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Lumenzia Release Notes (Version History)

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Notes on Lumenzia updates/upgrades:

  • Lumenzia updates are provided as links via email. These emails go to the email address on record (the email associated with the PayPal account used for purchase). If you don't see it in your inbox, please check spam/promotions folders and be sure to add "[email protected]" to your contact list so that future updates go straight to your inbox. Gmail users may wish to review these tips to make sure emails don't get stuck in spam/promotions.
  • Any update link you receive always provide the latest version of Lumenzia available at the the time of download.
  • You can always skip to the latest version. You do not need to install any versions you may have missed before installing the latest version.

Lumenzia v5.0.0 (released March 6, 2018)

For the three-year anniversary of Lumenzia, I've prepared the largest update yet! 

  • New: 10 Tutorial videos showing how to make the most of new features, with many more to come over time.
  • New: Lumenzia actions. Need to create a light or dark mask/selection? Lumenzia now includes actions you may incorporate into your own automated actions. Great for batch processing or other repeatable/repetitive workflows.
  • New: Visualize selections! No more confusion with invisible selections or marching ants. You can now view the active selection as a full screen black and white preview (ie, just like a mask). This is very helpful to see your exact luminosity selection, when trying to confirm edges of the current selection, modify selections, or other situations where the current selection is not obvious. Click "✓Sel" once to see the preview, and a second time when finished with the preview.
  • New: Refine any selection just like a mask! Adjust the preview you see with "✓Sel" any way you want, and then click "✓Sel" again to re-load the selection. You can brush, use levels, or make any other adjustment as you normally would if you were working on a mask. 
  • New: Live Selection (LIVE-S) mode! Make luminosity selections instantly, for faster dodging and burning, exposure blending, or other situations where you need to paint through a selection. Click on the mode button at the top of the panel to set LIVE-S mode and then click any preview button to create a selection. Use the modifier keys to add, subtract, or intersect for advanced selections. Note that the “hide marching ants” preference is ignored in this mode, as there is no preview step to visualize the selection. Live selections will ignore the new “zone map” if visible, so you may make normal selections while using the map as a guide. (Live Selections are available on CC only).
  • New: Add and subtract selections! The new +/- buttons next to "Sel" will add or subtract the orange preview layers or saved selections from the active selection. So you can, for example, create a L3-L6 selection to target light tones without affecting near-whites. This new functionality is designed to be very flexible, and can be used with luminosity mask previews, paths, or saved selections. If there is an active preview (temporary orange layers) or path, it will be used to modify the active selection. If not and there are active selections, those will be used. The +/- buttons will turn red if there are saved selections which may be used.
  • Updated: Saved selection dialog in "Sel" now has dedicated buttons to add/subtract selections. This may be used to modify selections of any type (the new +/- buttons are a quick way to modify selections by using the orange preview layers; but this approach with saved selections should be used for other cases, as it is not possible to display two selections at the same time).
  • New: Zone map visualization. Click "Map" button to show or hide a spectrum showing the various zones in the image (red = zone 0 through violet = zone 10). While the zone map visualization is on screen, the zone buttons in Lumenzia will turn colors to help serve as a reference for the color mapping. 
  • Updated: Color mode buttons at the top of the panel have been reversed in order, to match order of the new Zone Map visualization (serves as a reference). 
  • New: Vector masks! Just like BlendIf masks, these new masks are designed to keep your files very small and let you make further refinements. And you can use them on the same layer as a layer mask, which gives the same results as a group mask, but without the clutter. They're an excellent new alternative to using lasso selections. Just <cmd>-click "Mask" to render any path or selection as a vector, or check the preference in CC 2015.5 or later (under the three bars icon at top right where all preferences are set). Setting the preference allows vector mask to be used with all the orange buttons (curves, levels, contrast, vignette, sharpen, etc). Support runs throughout Lumenzia as much as possible (when combining masks, vector masks will automatically be rasterized to layer masks). Note that if you'd like the luminosity mask (orange preview layers) rendered as a vector mask, use "Sel" to convert it to a selection first, and then use "Mask" to apply it as a vector mask. 
  • New: Make masks/selections from Paths. If you like using paths to target with precision, you're going to love this new feature. Just create a path and leave it active when clicking on any Lumenzia button that would normally use a lasso selection. Any active path will be treated like a selection (you can even feather if desired). This makes it very easy to target architecture, or tweak a "selection" before you apply it.
  • New: Make paths from selections. Click the (green) "Sel" button for the new option to convert the active selection into a path. Paths will be created roughly along the marching ants when working with luminosity selections. Lower tolerance values create more points for a more accurate path. Low tolerance values should probably be avoided when converting luminosity selections, as they may cause Photoshop to run very slowly. You may use a tolerance value between 0.5 and 10, and whatever value you use will be remembered for the next time.
  • Updated: Numerous other improvements to support paths and vector masks as expected across all tools. The goal is to make things just work, without ever having to think about paths and the vector masks. This is a massive change that affects nearly every button in the entire panel. For example: "Sel" can load paths as selections, paths are ignored when using the dust check feature, "Split" alerts the user how to view a vector mask, "X" will now ask to clear any active paths, etc. 
  • New: Smart Object Sharpening. Use a completely non-destructive workflow with this new option. The current layers are converted to a smart object, and sharpening is added as a filter (with settings designed to help minimize halos along bright sky edges). I find that this approach generally yields better results than high pass sharpening for landscapes.  
  • Updated: Edge protection for smart filters. When you sharpen a smart object (using the new object sharpening in Lumenzia, Nik Sharpener, etc), you now have a simple way to help reduce any halos you may find along edges.
  • New: BlendIf Contrast. When using orange preview layers with "Contrast", you will now have the option to render as a BlendIf mask instead of a layer mask. This provides a similar contrast adjustment, but with the space saving and dynamic updating capabilities of BlendIf.
  • New: Panel tips! See helpful tips immediately at the bottom of the panel as you hover over the buttons. This is available on CC 2015.5 or later only. This option is disabled by default (the legacy tooltips remain the default, but may be turned off by the user). Just click the three bars icon at the top-right of the panel and choose "Tool Tips" to change preferences. 
  • New: Local Refine Edge. When you click "Edge", you will now see a new option to "paint in the refined edges via brush". This allows you to target exactly where to refine edges, so that you don't alter edges that are already good. It also allows you to apply different refine edge radii to different parts of the image. [Note that this feature requires Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: Switch the mode button to a dropdown list instead. Avoids the need to click the button repeatedly in search of the desired mode.
  • Updated: BlendIf can be applied to multiple layers simultaneously!
  • Updated: BlendIf masks can now be applied to groups! Note that a bug in Photoshop currently limits the usefulness of this option.
  • Updated: Live masks now supports selections & paths. [live masks require Photoshop CC]
  • New: Set a preference to "Hide Marching Ants" in the CC 2015.2+ panel. When this is checked, selections created by Lumenzia will not show marching ants. You may still use <ctrl/cmd>-"Sel" to temporarily use the opposite of the default.
  • New: "Convert content to linked PSB" option in flyout menu (requires CC 2015.2 or later). This allows you to easily move image content to an external PSB, but still save your master file as a TIF or PSD, which may be properly viewed in Lightroom. Note that due to technical limitations, this option always defaults to the last folder used to export content. It is recommended to save your content next to the master file.
  • New: "Utilities" menu. This can be access via the the flyout menu (top-right three bars icon found in panel for Photoshop CC 2015.2 and later), or by <ctrl>-clicking the "Tutorials" button. This includes buttons to open the panel and plugin folders to install/remove various panels/plugins manually, reset Lumenzia preferences, copy system info for Photoshop to the clipboard to be easily pasted into an email for support (note that your serial number is removed from this data for your privacy), and more.
  • New: "Optimize Photoshop" button added to Utilities. This runs a check on several Photoshop settings and makes recommendations that may help improve performance for Photography. You will be prompted to accept or input any changes (no settings will be changed without your permission).
