Aurora HDR is a photography-specialized software solution that can help you edit HDR photos in a jiffy. If you frequently take HDR snapshots with your smartphone thanks to the superior quality, or if you are a professional photographer, this photo editor software solution is definitely for you.
Those familiar with the Skylum products, such as Luminar, are probably going to recognize the next part: you can use Aurora HDR as both a standalone program or as a plugin within your favorite host application.
Aurora HDR’s system requirements
Like any other software solution out there, Aurora HDR also comes with a list of system requirements. You need to make sure that your PC qualifies to run this tool before even attempting to install it. This way you can save yourself the hassle of downloading and deploying an incompatible tool.
- Computer: a Windows-based PC with a mouse or similar input device
- Graphics: OpenGL 3.3 or later
- Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
- Memory: at least 8 Gb RAM
- Operating system: Windows 10, 8.1, 7 (only 64-bit)
- Space: at least 10 Gb of free HDD space (SSD recommended)
- Display: at least 1280 x 769 resolution
Currently, Aurora HDR can be integrated as a plugin on the following Windows programs:
Note: even though it’s not mentioned on the official website, you need a working Internet connection to activate the software. More so, if you plan on using Aurora HDR as a plugin, you’ll need to install host programs on your PC. This means that your PC must meet the system requirements of those host applications, as well.
- Create stunning HDR projects quickly
- User-friendly, intuitive HDR editing experience
- Comes with AI-powered engine
- You can use it as a standalone app or a plugin
- Not the most affordable HDR editor
In this review, we’ll discuss various relevant stuff regarding Aurora HDR, but we’ll try to keep it short. That way, at the end of it you’ll know whether you should consider using it for your future projects or not.
Installing Aurora HDR is a breeze
If you’re worried about the installation process, don’t fret. Granted you can manage to get your hands on the installer, deploying Aurora HDR couldn’t be easier. Just launch the downloaded executable, accept the EULA, define the destination path on your PC and hit the Install button.
The rest of the process unfolds automatically, without any additional assistance from you. As we’ve mentioned above, make sure you have a stable, working Internet connection. Otherwise, the app will not be downloaded/installed on your PC. Although the process is simple, it might take a while, regardless of your connection speed.
Aurora HDR packs several awesome features
If you’ve decided to give Aurora HDR a try because you’ve heard it’s one of the best, you’re not far from the truth. Although many other similar software solutions can edit HDR photos, this tool is way ahead of the game.
For starters, it comprises an AI-powered engine that delivers top-notch results. It promises to eliminate halos, artifacts and chromatic aberrations from your photos and enhance your colors by using Artificial Intelligence.
- Tone-mapping technology: AI-powered Quantum HDR Engine lets you perform tone-mapping on single and bracketed images
- HDR Smart Structure: helps you achieve artifact-free and realistic details and depth on your photos
- LUT Mapping filter: lets you adjust tone and color
- One-click Aurora HDR looks: lets you apply an array of adjustments to your photos instantly
- Layers, brushes, and masking: enables you to perform selective editing
- Luminosity masking: lets you blend layers seamlessly
- Radiance and Glow controls: allows you to further customize your projects
- Detail enhancement: increase the drama of your photos
- Color and tone controls: achieve vibrant color combinations
- Batch file processing: lets you process files in bulk and is capable of detecting brackets automatically
- Built-in sharing: share your results instantly on popular photo communities or social networks
- Flexibility: can work with RAW, JPG, TIFF, and other popular formats
- Standalone or plugin: can be used as a standalone product or integrated with Photoshop or Lightroom
The best part is that all of these features are really easy to use. Aurora HDR boasts a user-friendly interface that can provide you with a streamlined experience regarding HDR photo editing.
Little to no configuration required
Aurora HDR is quite simple to use and fashions user-friendly, intuitive features. For instance, it requires no additional configuration, you just install it and start creating HDR projects with it.
The only “configuration” you can perform is installing Aurora HDR as a plugin. Unlike Luminary, which lets you deploy plugins during its installation, this tool doesn’t provide this option. However, you can do it easily by using the “Install Plugins” option in the “File” menu.
It goes without saying that the host programs (Photoshop and Lightroom) need to be installed before you attempt to set up the plugins.
Can I open Aurora HDR 2018 project files in Aurora HDR 2019?
To put it shortly, yes, it’s possible to do that. However, due to Aurora HDR 2019’s new AI-powered engine, older projects might look different. More so, some sliders and filters also received an update, so the same configuration on both tools might yield different results.
Does Aurora HDR handle RAW files?
The latest version of Aurora HDR does not only process RAW files but other popular image formats, as well. This tool has its own RAW processing engine, which the developers make sure supports new cameras. Among other formats that Aurora HDR can handle, you can find PNG, JPEG, JPEG-2000, TIFF, and PSD.
Can I import my Aurora HDR 2018 presets to Aurora HDR 2019?
Yes, it’s possible. You need to use the “Import Aurora HDR Looks” option in the “File” menu for single presets or the “Import Aurora HDR Looks Pack” for preset collections. Note that Aurora HDR 2018 presets might look slightly different on the newest version of this tool.
- Free trial