Installing Lumenzia LITE (free panel)

To install, just download the ZIP, unzip (if your browser hasn't done that for you already), and double-click the CCX file to install. The video below shows how to install the full version of Lumenzia, but the installation for the LITE panel is effectively the same. See below for more details, troubleshooting, or how to uninstall.

See further below for help troubleshooting any installation issues.

Download the Lumenzia LITE installer

Note: Lumenzia LITE requires Photoshop v23 or later. If you are using an older version of Photoshop, you should instead install the older free panel or the premium version of Lumenzia (which supports older versions of Photoshop as well as the latest). Note that the older CEP-based panel (or even older actions that come with it in case you are on a very old version of PS) simply creates luminosity channels. That older panel has a generic name and looks significantly different than Lumenzia LITE. If you are able to use PS v23+, I recommend it so that you may use Lumenzia LITE.

Installing from a CCX file:

  • Just locate the file with the CCX extension and double-click it.
  • DO NOT use "open with" or try to open the CCX file with either Photoshop or the Adobe installer. This will fail. The correct app is a hidden Adobe helper app (UPIA) that you wouldn't know about (it then loads the CCX in the Adobe installer, but that installer will not accept the file directly). If you have changed the default app, please see the steps below to change it back to the correct app.
  • This should open the Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop (CCD) installer and ask you to confirm you wish to install.
  • Go to the Plugins menu in PS if you do not automatically see the panel open in Photoshop (it won't show if Photoshop was closed during installation).

If you run into problems, please see the troubleshooting section below.


CCD says you do not have a compatible app installed:

The CCX file won't open or you get a warning "Creative Cloud cannot open files of this type." or "Could not complete your request because Photoshop does not recognize this type of file":

  • DO NOT try to open the CCX file via "open with" or by otherwise directing which app to open the CCX file. If the Adobe installer is properly installed, the correct helper app should automatically be used when you open the CCX via double-click (ie, don't try to outsmart the system).
  • This may indicate that you do not have the Creative Cloud Desktop app installed. If you have Photoshop CC, then you should have this.
  • This more likely may indicate that the CCX file extension is not pointing to the correct Adobe app. While the app you see is Creative Cloud Desktop, installing a local CCX file actually occurs through a helper app (UPIA: Unified Plugin Installer Agent). Make sure that your operating system is pointing to the correct app:

    MacOs: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Desktop Common/RemoteComponents/UPI/UnifiedPluginInstallerAgent
    (it is likely a hidden folder, you can use cmd-shift-period to see hidden files if needed)

    Windows: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Adobe Desktop Common\RemoteComponents\UPI\UnifiedPluginInstallerAgent
  • If you're still having trouble, please contact [email protected] to help understand why your system will not install a valid CCX

When I double-click, an app briefly opens and closes on screen - but CCD never opens to finish installing:

  • This likely is the UPIA (Unified Plugin Installer Agent) helper app opening and then failing to launch CCD. I've only had a few reports of this, but in one case the resolution was to move the CCX file to the desktop and then install from there. You may also try using the CCD repair feature (see the steps under guidance for error -2).

I installed the panel, but cannot see it in Photoshop:

  • Go to the "Plugins" menu in Photoshop to launch any installed UXP panels (older CEP panels are under a different menu area: Window / Extensions)

Adobe Creative Cloud : Error -2:

  • Make sure you have the CCX file on the same drive where Photoshop is installed (typically the boot drive) and then double-click it there.
  • Check that you have reasonable free space on the drive.
  • Try extracting the CCX to the desktop to ensure you aren't working from a preview or using a location with restricted permissions.
  • The most common cause of this error is a problem with permissions. Repairing the Adobe installer should help resolve the issue, and it is an option within their uninstall tool. Run "Uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud" located next to "Adobe Creative Cloud" app (on a Mac, these are both in Applications / Adobe Creative Cloud). Start the uninstaller, enter your password, and then click "REPAIR" instead of uninstall. This does not remove the installer or your Adobe apps.
  • Reported to help by 1 person: On MacOS, try repairing disk permissions via Disk Utility / First Aid.
  • If the previous steps do not work, you may need to do a full reinstallation. Use the "uninstall" option and then reinstall Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • If still stuck, please see the "Still facing issues?" section at to submit detail directly to Adobe for further help.

Adobe Creative Cloud : Error -10:

  • Make sure you have the CCX file on the same drive where Photoshop is installed (typically the boot drive) and then double-click it there.

For more detail on other error messages from Adobe Creative Cloud installer:


You may simply close a panel by right-clicking it, which may be better than uninstalling if you ever need to use it again. Or just disable it in CCD (same place you choose to uninstall).

  • To uninstall: click Plugins / Manage Plugins in Photoshop to open CCD.
  • Locate the panel and click the ... icon and then uninstall.