  • Updated: When creating single masks that combine luminosity and selections, any feathering is applied as a mask property (ie, the same as what was previously done to masks created just from lasso selections). This gives you more control over the amount of feather applied, as well as the ability to revise that feathering later.
  • Updated: User interface broken down into the key preview, apply, refine functionalities. The panel has always been organized this way, but it is now more clear. The large user interface labels these sections, while the small user interface simply using dividing lines.
  • Updated: JSXBIN installer no longer checks gray space settings during installation, as this check (and many more) are performed by the new "Optimize Photoshop" button in the Utilities menu.
  • Updated: Edge protection can now be used with any sharpening layer (to work with tools such as Nik Sharpener). Just click "Sharpen" at any time to access edge protection.
  • New: Lumenzia can now automatically show properties for new adjustment layers (such as curves, levels, etc). This allows you to adjust the layer as soon as you create it. If you prefer to enable this feature, just click the three bars at the top-right of the panel to update your preferences. [Note that this feature is only available on CC 2015.2 or later]
  • New: Brightness/Contrast adjustment layers (new button grouped with the other tonal layers: curves and levels).
  • Updated: Several operatios run up to 3X faster on large files.
  • Updated: Added option to "Diff(+/-)" to make Smart Objects optional. Using Smart Objects allows for interactive refinement of the radius used in the preview, but can take a while when working with large documents. This settings now gives you the option of easier customization, or faster performance.
  • Updated: Photo Filter no longer has its own button in the CC panel (to make room for Brightness/Contrast), but remains accessible by <shift>-clicking on the Solid Color button.
  • Updated: "Combine" now manages vector masks too.
  • Updated: "Combine" now automatically rasterizes any masks on the active layer if it is not a group. The behavior of the button now is to rasterize a normal layer, combine a group, or rasterize a group if you hold <ctrl/cmd>.
  • Updated: "Combine" now warns you if you try to combine a group with a BlendIf mask (as these cannot be combined without affecting the image)
  • Updated: "Restore" now turns green to confirm when you have a saved reference point.
  • Updated: "Mask" can now be applied as a filter mask on smart objects
  • Updated: "Dust" now offers to create a clone layer and activate the clone/healing brush (including smart preferences to set a default) 
  • Updated: New Contrast or adjustment layers will be placed above a group if it is the active layer (instead of inside it)
  • Updated: <shift>-click on "Curves" to create a Brightness/Contrast layer instead.
  • Updated: If the active layer was an orange preview layer, the top layer will become the new active layer after applying the orange preview stack (this means that the top layer will be the default after customizing the orange layers, instead of the bottom layer) 
  • Updated: Mask feather/group choices can be set as an automatic default (Note that "ignore" cannot be remembered as a default)
  • Updated: Solid color layer's color picker now allows you to select from the foreground/background color.
  • Updated: Renamed "Normal" mode to "Preview" to emphasize what it does.
  • Updated: Live masks can now be used while a layer mask is shown full screen (ie, after <alt/option>-clicking a mask).
  • Updated: <shift>-click Color Balance to create a Channel Mixer layer
  • Updated: <ctrl/cmd>-click the mode button to return to "Normal" mode.
  • Updated: Mask +/- can now modify layers which are not visible
  • Updated: Mask +/- can now be used in a feathered manner. If you have set a permanent preference, you can hold <cmd/ctrl> to toggle it temporarily.
  • Updated: Tutorial links in user manual (including ranger picker, which was previously pointing to the wrong video)
  • Updated: Live masks can now be used while a layer mask is shown full screen (ie, after <alt/option>-clicking a mask).
  • Update: BlendIf can be applied to the bottom layer (does not do anything, but there is no longer a warning against attempting it).
  • Updated: When combining documents in PreBlend, you now have the option to create a new document, or stack the images in one of the existing open documents. This is advantageous when working with Smart Objects created from Lightroom, as you can simply save the stacked document (without having to navigate back to the source folder). 
  • Updated: PreBlend option to "sort light on top" has been brought back.
  • Updated: Increased default panel size for new installations, to help avoid hidden buttons. As always, you can click and drag from the edge to resize the panel to see as much or as little as you wish.
  • Updated: Several of the history labels have been updated for clarity and better consistency with the updated preview/apply/refine interface
  • Updated: Removed warnings about selections not having any pixels >50% selected. With the green Sel indicator (in the CC panel) and "✓Sel" (on all versions of Lumenzia), it is easy to visualize selections regardless of marching ants.
  • Updated: Vibrance/Saturation buttons are disabled in LAB color mode, since they are not available.
  • Updated: ✓L now automatically uses any active selection to pick a boosted range. To ignore an active selection, <ctrl/cmd>-click ✓L.
  • Updated: The ✓L algorithm for automatically boosting a target range of tones has been improved for better results.
  • Updated: The +/- Mask buttons now produce a warning if you try to use them without any inputs (preview layers, selections, or paths)
  • Updated: "Mask" is now faster when working on multiple layers simultaneously.
  • Updated: "Mask" no longer asks to group multiple layers. Just click "Group" if you wish to do this (desirable to save file space and allow refinement of a single mask).
  • Updated: <alt/option>-click on the mode button to reset modal buttons to defaults (same as <alt/option>-clicking on "X")
  • Updated: Sponge now accepts selections, paths, and orange previews as masking inputs
  • Updated: If "none" is chosen for BlendIf, layers are not grouped (ie, output is treated as if BlendIf was not checked in the initial PreBlend dialog).
  • Updated: Mode button tooltips now list short cuts for resetting to default and using live selections.
  • Updated: "Sel" button is grayed out when it cannot be used.
  • Updated: Significantly improved the speed for creating color luminosity previews (ie, color selection from top of CC panel).
  • Updated: Significantly improved the speed for creating Saturation/Vibrance masks, especially with large images.
  • Updated: Other various minor speed enhancements, particularly for larger and more complex documents.
  • Updated: Buttons turn momentarily green when clicked. This provides a subtle cue that Lumenzia is doing something while waiting with extremely large files.
  • Updated: JSXBIN installer to remove ambiguous warning about installation.
  • Fixed: "Mask -" on an unmasked layer now creates the proper mask (unmasked layers should be treated as if they have an all white mask when using +/-).
  • Fixed: PreBlend's BlendIf correctly shows top layer in initial "none" state
  • Fixed: "Color" does not create black mask if interactive dialog is cancelled.
  • Fixed: "Diff+/-" name clipped on Windows
  • Fixed: Cancelling zone picker returns to previous state
  • Fixed: Vignette error when run without a selection on an image containing only a background layer.
  • Fixed: Pickers clear temp visualization to ensure easy selection
  • Fixed: Cancelling pickers restores image to previous state
  • Fixed: Refined tool tip text to avoid getting cut off in the small UI on Windows.
  • Fixed: Live masks now ignore layers above the target layer (live masks are intended to be based on the layers below the target layer only, similar to BlendIf: under).
  • Fixed: Vignette failed to produce default vignette if there was no selection under certain conditions
  • Fixed: Bug with Zone/Ranger picker in BlendIf mode that could cause the active layer to become invisible.
  • Fixed: Issue where tooltips could become stuck in the CC panel
  • Fixed: Error message when cancelling refine selection.
  • Fixed: Zone picker now works with no layer selected.
  • Fixed: No unnecessary white mask created if user chooses to "ignore" a selection (such as when creating a new curves layer and ignoring an existing selection).
  • Fixed: "Combine" now works on layers with locked image pixels (such as those created with PreBlend). You will be asked if you'd like to proceed, and layers masks will be updated, while lock status will remain as it was for each layer.
  • Fixed: Extraneous error message that may appear when using "Sel" with an image containing a background layer.
  • Fixed: "Live" masks and selections now fully match orange previews (note that live masks still ignore the active layer, but if that layer is hidden, orange previews should show the same degree of selection by tone).
  • Fixed: Buttons properly show when mouse is hovering after clicking them
  • Fixed: "Restore" now works as expected
  • Fixed: History now correctly shows "Sponge" when used
  • Fixed: "Combine" warns user when button cannot be used
  • Fixed: Sponge includes black mask when all options are unchecked
  • Updated: Default Lumenzia height increased to make "tutorials" button more visible. The panel can still be shortened if desired.
  • Fixed: An issue which prevented Lumenzia from being displayed full-width when docked as an icon in a narrow column.
  • Fixed: Updated tutorials message on CS6 and removed error message.
  • Fixed: Error which prevented BlendIf masks from being created on Smart Objects during PreBlend

