Installing Lumenzia

Installing a extension panel is just a matter of copying a folder to the right location. The videos and instructions below will show you how to do that. Additionally, if you have an older version of Photoshop, you may need to install the Adobe "multi-plugin". If you have any issues not addressed below, please see the troubleshooting page for more assistance.

Once installed, please see the Lumenzia support page for the included tutorials and other support. You can get to that page at any time simply by clicking the "Tutorials" button in Lumenzia.

For a history of changes in Lumenzia, please see the Lumenzia release notes (version history).

If you wish to uninstall Lumenzia , the free panel, or any other panel, please see the un-install page. Note that this is generally not needed when upgrading to newer versions of the panel.

If you are using Apple Silicon (M1), CEP panels must be run under Rosetta. UXP versions of my panels are planned once UXP is mature enough to support the advanced requirements of Lumenzia (see here for more info on UXP).

Lumenzia luminosity masking panel

Installation via JSXBIN script:

To install the panel:

  • Be sure to watch the video below, as it shows the process and covers nearly all the common problems encountered during installation.
  • Extract the ZIP file on your computer using the operating system built-in ZIP tool. On Windows, right-click and choose "extract all". Do not use 3rd party tools like WinZIP. Failure to use the operating system's built-in ZIP tool may produce a "digital sigature" error.
  • Open Photoshop (Windows users must run as administrator: launch Photoshop by right-clicking its icon and choose "run as administrator" or "run elevated").
  • Click File/Scripts/Browse within Photoshop, and change the filter from JSX to JSXBIN. Navigate to the “Install _______.jsbin” file you extracted from the downloaded ZIP file and click Open. If you don't see the file, make sure you changed the filter as noted in the previous step. (OSX users: you may alternatively just drag and drop the JSXBIN file into Photoshop, but you must close any open images first or you will get an error about a "parser").
  • Restart Photoshop
  • Note that the script will create a ".log" file on your desktop. You may safely delete this file.
  • Follow the directions below to open the panel once you have installed it and restarted Photoshop.


 If you have any problems, please see the troubleshooting page and then try again.

Installing on OSX:

Installing on Windows:

ZXP Installation

Instead of the ZXP installation, you can simply install via the ZXP file included in the ASSETS/lumenzia/ZXP-ExtensionManager and ASSETS/lumenziabasics/ZXP-ExtensionManager folders. This requires you to install another program to help install and uninstall the ZXP files, but once installed is pretty simple and can help avoid a few edge-cases where installation is more complicated. You may use Adobe's Extension Manager CS6 (for CS6 users only), or Anastasiy’s Extension Manager (for Photoshop CS6 or CC).

Note: These options are mentioned for your convenience. You are responsible for your use of 3rd party tools. I am unable to support 3rd party tools.

Manual Installation

The JSXBIN script above should work for nearly all users. However, if you encounter any issues, you may alternatively install the panel manually. Installing an extension panel is simply a matter of copying the com.______.ext folder to othe right location for your version of Photoshop. This process is shown towards the end of the videos above. 

The easiest way to find the target folder is by choosing clicking "show panel folder" in the JSXBIN installer (as shown at the end of the install videos). Or navigate to the folder for your version of Photoshop:

OSX (Open Go/Go To Folder in Finder and you can paste in these destinations):

  • Photoshop CS6: /Applications/Adobe PhotoshopCS6/Plug-ins/Panels/
  • Photoshop CC: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CEP/extensions/


Windows: (note that these are hidden folders on Windows, so best to copy and paste the destination into the top of the file browser)

  • Photoshop CS6: C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\CS6ServiceManager\extensions\
  • Photoshop CC: C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\CEP\extensions\

Opening the panel (after installation)

Using the panel the first time:

  • The panel will not automatically show the first time. Click on Window/Extensions to open panels. (Please note that the Extensions may be greyed out for the first couple seconds after Photoshop launches, just escape out the menu and look again).
  • You can click and drag the panel / panel icon to move it to a new location (just like any other panel). Double click the name tab to quickly minimize or open the panel.
  • Click and drag the edges to resize the panel as desired (you may not see the whole panel by default).

Installing the Multi-plugin

(required for saturaton/vibrance masks)

(only for Photoshop CS6 users; CC users do not need this):

  • This plugin is required to enable the advanced color masking options (not the "Color" button), and must be installed manually on older versions of Photoshop. Photoshop CC includes this filter by default. For CS6, you will need the “Optional Multi-Plugin” to use the vibrance/saturation masking tools.
  • Download optional Multi-plugin for Windows or for OSX (or from Adobe’s official page if you are on CC).
  • Quit Photoshop
  • Extract the plugin and copy to the plug-in folder (listed below) that corresponds with your version of Photoshop:
  • Once the Multi-plugin is installed, you can confirm by using vibrance/saturation in Lumenzia (you never need to manually use this filter directly, but Lumenzia needs it to be installed to use these two buttons). If you want to manually confirm installation, you should see “HSB/HSL” show up under Filter/Other in Photoshop:


Multi-plugin folders for Photoshop CS6:

  • Mac OSX: Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Plug-ins folder
  • Windows XP: Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Plug-ins folder
  • Windows 7-10 and Vista (32 bit): Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Plug-ins folder
  • Windows 7-10 and Vista (64 bit): Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 bit)/Plug-ins folder