Lumenzia: a simpler way to create stunning images. 

Luminosity masks allow you to create gorgeous and realistic edits in Photoshop. Lumenzia allows you to use use them quickly and easily. Its advanced JavaScript engine handles all the luminosity masking complexity for you in the background, so all you need to think about is making beautiful images. Note that Lumenzia v5 has just been released, see what's new.

How it works:

Preview to easily choose the right preset or custom mask.

 Apply the preview as a selection or mask.

Refine by location/color, clean up rough edges, and paint on the mask non-destructively for perfect results.

What's included?

  • The Lumenzia panel
  • Excellent support and a private support forum to connect with other Lumenzia users
  • Free bonus #1: The Lumenzia Basics panel. Get quick access to commonly-used luminosity masking tools. Perfect for users who are new to luminosity masking, or those who don't wish to memorize a bunch of Photoshop shortcuts.
  • Free bonus #2: Quick Start guide video to help you start enhancing your images immediately. 
  • Free bonus #3: Over two hours of additional video tutorials and written materials to get the most out of both Lumenzia and luminosity masking

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Key benefits:

  • Select and mask anything, visually! With Lumenzia, you get a full screen preview of the mask before you apply it. Interactively click on the image to select (or deselect) the tones/colors to the degree you wish. No guesswork with adding and subtracting channels. Isolate the mask to to specific parts of the image with a simple selection. And you can combine group masks to easily see the overall mask impact. It’s never been faster and easier to create or customize the right mask. And the masks are created in 16-bits, allowing for smooth transitions in extreme masks.
  • Click to pick! You don’t have to know which mask to use, just use the built-in zone and range tools to create the right mask automatically.
  • It’s stays out of the way. Lumenzia offers a compact panel with only the buttons you need, and completely eliminates the need for the channels pallet. This leaves room to easily see your images big and beautiful, even on a laptop screen. Every action in Lumenzia creates just a single history step, so you can undo anything with <ctrl>-Z. And because Lumenzia is programmed in JavaScript, it’s smart enough to take care of errors and other tricky situations for you.
  • Simplify exposure blending. Automatically stack, align, and sort your exposures light to dark for blending.
  • Smaller files. Lumenzia doesn’t use channels, so your files stay small. Additionally, it offers BlendIf and vector masks to avoid layer mask bloat, as well as a "Combine" tool to reduce the impact of group masks. 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 by 20-50%!
  • 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).
  • For more information, please see the Lumenzia FAQ and full list of features.


System requirements: Lumenzia is compatible with Photoshop CS6 – CC 2018+ on both Windows and OSX. Lumenzia does not support CS5 or earlier (however, you may wish to try my free luminosity masking panel/actions instead). Note that the CS6 user interface functions the same, but looks somewhat different (see the FAQ link above for a comparison). 

Lumenzia features:

Lumenzia luminosity masking panel
  • Streamlined workflow and completely custom masks
  • BlendIf and Vector masks (to save significant file space and avoid the need to update masks)
  • Ability to see and edit luminosity selections just like a layer mask
  • Add, subtract, or intersect any mask or selection for advanced control
  • Color masks (select by color and/or luminosity, visually)
  • Local Contrast Enhancement (easily and automatically bring out more detail)
  • Live masks (see the blended result immediately and try different masks)
  • Zone masks for precise refinement
  • Zone and Range pickers (select the right mask visually by clicking on the image)
  • Zone maps to visualize the image in zones 0-10.
  • Lighter/Darker” masks (select pixels relative to surrounding pixels)
  • Refine masks to specific locations or colors in the image
  • Combine masks (merge group masks to save space and see exactly what is masked)
  • Support for paths, to facilitate use of luminosity masks with hard edges in architecture
  • Split-screen to see the mask and image simultaneously
  • PreBlend” to automatically stack, align, and sort exposures for blending
  • A utility to save files >4GB which can be viewed in Lightroom
  • Custom vignettes
  • Dodging and burning
  • Non-destructive sponge tool (advanced saturation painting)
  • Saturation masks (color-specific vibrance control)
  • Apply or replace masks on existing layers with a single click
  • Luminosity and dust visualization tools to easily find and fix defects 
  • Advanced sharpening methods for portraits (surface blur) and landscape (high pass)
  • Recordable actions to include light and dark masks/selections in your own actions.
  • Training and support videos, as well as a comprehensive written manual
  • See demos and the full list of features for more details on the above features

See what others are saying:

 “Greg Benz has come up with something awesome called Lumenzia and it fixes almost everything that made using luminosity masks a pain to use.” – Fstoppers

 “Lumenzia is a Photoshop panel that fixes everything wrong about luminosity masks.” – Pratik Naik

"The ease in use to the support is great." - Improve Photography

“One of, if not THE, best investment I've ever made for my photoshop. And, amazing response time for any question you may have. Kudos to Greg Benz and Lumenzia. ☆☆☆☆☆” -Perc P.

“Lumenzia is by far the best value plugin I’ve ever seen, and it keeps getting better.” – Ben L.

See how others are using Lumenzia:

Before and After Lumenzia

“Lumenzia is a game changer, it took luminosity masks generation into a whole new level. It is the best Photoshop panel I ever used by far.” – Karim El-Deghedy

 “Lumenzia has become an important and powerful tool in my workflow. The quality and practicality that the panel offers me in the generation and management of16-bit luminosity masks allows me to achieve amazing results in several areas of photography. Using the Lumenzia panel, I can incorporate more convenience and more quality into my fine art workflow.” – Jackson Carvalho