A simpler approach to Luminosity Masking
Luminosity masking is one of the most powerful ways to create professional results in Photoshop. But they can also be challenging to learn and use. Lumenzia makes luminosity masking simple and visual,
so that you can focus on making beautiful images.
- Excellent support and a private support forum to connect with other Lumenzia users
- Free bonus: Lumenzia Basics panel to provide quick access to other commonly used luminosity masking tools and techniques, especially helpful for users new to luminosity masking.
- Free bonus: Quick Start guide video to help you jump right in.
- Free bonus: 2+ hours of video tutorials to get the most out of Lumenzia and luminosity masking
The main Lumenzia panel includes:
- 22 standard luminosity masking presets
- 5 and 11 zone masking system
- Custom zone pickers (select the right zone by clicking on the image)
- Custom range picker (select any midtones by clicking on a dark and light reference)
- “PreBlend” to automatically stacks and aligns images for exposure blending
- Luminosity and dust visualization tools to help find and fix defects
- Split-screen to see mask and image simultaneously
- Saturation masks
- Group and Color Group tools to refine masks to specific locations or colors in the image
- Combine masks
- 10 ways to apply masks/selections
- Dodging and burning with luminosity masks
- Custom vignettes
- Over 2 hours of included video tutorials to get the most out of Lumenzia and luminosity masking, always available via the help button
- See demos for more details
With Lumenzia’s interactive approach to luminosity masking:
Select anything!: Get the ultimate in professional results! Not only can Lumenzia create masks similar to a channel-based approach, but it allows for complete customization of any mask. No guesswork with adding and subtracting channels, just select the exact luminosity or color you want, visually. And you can isolate the mask to to specific parts of the image with a simple selection. And the masks are created in 16-bits, allowing for smooth transitions in extreme masks.
What you see is what you get! With Lumenzia, you get a full screen preview of the mask before you apply it. It’s never been faster and easier to select the right mask. And if you use group masks to control luminosity masks, you can merge them to see the combined effect in a single mask.
Click to pick! You don’t have to know which mask to use, just use the built-in tool to click on the tones in the image you want to have masked, automatically.
Change masks with a click! It just takes one click to add or replace a mask on any layer.
Simplify manual exposure blending. Press a button to layer your exposures for blending, sort them light to dark, and align them.
Stay organized. Mask names are automatically applied to new layers, so you can easily tell which luminosity mask you used (and you can always rename the layers however you like).
Keep files small. Lumenzia doesn’t use channels, so your files stay small. For example, a typical TIF file from a Nikon D800 grows from 200MB to 1.4GB when creating channel masks, but would remain the same 200MB size in Lumenzia. And Lumenzia can combine group masks to significantly cut down on file size, often reducing file size a further 20-50%!
Undo anything. Every action in Lumenzia shows up as a single step in the history panel. Undoing is as simple as pressing -Z. And, it’s easier to go back even further in history when needed.
Beautiful vignettes with ease. Just draw a selection around the target area to create a vignette of any size, sharp, or position in the image. The vignette can be easily modified, inverted (to lighten the center) or combined with luminosity masks (to avoid darkening shadows too much).
Powerful sharpening. Lumenzia offers non-destructive “high-pass” sharpening for landscapes, and “surface blur” sharpening to draw out amazing detail in portraits, without distracting artifacts. Lumenzia uses a surface blur algorithm that is optimized to sharpen 16-bit images three to four times faster than normal. And you can apply either with luminosity masks (to sharpen the highlights, without increasing shadow noise).
Easy dodging and burning. A single click creates a dodge/burn layer for you, with luminosity masks as desired.
System requirements: Lumenzia is compatible with Photoshop CS6, CC, CC2014, and CC 2015 on both Windows and OSX. Note that the CS6 user interface looks somewhat different (but functions exactly the same, see the FAQ for a comparison). Lumenzia does not support CS5 or earlier (however, you may wish to try my free luminosity masking actions).Lumenzia
- Greg Benz