So I have actually gone and done it. I have cancelled my Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. I am already feeling very nervous, as I have been using Lightroom and Photoshop for a lot of years. Finally, after reading a lot of reviews, I have decided enough is enough with the subscription model, and I am switching to Luminar 2018 for my post-processing.
I must say right now, I am not sure how this is going to work out. In the worst case, I will humbly go back to Adobe.com and start subscribing again. It will cost me a little more (considering the money I am going to spend to buy Luminar 2018). I will however still be able to sleep well at night. I will know that I tried living without paying for Creative Cloud every month and switching to Luminar 2018, even if it does not work out.
As far as Photoshop goes, I haven’t really decided what to do yet. I don’t use it that much anyway (Lightroom was by far the reason I paid for CC as long as I did. I might try out GIMP.
Anyway back to the topic in hand – switching to Luminar 2018. Where to start?
I have been happy to see, at least at a first glance, the slides look somewhat familiar. I was able to make basic changes (bringing down the highlights, opening up the shadows, etc.) without much trouble.
Beyond that, however, I started to realise that it was going to take time. There is going to be a learning curve ahead of me. But I don’t think it will be that steep. I am remaining positive because I really want switching to Luminar 2018 to be a success. The money I save can be spent on something else.
So how to manage this learning curve? How to get up and running as quickly as possible (only a few days until my CC subscription runs out and Lightroom will not work anymore).
Well, fortunately, the kind chap who taught me almost everything I know about Lightroom (a few years ago) is now offering training for Luminar 2018. The best bit about that is that it was Anthony Morganti, from AnthonyMorganti.com, and his Mastering Luminar 2018 course is available for free on YouTube.
Why not watch along with me. Here is Part One coming up right now…
If you are also considering switching to Luminar 2018, I can highly recommend Anthony’s style of teaching. He is very clear and concise and gives me a lot of confidence to know that I will be able to put what I have learned into practice in my own work.
Luminar 2018 is available from Skylum.com. Currently, they have a money-off offer running, so maybe you can take advantage of that.