written by
Brian Francis

Beautify Your Content Images Faster

Content Creation 4 min read

Now, I am not sure to what extent you create and edit the content images you create and share on social media. However, this tip is for anyone; even those with only a little photo editing experience.

Travel and sightseeing in the UK

Faster Content Image Editing Experience

It works almost like those secret agent movies, where a computer whizz kid is able to magically manipulate an images composition...

Creating and Preparing Images for your Web Content

Have you ever had one of those moments, where whilst preparing content, you come across the odd photo that lends itself to an idea you have. But, the only snag, is that the image requires a little photo editing.

Time is against you, and you feel that the effort that it would take to make the changes may not be justified.

And so you settle for an uninspiring photo that doesn’t exactly tell your story how you’d really like.

“I want to add an air balloon and an aeroplane to my photo...”

If only you could “automagically” change the Sky for your intended poster design in order to more closely represent the idea you have in you ‘head’.

Now, this is where, for me, Luminar 4 steps in. You can even use it as a plugin extension with Adobe Photoshop or Photos for macOS, if you decide to go the whole hog with your editing that is. I typically use Luminar as a standalone for mostly quick, but detailed photo editing. And especially for applying sets of images with similar effects.

Now, that’s not all Luminar is useful for. Take the Sky Replacement and Augmented Sky Tools. You can edit the sky of most photos without any manual masking involved.

Yes, change both the sky and add items as demonstrated above and below. And you can do this literally in seconds. However, you’d probably want to tweak your photos to as near to perfection as you can. So maybe a little more than seconds - huh!

Before and After Images - Travel Idea:

Sky Replacement and Augmented Sky Tool

How to get started with editing you own images

With its simplistic interface Luminar 4 packs quite a punch where it comes to affordable photo editing software you can be truly impressed and satisfied with. As part of your photo editing or content creation workflow I find Luminar to be a very handy tool for turning even the dullest of photos into something more dramatic and alluring.

In my opinion, I have found Luminar 4 to be very simple and easy to use for most editing needs. You can achieve that satisfying result you’re after, quickly. Sometimes you even stumble on something that looks great along the way. Which you can save for later and apply to other images.

The Sky Replacement and Augmented Sky addition to the software actually takes care of tasks that would have required painstaking attention. It works almost like those secret agent movies, where a computer whizz kid is able to magically manipulate an images composition...

Pro tip: here is an example of how you may use your unique Luminar enhanced photos across different formats.

Beautify Your Content Images Faster

Step 1: Download Luminar 4

You can always first download a free trial version to test how well you get on.
Or you buy Luminar for a discount here.

Ensure that you have installed Luminar correctly and that your computer meets the minimum system requirements (see software folder FAQ for more).

If you already use Photoshop or Photos for macOS

Besides using as a standalone app. You can use Luminar as a plugin extension with Adobe Photoshop and Photos for macOS.

For this lesson though, we’ll only focus on the Sky replacement and Augmented Sky Tools (more)

Step 2: Launch your image...

and locate the Creative tools set.

There you will find both the AI Sky Replacement and AI Augmented Sky tools (as show below).

For editing in both cases, you will be required to select an imported asset from the drop down menu. For example the image immediately below shows the image Lightning 1 has been selected.

Select the Place Object button to reposition the asset you have just added to you composition.

Step 3: export your image...

Export your image at a large enough size that will allow your to generate suitably sized images for use across all the other formats and sizes required for social media, your blog, website, and printing, if applicable.

Prepare your image for composing your content

Now it’s time to crop or resize your image so that they are optimised for for use with the different platforms available.

For example you may decide to use your blog posts featured image sizes at 1200 x 900 pixels, which may also double-up as a suitable size for use with both Facebook and Twitter.

However, for Pinterest and Instagram you may need to crop your image to fit a specific shape or size; For Instagram a square image measuring 1080 x 1080 pixels is recommended. Whilst Pinterest offer a popular vertical format that measures 735 x 1500. This is likely to mean that you image will need to be cropped.

I hope you found this tip useful.

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