 Lumenzia Basics v5.0.0:

  • New: Panel tips. Just like in the main Lumenzia panel, this option is available on CC2015.5 or later only, and is disabled by default.
  • New: "Modify" button lets you easily expand, contract, or feather the active selection. This is particularly helpful when working with the Quick Select (W) tool in Photoshop.
  • New: "RAW" button lets you easily apply the Camera Raw Filter to the active layer.
  • New: Black/Gray/White paint swatches to quickly change foreground paint color.
  • Updated: Undo/Redo buttons now show as arrows
  • Updated: Clip now shows as a clipping group arrow
  • Updated: "X mask" is now a red "X" (visually similar to a disabled mask).
  • Updated: "X" toggles both layer and vector mask at the same time, to support the new vector masks.
  • Updated: Panel layout has been updated to group similar activities. Organized as undo/view, layer mask options, selection-related options, and three rows for layer-related options.
  • Updated: Removed "BlendIf" button, as the addition of BlendIf masking to the main panel makes this unnecessary (and users can always double-click to the right of a layer's name to access the same dialog).
  • Fixed: An issue with duplicate dodge/burn buttons.
  • Fixed: Buttons properly show when mouse is hovering after clicking them
  • Fixed: Error message is now shown if user tries to extract a RAW Smart Object.

Lumenzia v4.0.1 (released June 18, 2017)

For the two year anniversary of Lumenzia, I've prepared the largest update yet!

  • Key updates: New non-destructive sponge tool, add and subtract masks, color mask picker, BlendIf dodge and burn, pick range/zone through lasso selections, and lots of other tweaks to accelerate your workflow.
  • Updated: Smart preferences. Lumenzia works even faster than ever by remembering last used settings so that you can simply press <enter> in many situations to use your favorites. You don't have to do anything, Lumenzia just remembers what you like [Note that a few dialog boxes are excluded from this - automatically calculated pixel radius values, lighter/darker - as most users won't use alternate settings repeatedly with those features.]
  • New: Non-destructive sponge. The sponge tool is an excellent way to paint on more (or less) saturation.  
  • New: Add and subtract masks in one click. Just click + or - to add or subtract the orange preview or active selection from the active layer's mask.
  • New: Color mask picker. This new feature works just like the preset color options added in v3.0, but you can now use a color picker instead of being limited to the 6 primary/secondary colors. (available on Photoshop CC only)
  • New: Paint directly on the mask previews (via advanced mask options by <ctrl/cmd> clicking the preview buttons). This allows you to quickly add or remove portions of the mask without using a group mask or subsequent refinements to the mask.
  • Updated: Use lasso selections to target the Zone Pickers. This will automatically analyze any existing lasso selection to target the desired center tone. This allows for a faster workflow, and an easy way to sample a larger area. Note that the picker will target the center of the selected zone, so you should lasso a specific range of tones in order to get predictable results.
  • Updated: Use lasso selections to target the Range Picker. The will automatically analyze any existing lasso selection to target the desired range of tones. This allows for a faster workflow, and an easy way to sample a larger area. 
  • New: Menu option (three bars at top-right of the panel) in CC 2014 and later to reset the new popup notifications for zone/range pickers. 
  • New: PreBlend now allows you to automatically blend exposures using BlendIf.
  • New: PreBlend now supports layered documents. This is ideal if you export from Lightroom as layers, which expedites the workflow and allows you to easily save back to the source folder. [Note that this option will not be offered if your active document contains groups or adjustment layers, as PreBlend only works with pixel layers.]
  • Updated: PreBlend includes a new manual option to skip automatic sorting, which is intended to be used for interiors where the use of manual flash may cause some exposures to be sorted out of intended order (ie flash may cause a large bright interior in an image only meant to be used for its darker window). 
  • Updated: PreBlend now offers the ability to sort exposures in LAB color mode
  • Updated: PreBlend save dialog (when using multiple documents) defaults to close source documents and leave the new document open. This allows you to just click <enter> to discard the source docs and start working on the new document.
  • New: Sharpening now offers BlendIf masks to prevent halos.
  • New: Live Selections. Just <ctrl/cmd>-click on any preview button while in live mode, and the appropriate selection will be created. Any existing selection will be discarded, so that you may quickly change selections. (available on Photoshop CC only) New: Dodging and burn highlights, midtones and shadows automatically via BlendIf. This reduces file size and allows you to work more non-destructively.
  • New: Gradient map adjustment layer. This new option is configured to work in a manner similar to levels, but provides 5 primary points of adjustment instead of 3. This gives you more control like curves, while maintaining a simpler interface. Just <shift>-click on the "Levels" icon to create a gradient map. Adjust the layer by clicking the gradient and then moving the slider stops left and right.
  • Updated: Split-screen luminosity masks no longer create additional windows if you keep clicking the "Split" button. This is especially helpful for switching between horizontal and vertical views.
  • Updated: Panel loads more quickly at startup
  • Updated: Use lasso selections with "Sel" to load more targeted portions of the mask preview.  
  • Updated: Significant improvements to the written user manual in the ZIP download (expanded coverage, table of contents, links to numerous updated/new videos, table of contents, etc)
  • Updated: Clicking "Split" automatically syncs the image and mask. This makes it easy to keep the windows synched when zooming in and out. 
  • Updated: <shift>-click "Sel" to quickly save any active preview/selection for later use (this saves time by skipping the naming dialog, and allows you to save previews that include a selection)
  • Updated: You may <ctrl/cmd>-click "Combine" to rasterize the mask feather and density. This is very helpful for making local tweaks to Lumenzia's feathered masks. If you attempt to run Combine on a regular layer (rather than a group), you will be asked if you'd like to rasterize.
  • Updated: "Combine" now allows you to combine masks that use mask density adjustments.
  • Fixed: "Combine" will not apply an active selection (the selection will be ignored).
  • Fixed: "Combine" loads a black mask if the parent and child masks should result in a black mask.
  • Updated: <ctrl/cmd>-clicking "✓L" is even faster. Now, with an active selection, it automatically analyze the tones in the selected area to boost contrast (rather than prompting the user to provide the range of tones manually).
  • Updated: Brush is activated when creating new dodge/burn or sponge layers, so that you may immediately start painting on the mask/layer.
  • Updated: After creating "traditional" or "channel mix" previews, subsequently trying other previews will keep using traditional/channel until applied or cleared.
  • Updated: "Edge" now allows you to refine the active selection or the active layer if both are possible (previously, the selection would be discarded). 
  • Updated: Solid Color layer is made temporarily invisible during creation, so that the user may sample a color directly from the image.
  • Updated: Vibrance and Saturation are now available in "live" mode.
  • Updated: Exit color mask mode by clicking the "normal" button (you may still click the same color).
  • Updated: Simplified the advanced masking dialog (<ctrl/cmd>-click on L2, L3, etc) for CC users. The color mask options have been removed as they are already easily available without going into the advanced menu.
  • Updated: Simplified UI for creating masks with selections (single click with buttons instead of two clicks with radio buttons). Default remains to feather the mask if you click <enter>.
  • Updated: Simplified UI for difference masks (single click for dark masks instead of two with radio buttons, default remains Lighter if you just click <enter>).
  • Updated: Simplified UI for "Restore" (single click with buttons).
  • Updated: The (+/-) button has been renamed to "Diff (+/-)" to indicate that it looks for differences in luminosity, and to give the button a unique name due to the new + and - masking buttons.
  • Updated: "If" visualization will be cleared when clicking on any of the pickers, to save you time.
  • Updated: Selective Color and Diff (+/-) are greyed out when current document is in LAB mode (on CC), as these functions are not available.
  • Updated: Adjustment layers (Solid Color, Color Balance, etc) are no longer created if the user cancels or hits <ESC> during initial adjustment.
  • Updated: Creating a new Photo Filter layer (<shift>-Solid) prompts user for input to adjust the layer.
  • Updated: Group may be applied to locked layers
  • Updated: The option for two separate masks is now checked as the default when applying a combination of lasso selection and orange preview layers.
  • Updated: Improved the accuracy of the zone/range BlendIf pickers.
  • Updated: Improved the accuracy of the custom (boosted) ✓L.
  • Updated: Color mask buttons warn user that they cannot be used in LAB color mode.
  • Updated: <ctrl/cmd> clicking now hides marching ants in a different way. You may not click <ctrl/cmd>-H to show ants again if desired. (note that if you have guides or other special elements on screen, they will be hidden as well - just skip this or click <ctrl/cmd>-H at anytime to show them).
  • Updated: Vignette is feathered by default (speeds the workflow by removing a dialog box, though you may still adjust or remove the feather in the mask properties).
  • Updated: "Edge Protection" options are only shown when a sharpening layer is selected to simplify (show only relevant options).
  • Updated: Selective Color is greyed out when current document is in LAB mode (on CC).
  • Updated: Clicking "Curve", "Level", or "HSL" will now automatically open a dialog to let you immediate make changes, to work more quickly.
  • Updated: Added popup tips to the advanced mask window (<ctrl/cmd>-clicking preview buttons) 
  • Updated: Multiple improvements to JSXBIN installer.
  • Fixed: Selection dialog title no longer says "load" if there are no saved selections.
  • Fixed: PreBlend works with multiple files in LAB color mode.
  • Fixed: Live (standard) masks work in LAB color mode.
  • Fixed: Saturation/Vibrance masks now provide a more useful warning that images >30,000 pixels are not supported.
  • Fixed: Temporary orange layers now show intended Levels adjustment option in LAB color mode.
  • Fixed: An issue where cancelling the BlendIf Zone/Range Picker would create a BlendIf mask.
  • Fixed: A bug where "Sel" may not correctly show current state of the selection.
  • Fixed: "Dodge" button name fixed on CS6 panel.
  • Fixed: A bug that could turn off layer visibility when cancelling the zone picker under certain conditions
  • Fixed: Error message when creating Lighter/Dark preview 
  • Fixed: No curve is created if user cancelled tonal selection when using "Contrast".
  • Fixed: "Group" now works when selecting to "ignore" the active selection.
  • Fixed: Bug that prevented use of non-destructive decontaminate.
  • Fixed: Bug that caused "refine selection" to refine the mask instead.
  • Fixed: When creating a color mask via interactive tool, any pre-existing selection will be added as a group mask as intended.
  • Fixed: "Show" error message after cancelling zone pickers .

