroom programme folders, but unable to find any sign of Luminar 4 there, so I’ll check the Adobe roaming files later today

Try filters. It is located it the PS Filters so I assume it might be in LR.

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nor70 Regular Member • Posts: 271
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To continue: found a connection with Luminar 4 within Lightroom’s folders and copied it across to Photoshop, unfortunately it achieved nothing

Raised the problem with Skylum and will continue to seek a solution myself

When/should a remedy turn up, I will let you know

Best regards

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nor70 wrote:

For those on a PC wishing to follow this advice, the Sky Textures are easily found by following this chain:

Open folders

This/My PC >

Local Disc (normally) ā€œCā€ >

Program Files (not Program Files x86) >

Skylum Folder >

Luminar 4 Folder >

Profiles >

Sky Textures Folder {contains the sky images)

Thanks. Just want to add you need administrator rights to do the copy.

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R_U_Q_R_U wrote:

Copy your new sky images into this folder. Skylum needs to make this a menu item so people are not all using the same sky. I have already seen some on Facebook and elsewhere. This could be very embarrassing to have the same sky as the next photographer all the time!

This is a real limitation in the software. I have 224 original skies uploaded already - but even that will very quickly be repetitive if I start plastering new skies everywhere (which I won't).

Next step should surely be an AI artificial sky randomiser function - creating unique skies for every scene.

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lokatz wrote:

R_U_Q_R_U wrote:

It would also be nice if Skylum made the process of storing new skies part of the menu system. I suspect that after a short time people will tire of using the one's supplied by them in the drop down menu and would want to permanently replace. them.

True and good point, but that would only be a convenience issue. Adding skies to the L4 folder is a snap. You can also delete or rename L4's default sky images, by the way. I just did this since I didn't like Skylum's naming scheme all that much plus found I'll never use some of what they offered.

Each time Skylum issues an update the sky folder reverts to factory. They should implement a "user folder" that remains static after an update. I have already had one update and the folder was returned to factory settings.

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Thanks for this! Not only can I add my own skies, but just this morning I was looking in the contents to see if I could find the default LUT's and sure enough they are behind the same directory!

Based on the same "show package contents" method I was able to extract the LUT's from the Fujifilm film simulations look files. This way I can apply them separately as a LUT to any photo that I have already applied edits to.

Cheers!

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Good to know, but I almost never use LUTS. I enjoy the creative aspect too much, I guess.

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What would be really useful would be to have a preview of the sky image, rather than just having a list of filenames to choose from.
How many people can remember what "My_Sky_27" looks like?

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MisterBG wrote:

What would be really useful would be to have a preview of the sky image, rather than just having a list of filenames to choose from.
How many people can remember what "My_Sky_27" looks like?

Go here to make a feature request: Skylum Community

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