Aurora HDR 2019 can be used as a standalone app, but it can also be used as a plugin for Lightroom. Here's a quick guide on how to install and use Aurora HDR 2019 as a Lightroom plugin.
Aurora HDR 2019 can be used as a standalone app, but it can also be used as a plugin for Lightroom. Below is a quick guide on how to get Aurora HDR 2018 running as a Lightroom plugin.
First, though, there are some things worth mentioning about the way in which Aurora HDR works a Lightroom plugin.
Some plugins work inside Lightroom. Some work outside Lightroom. The Aurora HDR 2019 plugin functionality works outside Lightroom. It’s not like the develop presets where changes are made to the develop settings. When you’re working with Aurora HDR as a Lightroom plugin, what you’re doing is sending an image from Lightroom to Aurora HDR and then back to Lightroom–a so-called round trip.
When you send the image or images from Lightroom to Aurora HDR, you can choose whether to take advantage of the edits you’ve made in Lightroom, in which case it will render those edits and send the file as a high quality TIFF version. Or you can tell Aurora HDR to work directly with the original source file, which will ignore any edits you’ve made in Lightroom. And yes, Aurora HDR can work directly with RAW files–it will pass a TIFF version back to Lightroom when you’re done.
Aurora HDR isn’t unique in working this way–many plugins do it, from Perfectly Clear to the NIK Color Efex Pro to Photomatix Pro. Aurora HDR does it slightly differently to some of those in that you access it through the Export Presets menu rather than the Edit in External Editor menu, but the result is the same.
These screenshots were taken using Lightroom Classic CC and Aurora HDR 2018, but it’s exactly the same process for the newer Aurora HDR 2019.
If you choose the Open Source Files option, you can have Aurora HDR work directly with RAW files, but you won’t see the effects of any edits you’ve made within Lightroom. When you send the image from Aurora HDR back to Lightroom it will send a high-quality TIFF file.
Choosing Multiple Images. If you select multiple images to export to Aurora HDR 2019, it will assume that they’re the same image at different exposures and try to merge them as a true HDR image.
If you export a single image to Aurora HDR 2019, it will assume you want tone mapping and that’s the only option you’ll have available.