 Lumenzia Basics v3.0.2:

  • Fixed: A bug where using "Stamp" to render Lumenzia's orange preview layers resulted in an orange stamped layer.

Lumenzia v3.0.2 (February 15, 2017)

For the two year anniversary of Lumenzia, I've prepared the largest update yet!

  • New: "BlendIf" masks! Create the equivalent of traditional, zone, zone picker, and range masks as BlendIf "masks". This has two important benefits over using layer masks: BlendIf updates dynamically if you change the layers, and it does not increase file size at all. Your layer will automatically be renamed to reflect the BlendIf mask used. See the written manual in the ZIP download for more details on how to use this new feature (including creating, customizing, visualizing and clearing BlendIf masks). CC users can access this feature by toggling the new "If" button and then clicking the mask preview buttons, while CS6 users can access it by holding <shift> or <shift><ctrl/cmd> while clicking on the mask creation buttons.
  • New: "If" visualization button shows which pixels are impacted by the new BlendIf masks. The BlendIf:under preview is dynamic, allowing you to rapidly cycle through different optins and see exactly which areas in the image are targeted. Click "If" again to clear the preview. Because BlendIf:this is treated differently by Photoshop, it has a different method of preview which may be updated by clicking "If" twice. 
  • New: Local contrast enhancement! Just click the new "Contrast" button. If you have a mask preview active, it will enhance the contrast of the tones affected by the mask. If there is no mask preview, you will be prompted to select a range of tones. This is a great way to bring out more detail in the image. You may use a lasso selection prior to running this command in order to limit the adjustment to a specific part of the image. The resulting layer opacity and curve may be adjusted if you wish to further tweak the final results. 
  • New: "Live" mode allows you to apply luminosity masks with a single click. Just click the mode button to switch to "Live", then click on any standard or zone mask to immediately add a luminosity mask to the selected layer. [Note: this feature is available on Photoshop CC only].
  • New: Color masks. Click on any of the colors at the top of the panel, and the luminosity masks you create will be based on the selected color channel. This allows you to leverage color data to create more options for separation in your luminosity masks. Click the same color again to revert to the standard color mapping. Note that this is not the same as selecting the various colors, as the other color channels may be present (resulting in mixed color or white). If you wish to target specific colors, you should use the "Color" tool.
  • New: "Color" (group mask) now allows the user to select multiple colors. For example, can can now create a mask that isolates both greens and yellows. This allows better selection of broader range of colors. CC users may access this buy clicking the color icons at the top of the panel, while CS6 users may access this by <ctrl/cmd> clicking on the various mask preview buttons.
  • New: "Sharpen" now offers edge protection masks. These help prevent haloing and other artifacts at high contrast edges (such as a bright sunset behind buildings). Just use the quick select or magic wand tools create a selection of the high contrast edge and then click Sharpen. Tip: Try selecting the sky (instead of foreground), and let the selection extend all the way to the edge of the image for best results.
  • New: "Not" button will create inverted mask previews (this button produces the same result that was previously available by holding the <alt/option> key).
  • New: "Sel" load button can now add or subtract from the current selection. This allows the user to create advanced selections. In the load/save dialog, hold <alt/option> while clicking load to subtract. Hold <shift> to add. These modifier keys are noted in the tooltips when hovering over the load button. Note that marching ants are not visible/updated until you exit the dialog box.
  • Updated: CC user interface now makes it more clear which tonal range will be selected by the various mask preview buttons (width of the button suggests the tonal width to be seected). Additionally, button color and availability are updated to make it clear which options are available, depending on the modes selected in the rop row.
  • Updated: "Mask" will now update any previously created layer names with the new luminosity mask, so that you always have clear notes as to which mask was used.
  • Updated: Lumenzia has been optimized from top to bottom (complete rewrite of the code). Buttons responds much more quickly on Photoshop CS6, and the panel re-opens more quickly now after being minimized in Photoshop CC. [Note that the panel still requires a few seconds to initialize.]
  • Updated: "Sel" button has been optimized to respond much more quickly when working with saved channels.
  • Updated: Large UI is now the default on Photoshop CC. You may click the top right (three bars icon) in Lumenzia to access the smaller UI is desired.
  • Updated: Lighter/Darker masks may now be inverted via "Not" or <alt/option>.
  • Updated: The preview buttons and background been improved to make it more obvious which tones will be selected.
  • Updated: Selective Color is now primary (Color Balance is still accessible by <shift> clicking "SelCol".
  • Updated: You may now delete multiple saved selections at the same time by <ctrl/cmd> or <shift>-clicking on the appropriate selections and clicking the delete button.
  • Updated: PreBlend will now automatically lock pixels when combining multiple exposures. This still allows you to edit the mask, while helping to avoid accidentally painting on the image itself. Just click the lock icon if you need to edit any pixel layer. Smart objects are not locked, as they cannot be painted on, and you may wish to click into them to adjust RAW settings.
  • Updated: Hold <shift> while clicking "Selct Col" to create a Color Balance adjustment layer.
  • Updated: Hold <shift> while clicking "Solid" to create a Photo Filter adjustment layer.
  • Updated: When creating adjustment layers with Lumenzia ("Curve", "HSL", etc), they will be placed above the active layer instead of being made the first layer automatically. This makes their behavior more consistent with the way Photoshop handles such layers by default. (Note that dodge/vignette/sharpen will continue to be placed on top by default, as these are typically intended to affect the entire image).
  • Updated: Installer error messages have been updated to provide more clear feedback.
  • Updated: Installer checks to see that that multi-plugin is installed on older versions of Photoshop (this plugin is required to use saturation/vibrance masks).
  • Updated: Cleaned up Windows error messages (removed "null" from the pop up messages).
  • Updated: Simplified the sharpening interface by making the "Vivid" High Pass sharpening available only as a modifier key. Just <alt option>-click the High Pass button to use the Vivid blend mode (this is noted in the button's tooltip).
  • Updated: Simplified the sharpening interface by making the 16-bit Surface Blur available only as a modifier key. This option is much slower and is unlikely to improve image quality, but remains available by <alt/option>-clicking the Surface Blur button (this is noted in the button's tooltip).
  • Updated: Added tooltips to most dialog boxes.
  • Updated: Added a close button to the Sel save/load dialogue (though you may still just press the <esc> key to exit).
  • Updated: B&W is the default visualization for "dust"
  • Fixed: An issue with tooltips in Lumenzia Basics on Windows.
  • Fixed: Vibrance/Saturation will produce a warning if you attempt to use them in LAB color mode.
  • Fixed: Dual error messages when trying to create a Selective Color layer in LAB color mode.
  • Fixed: An issue where an adjustment layer might show up in the new layer name twice (such as "Curve Curve").
  • Fixed: An issue where an invisible layer would be make visible when using "Group"
  • Fixed: An issue where Surface Blur may not work with a single layer smart object.
  • Fixed: Bug that prevented using some characters in saved names due to a conflict with shortcut keys. Shortcut keys have been removed from this dialog box to resolve the issue.
  • Fixed: An issue where foreground/background colors may change when using "Color".
  • Fixed: An issue where "Color" did not produce the expected results if a layer mask was active
  • Fixed: An issue where 16-bit surface blur sharpening may fail to create the sharpening layer.
  • Fixed: Vignette (Inner) now works as expected
  • Fixed: Bug where high pass sharpening would not work when an invisible layer was active. 
  • Fixed: An issue where the "Sel" button may not allow the user to load a saved selection.
  • Fixed: Removed an error message after clicking "X" in the CS6 version of the panel
  • Fixed: <shift>-HSL uses luminosity blend mode when there is an active selection/preview
  • Fixed: <shift><cmd>-Balance uses color blend mode with Selective color layer
  • Fixed: Multiple scenarios where a closed group may be expanded. Note that there are some functions that will still cause a group to open (+/- masks, saturation/vibrance, sharpen)
  • Fixed: An expected error when trying to use the zone picker while a group is selected
  • Fixed: An error message now pops up if the user tries to use "Mask" when an temporary preview layer is selected.
  • Fixed: Extraneous documents/layers with Traditional mask option when working with documents that do not use the working RGB profile
  • Fixed: "Mask" can now be used on a background layer.

 Lumenzia Basics v3.0.2:

  • Updated: The panel now opens much more quickly after being minimized on Photoshop CC
  • Updated: Larger user interface for better readability and to better match Lumenzia. 
  • Fixed: Improve error hangling with "Fill" (clarified error messages).
  • Fixed: Issue where tooltips displayed html.
  • Fixed: Dodge/Burn tools in CS6
  • Fixed: Color button in CS6

Lumenzia v2.0.8 (released Nov 22+, 2016)

(This is still a FREE update for all customers, I just ran out of numbers after all the free updates on version 1.x)

  • New: Save and load selections! This functionality has been added to the "Sel" button. This is a convenient way to store selections that may need to use repeatedly on your image, such as the selection of a sky. To use this new feature, just click on "Sel" anytime you are not previewing a mask (ie, the temporary orange layers).
  • New: "Sel" button changes color to indicate selection status (requires Photoshop CC 2015 or later). It turns green when there is an active selection, so you are aware even if there are no marching ants. It turns red if there is a saved Lumenzia selection, as a simple reminder to delete old selections you no longer need (to save file space).
  • New: Color Mask has been greatly enhanced. You can now quickly mask by specific colors (includes primary and secondary colors: red, yellow, green, cyan, blue, magenta). And the mask outputs have been extensively optimized to ensure high quality isolation by color. Just click the "Color" button to refine any mask or layer by color. This still includes the option to make a custom color selection (now labeled as the "interactive" option), and it has been further optimized as well.
  • Updated: PreBlend will not use the -1 suffix on layers from images opened as Smart Objects from Lightroom. This provides layer names that more clearly reflect the source image files.
  • Updated: PreBlend and Sharpen dialogs now accepts <enter> to immediately execute default buttons.</enter>
  • Updated: When selections are rendered as separate masks, they will have the same name (instead of "selection mask"). This makes it easier to know what is inside the group if you collapse the group.
  • Updated: The user now has the option to "ignore" instead of render a selection hard or feathered. This allows more flexibility in your workflow.
  • Updated: Minor interface tweaks
  • Updated: Surface blur sharpening is now available in 16-bit. While the 16-bit surface blur is much faster in CC 2017, most users should continue to use the default 8-bit sharpening (which is faster and offers the same quality for most use).
  • Updated: Pop-up boxes on Windows no longer have a title saying "Script alert".
  • Update: Support interface has been refined significantly. As always, click the "Tutorials" button in Lumenzia to see the training videos and other support.
  • Fixed: The "check luminosity" and "check dust" visualizations will now leave any active selection in place.
  • Fixed: Masked layers generated with just a simple selection (lasso) are now properly named.
  • Fixed: Masks created with Lighter(+) are now properly named

Lumenzia v1.9.3 (released August 10+, 2016)

  • Fixed: Tooltip for "Edge" in CS6 had the wrong text.
  • Fixed: "Edge" command now works properly with all versions of Photoshop, including CC 2015.5.1.
  • Fixed: Dark curves now include intended anchor point.

Lumenzia v1.9.1 (released August 10+, 2016)

  • New!: Lighter and Darker masks ("+/-" button). This completely new approach to masking lets you select pixels which are either lighter or darker than their surrounding pixels. This can be extremely useful for certain situations which are difficult to select via other methods; such as when lighting varies along the desired selection, or when the luminosity is too similar between areas that should and should not be selected. And like all other masks in Lumenzia, these lighter/darker masks can be customized extensively (to control how far to compare or the degree of luminosity difference used to generate the mask). It is recommended to use this tool to create selections to paint on masks (as you will most likely use specific local portions of the mask created).
  • New!: Optional Large interface (CC 2014 or later required). Renders the user interface with larger fonts to make it easier to read. Please see the Lumenzia User Guide for more info. Only supports Lumenzia (not the Basics panel) at this time.
  • New!: Fast preview for Surface Blur sharpening. The surface blur filter is extremely processor intensive, which can significantly slow down your workflow if you want to customize the radius and threshold settings. To use this new fast preview, use the rectangular marquee tool in Photoshop to select a small area to see during preview (the fast preview option will not be available if there is no selection prior to pressing "Sharpen"). Note that the sharpening will still be applied to the entire image, this just limits the portion of the image that you can see in the preview.
  • Updated: The orange temporary layers have been renamed, to help better indicate how to customize the preview before applying it as a selection or mask.
  • Updated: "Sharpen" now offers a menu of options, rather than requiring modifier keys to access the various options. You may still use the modifier keys to go straight to the default high pass and surface blur sharpening.
  • Updated: General UI updates for Photoshop CC+.
  • Updated: Lumenzia will no longer show scrollbars when the panel is resized smaller than the full panel area (allows more of the panel to be visible when resized to fit a small space).
  • Fixed: Gray space recommendation for CS6 is now gamma 2.2 as best fit (sGray is not available on CS6).
  • Fixed: Removed an error message that was created if a temporary orange layer was selected when using the "Check L" tool.
  • Fixed: Issue where luminosity mask was sharpened when applied via high-pass "Sharpen".
  • Updated: Added a warning when using Photoshop v14.0 that Photoshop needs to be updated. The initial releases of CS6 (v13), CC (v14), and CC 2015 (v16) all contain bugs or other limitations that affect Lumenzia. Be sure to always update to the latest version of Photoshop (note that the CC installer installs the original version initially, so you much install and then update when installing on a new machine).
  • Known Issue (for CC2015.5): The "Edge" tool cannot currently be used in layer masks on adjustment layers CC 2015.5.0 due to a bug in the new release. If you wish to refine these masks, you will also find that the "Select and Mask" command is grayed out in Photoshop. However, this is a workaround. You can double-click the layer mask to launch the Select and Mask interface if you have checked the following option in Photoshop: Preferences/Tools/"Double Click Layer Mask Launches Select and Mask Workspace". However, by checking this option, you will not be able to double-click the mask to adjust the mask feather value Lumenzia uses with lasso selections and vignettes. You can always select the mask and open the Window/Properties panel to adjust the feather.

Basics v1.3.1

  • contains minor updates to maintain compatibility some features of Lumenzia v1.9.

Lumenzia v1.8.3 (released June 21+, 2016)

  • Updated: Installer updated to work with CC 2015.5
  • Updated: Fixed a CC 2015.5 incompatibility for the "Combine" tool (mask feathers were ignored, such as when combining group mask or vignette)

Lumenzia v1.8.2 (released May 22+, 2016)

  • Fixed: An extraneous error message ('...command "show" not available...') that was created when using the "Sel" command when there was only a single background layer in the image.

Lumenzia v1.8.1 (released May 2+, 2016)

  • Fixed: An issue where a confusing error message may be generated if the document is in Quick Mask mode. Lumenzia will now exit Quick Mask mode to continue.
  • Fixed: Holding <alt option=""> will produce a black mask for adjustment layers (curves, etc) when there is no active selection or temporary orange layers.</alt>
  • Fixed: "Mask" tooltip now correctly recommends <alt option=""> key for inverted masks.</alt>
  • Fixed: Issue where vignette may not create the expected default vignette.

Lumenzia v1.8.0 (released April 28+, 2016)

  • New!: Comprehensive support for LAB color mode! You may now work completely in LAB with Lumenzia. This opens up opportunities for simple and precise color replacement, advanced color management, etc.
  • New: Smart B&W workflow. If the first/top layer is a B&W adjustment layer, Lumenzia assumes it that B&W layer should remain on top. Any new permanent layers created by Lumenzia (curve, sharpen, vignette, etc) will be placed just under that B&W layer. Note that as you could with previous versions of Lumenzia, you can create a luminosity mask that is selective based on color, just click the eyeball to make the B&W layer in the image temporarily invisible and use the temporary B&W Lumenzia preview layer to adjust the mask sensitivity.
  • Updated: Various enhancements to increase the speed of some features.
  • Fixed: Issue that may cause dodge/burn curves to be incomplete.
  • Fixed: Attempting to "Group" a locked layer now generates an error message instead of failing silently.
  • Fixed: Issue with using "Combine" on a completely black mask.

Basics v1.3.0 (included with Lumenzia v1.8.0):

  • Updated: Added support for LAB colorspace.

Lumenzia v1.7.9 (released April 16+, 2016)

  • Updated: "Restore" now has an option to paint forward to the current state. This will undo the last change made, and set the brush so that you can paint forward to where you were. This is a great way to selectively add in the last change. For example, if you use the Refine Edge tool and only want to use the results in a portion of the image, this will allow you to paint forward to the areas you want to change, versus painting back the areas you want to remain unchanged.
  • Updated: PreBlend now offers a menu with all options (this eliminates the need to use any keyboard shortcuts, and allows greater flexibility and ease of use with PreBlend).
  • Updated: "Edge" options now include a preset designed for blending high contrast exposures (such as a sunset behind mountains or buildings).
  • Updated: "Edge" asks if user wants non-destructive decontaminate layer during initial menu, to simplify the interface.
  • Updated: Installer now recommends updating the Gray working space if it is not properly matched the RGB working space. This helps improve the quality of luminosity masks (by ensureing RGB and Gray space use the same gamma).
  • Fixed: Issue where invisible layer may be made visible when applying or clearing the temporary orange layers.
  • Fixed: Copyright statement does not wrap if panel is resized to a small width

Lumenzia Basics v1.2 (included with Lumenzia v1.7.9)

  • New: "Verticals" tool allows you to quickly fix perspective issues. [Note that in Photoshop CC 2015, the resize handles may not be shown - just hover over the corner to get a white arrow cursor, then click and drag.]

Lumenzia v1.7.8 (released March 1+, 2016)

  • Updated: PreBlend naming convention now adds “blend” to the end of the filename, so that the file alphabetically sorts next to the primary source file (ie, the source of the bottom layer)
  • Updated: Installer lists version of panels to be installed.
  • Fixed: "Edge" no longer asks to decontaminate if the user cancels during refinement.
  • Fixed: Aligned L6 button
  • Fixed: An issue where ruler units may be changed to pixels.
  • Fixed: Lumenzia will not make any changes or provide a false error message if a single orange layer is selected when clicking on "Mask".

Lumenzia Basics v1.1.2

  • Fixed: "Fill" does not ask to expand the selection if there is none.

Lumenzia v1.7.7 (released Feb 17, 2016)

  • Fixed: Issue creating mask previews in Photoshop CS6, CC, and CC 2014 when the document contained only a single layer set as background.

Lumenzia Basics v1.1.1

  • Fixed: Dodge/Burn Tool enhanced for Photoshop CC (aka Photoshop 14.x)

Lumenzia 1.7.6 (released Feb 16, 2016)

  • Updated: "Mask" can now be used on multiple layers simultaneously! Just <crl/cmd> or <shift> click on the target layers and click mask.

This allows a fast way to automatically blend multiple exposures, which is very helpful for controlling highlights (sunsets, etc). If there is an active luminosity mask preview (the orange temporary layers), the mask will be applied progressively from the bottom up. In other words, the mask will be applied to the lowest layer first, with subsequent layer masks reflecting the blended result using the lower layers.

To automatically blend to darken highlights: Stack the darkest exposure on top, select all layers to blend (don't select the base exposure), <alt option="">-click Mask to add black masks if you want to see an accurate preview, then select a lights mask (L3-L5), and click Mask.</alt>

Blending shadows is more complicated and not as suitable for an automated approach. To blend to lighten shadows: Stack the lightest exposure on top, select all layers to blend (don't select the base exposure), <alt option="">-click Mask to add black masks if you want to see an accurate preview, then select a dark-midtone mask (zone 1), and click Mask. Try reducing the opacity of upper layers and use group masks to apply the layers locally as needed.</alt>

This is also a quick way to completely reveal/hide the layers by applying solid white/black masks. If there is no active selection or luminosity mask preview (the orange temporary layers) a solid white mask will be applied to all layers, or a solid black mask if you hold <alt option=""> while clicking "Mask".</alt>

Note that if the selected layers do not have black masks (which can easily done by <alt-option>-clicking "Mask"), the preview will not be accurate when masking multiple layers, as the multi-layer blend will black out the masks before applying the new mask iteratively. Either way, the actual results will be the same, but blacking the masks is required if you want an accurate preview (of the mask that will be applied to the bottom layer).</alt-option>

  • Updated: If multiple layers are selected, the mask preview and "X" buttons will leave the selections active. This facilitates use of the new multi-layer Mask functionality described above.
  • Updated: Added shortcut keys to several dialog boxes for Windows computers (sorry Mac users, Photoshop does not support these shortcuts on OSX). Windows users should hold <><alt> and click on the underlined letter to use the shortcuts.</alt>
  • Updated: Un-Group has been renamed "Combine". Functionality is unaffected.
  • Updated: Minor panel icon cleanup/enhancement.
  • Fixed: Dialog boxes now get focus as intended on Windows computers.
  • Fixed: Surface blur (<alt option="">-click on "Sharpen") now works again as intended.</alt>
  • Fixed: If a selection is active and there is no mask preview, user is now given choice to feather or not when applying curves, etc.
  • Fixed: Reduced error messages in CS6 when no document is open
  • Fixed: Issue where adding Curve/HSL/Solid/Col Bal while layer inside an invisible group causes group to become visible.
  • Fixed: Rare issue where an invisible group may be made visible while cleaning up orange temp layers.­­

Lumenzia Basics v1.1

  • New: "Burn-" and "Dodge+" tools. These provide quick access to the dodge and burn brush tools with settings optimized to refine luminosity masks to reduce/increase partially selected areas by painting on a mask. Hold <alt option=""> to have the tools activated with more aggressive settings (to work more quickly and affect a wider range of midtones).</alt>
  • Updated: "SmartObj" can now extract the contents of a smart object (ie replace the smart object with its layers). Just select a single layer that is a smart object, and you can choose between extracting and rasterizing the content.
  • Updated: "X Mask" can now toggle the visibility of multiple masks at the same time. Just select multiple layers (by <ctrl cmd=""> or <><shift> clicking on layers) and then use X Mask.</shift></ctrl>
  • Updated: “Stamp” can now be used to render Lumenzia’s orange preview layers into a pixel layer. Hold <ctrl cmd=""> to set the new layer’s blend mode to luminosity. This may be used for creative effects.</ctrl>
  • Updated: Panel icon is now unique from the primary Lumenzia panel.
  • Updated: “Fill” now offers to expand the selection (this can help avoid artifacts at edges of tight selections when using content-aware fill)
  • Fixed: Stamp now supports images with all layers in a single group

Lumenzia v1.7.5 (released Jan 18+, 2016)

  • Updated: Prompt user to select dodge/burn method.
  • Updated: Prompt user with option to feather a selection or not. This offers a simple way to apply hard edge selections.
  • Updated: Prompt user with option to create two masks when applying both orange preview and a selection. Dual/separate masks allows for a more flexible workflow by offering the ability to refine feathering of a selection, as well as to refine the selection area. This replaces the previous use of the <><shift> modifier key. If you create separate masks, you can always use the "Un-Group" function later to combine them into a single mask.</shift>
  • Updated: Added notice to CC 2015.0.0 users that they should update Photoshop due to bugs that significantly limit the ability to use Lumenzia. Note that CC 2014 and other previous versions are also ok.
  • Fixed: PreBlend with single file open failed to execute.
  • Fixed: Cleaned up some graphical variability.
  • Fixed: Focus Mac issue with popup menus.
  • Fixed: Issue where Check Luminosity wouldn't cycle through normal/boosted levels.

Lumenzia Basics v1.0.1 (released with Lumenzia v1.7.5)

  • Fixed: Clip within a single group now allowed

Lumenzia v1.7 (released January 16, 2016):

  • New: Lumenzia Basics! My goal is for Lumenzia to make luminosity masking as simple as possible. However, different users have different needs. Therefore, I am adding a set of basic luminosity masking tools to a separate panel. This new panel is primarily intended for users who prefer buttons over Photoshop shortcut keys and for new users unfamiliar with certain tools commonly used with luminosity masking. As a separate panel, Lumenzia Basics can be setup any way you like: expanded alongside Lumenzia to see everything at once, tabbed or docked for easy access only when needed, or hidden/uninstalled altogether. As a separate panel, it will start as version 1.0 and can be used with any version of Lumenzia (ie, you should not expect the version numbers to match). For a list of initial features in Lumenzia Basics, please see the release notes for Lumenzia Basics v1.0 below.
  • New: "Restore" feature gives you powerful options to undo just about any change to a mask or pixel layer. For example, manually painting on masks can be cumbersome if you make a mistake that you need to undo. Previously, you could undo brush strokes one at a time. If you just wanted to undo part of a brush stroke or a stroke you made 10 steps ago, you just had to undo everything. And if you use lots of brush strokes, chances are you won't be able to go far enough back in history to undo an early change. Now, with the new "Undo" feature, you can simply set a reference point, and then paint back your mask to that state at any time. But you can also use this to undo other types of changes: such as cloning/stamping,
  • New: "Edge" tool invokes the refine mask / selection tool to help to get rid of fringing at the edges of high-contrast masks. This tool helps create much more natural looking edges when manually blending exposures with hard edges or when creating composites (putting a portrait on a new backdrop). The Edge tool automatically recommends ideal settings for your image, which reduces guesswork and speeds up the process - but you are given the opportunity to tweak the results. "Edge" will optimize the active mask or selection (priority is on the active layer's mask if both are present). Default settings are optimized for landscapes (exposure blending), hold <alt option=""> while clicking "Edge" to optimize for portraits (cutting out people from a backdrop). While reviewing settings, press <><k> to see the mask or <l> to see the blended image. Paint over edges to refine them further. Note: Please see the "Lumenzia User Guide" in the Training and Overview folder for suggestions on how to optimize settings if desired.</l></k></alt>
  • New: "PreBlend" will now creates and stacks exposure variants when working with a single document. You may select from a range of exposure options. This is an ideal way to extract more highlight/shadow detail from a RAW image opened as a smart object. If multiple documents are open, Lumenzia will proceed to attempt to stack them instead (ie, same as previous behavior).
  • Updated: Advanced customization for luminosity masks:

A levels layer is now included in the temporary orange preview layers. Adjust the levels to manually tweak the preview before applying it as a mask or selection. While Lumenzia has always offered the ability to tweak the curves, this new option makes it much faster and easier to modify complex curves. For example, you can bring in the whites slider on levels to modify a DM1 curve to be more selective.

<ctrl cmd="">-clicking brings up a menu that adds the ability to create the preview using the channel mixer instead of the BW mixer. The traditional option remains (traditional is the grayscale mapping, which is nearly identical to the L channel of LAB).</ctrl>

  • Updated: <ctrl cmd="">-click "Dodge / Burn" to select from three different methods and high contrast. You can select from 50% gray pixels (ideal for landscapes and makes it easy to see where dodging/burning have been applied), transparent pixels (produces the same results and makes it easy to apply a contrast curve to the adjust areas via clipping mask), or curves (which are ideal for portrait retouching). The "high contrast" checkbox will use overlay (vs soft light) blend mode or use steeper curves, resulting in higher contrast results.</ctrl>
  • Updated: UI cleanup.

Moved buttons so that panel is now more logically arranged around three core functions: create (masks), apply (masks), refine (masks/layers).

Removed blue border that appeared after running PreBlend.

Updated: Overhauled the JSXBIN install script.

Allows installation of both the Lumenia and Lumenzia Basics panels in a single step.

Simplifies the process of uninstalling the panels if desired.

Improved error message for systems lacking the permissions to allow a Photoshop script to install the panels.

Added error message to warn users when they may need to close the Lumenzia panel before installing an upgrade.

  • Updated: Added more info to error message for users who need to install the Ad

Lumenzia Basics v1.0 (released with Lumenzia v1.7) includes:

  • "Undo/Redo": Click multiple times to go backwards / forwards multiple states.
  • "Fill": Content aware fill (if there is an active selection), or fill (if nothing is selected).
  • "Stamp": Stamp visible layers (ie, create a new layer that merges all layers)
  • "SmartObj": Convert selected layer(s) to a smart object. Or if a single smart object is selected, rasterize it.
  • "X Mask": Enable/disable selected layer's mask.
  • "Clip": Create or release clipping mask for selected layer(s).
  • "Invert": Inverts active selection or selected layer's mask. Prompts with options if both are available.
  • "Deselect": If there is no active selection, the last action selection will be reselected.
  • "Ants": Show/hide marching ants for active selection.
  • Layer blend modes and "Blend If". Double-click a blend mode to return to normal blend mode (ie, if the layer is already in "overlay", clicking overlay again will revert to normal.)
  • Note that tooltips include descriptions of Photoshop shortcuts where available. New users may find this helpful to learn shortcuts.

Version 1.6.4 (released November 28, 2015):

  • New: "Range" picker tool. Want to select a specific range of tones? Use this new tool to click on an upper and lower bound, and automatically get a mask that selects for these tones. This is especially helpful when the range you want to work with doesn't fit a particular zone in the narrow/wide zone system, and can be very helpful when trying to apply a contrast curve to a particular range of midtones. And of course you can customize the preview curve to tweak the range selection if desired.
  • New: "Split" view tool. Use this tool to view your current layer mask and the image side by side. This is extremely helpful when manually refining masks. When using this tool, it is suggested that you check "Scroll All Windows" in the hand tool to synchronize any movement around the image (note that this setting also affects the use of the <><space> shortcut to the hand tool). Hold <ctrl cmd=""> while clicking on "Split" to automatically sync window views if you zoom in/out.</ctrl></space>
  • Updated: "PreBlend" now retains XMP/EXIF data (from the primary/bottom layer) in the newly blended file (ie, this output file retains the camera name, focal length, and other shooting information from the primary source file)
  • Updated: "PreBlend" now offers the option to close all source documents at once (with or without saving changes) to save you time.
  • Updated: "✓L" custom boosted range algorithm has been improved to show better preview for extreme light/dark tones
  • Updated: Zone pickers have unique symbols. The wide zone continues to appear as ╬, and the narrow zone picker now appears as ┼.
  • Updated: Pixels (instead of mask) are made active when running "dodge/burn". This allows you to immediately start dodging and burning (vs painting a mask). Additionally, you can now click a couple of keys after "dodge/burn" to get a transparent layer dodge/burn layer (if you prefer this to a gray layer): simply click <alt option="">-A to select all pixels in the layer and then <><delete> to get rid of them to leave a completely transparent layer. Working on a transparent dodge/burn layer is beneficial if you intend to load the pixels as a selection later (this can be helpful if you wish to use a curves adjustment to control contrast in the areas that have been dodged and burned)</delete></alt>
  • Updated: "Color Group" has been renamed to "Color Mask".
  • Updated: "Color Mask" only adds a group if the target layer already has a mask, which avoids creating a layer if one is not needed.
  • Updated: The SetRef and ClrRef functions have been removed to make way for the new Range tool. SetRef/ClrRef were not used by the overwhelming majority of Lumenzia users, and were a source of confusion for many users. If you were using this feature, you can still get the same result by manually turning layers on and off during preview to determine which layers will contribute to the mask.
  • Updated: PreBlend now offers to save the new layered document back to same folder as the primary exposure. This makes it easier for Lightroom users to automatically save the new blend document with the source files. During the save, you will have the option to choose the folder, file type, etc for saving the blended document. Note that you can simply press <><return> to accept default settings (save the blend doc and leave source docs open), or press <esc> to just leave all files open unsaved.</esc></return>
  • Fixed: a bug where PreBlend would create new files in sRGB regardless of source color space. PreBlend now retains the color space (Adobe RGB, ProPhoto, sRGB, etc) of the primary exposure.
  • Fixed: Tooltip for "Color" adjustment layer shortened to keep it from being cut off on some displays.
  • Fixed: Vignette is created with normal blend mode if <ctrl cmd=""> not pressed.</ctrl>
  • Fixed: Selection remains active after using vignette (which is helpful if you wish to both darken outside of and lighten inside of the same selection).
  • Fixed: "PreBlend" no longer includes the original file extension in the new file name
  • Fixed: Unpredictable results from attempts to use "PreBlend" with masked layers. Masked layers are now ignored and PreBlend generates a notice.
  • Fixed: Bug where "✓L" would generate an error message if run while an empty layer was selected
  • Fixed: Corrected tooltip for "Group"
  • Fixed: Bug where error message may be generated when clearing temp layers if one of the temp layer was selected
  • Fixed: Bug where "✓L" generated an error if identical upper and lower values were input.

Version 1.5.1 (released October 13, 2015):

  • Updated: Hold <cmd/ctrl>and click "✓dust" to see dust spots in black and white, which can make it easier to see defects in some situations.
  • Updated: New dodge/burn layers are now automatically placed as top layer
  • Fixed: "✓dust" and "X" were making invisible active layers become visible
  • Fixed: bug that prevented user from loading luminosity mask via "Group" and "Dodge/Burn"

Version 1.5 (released October 5, 2015):

  • New: By popular demand, Lumenzia now supports nearly any color space and bit depth, including Lab and 32-bit HDR! When you try to use Lumenzia on an image in a 32-bit, Lab, CMYK, Grayscale, or Duotone color space; Lumenzia will now give you the option to automatically convert the image to a smart object. This allows you to retain the original image data and use Lumenzia. If you want to modify the smart object, just double click it to continue editing the original image in it's original color space and bit depth. Please see the following video for a demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3aoufvIBI4
  • New: Luminosity visualization: Click ✓L to isolate luminosity from color. This makes it easier to clone/heal/blend layers. Click once to view actual luminosity or twice to get a boosted view that helps see very subtle differences. Click a third time or click "X" to clear the temporary visualization. As with the ✓dust button, be sure to use "current and below" when cloning/healing to keep the preview from being applied to your corrections. Please see the following video for a demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Keo_l-X_tqE
  • New: D6 / M6 / L6 masks. This allows even more specific control of extreme tones - L6 in particular can be helpful to adjust bright sunsets/sunrises.
  • Updated: The Surface Blur sharpen feature is back. Hold <alt option=""> while clicking on "Sharpen" to apply Surface Blur sharpening. This approach is ideal for portraits. Note that this method does not currently support non-destructive updating like the default high-pass sharpening.</alt>
  • Updated: Dodge/burn layers are now filled with 50% gray. This makes it very easy to review the layer thumbnail to see where you have made adjustments in the image. You can continue to use the eraser tool to undo any brush strokes, as both transparent pixels and 50% gray pixels have no effect on the image.
  • Updated: The Solid Color adjustment layer button is now named “Color” and the default blend mode is soft light (the old color blend mode can still be accessed by holding <ctrl cmd=""> while clicking on “Color”).</ctrl>
  • Updated: <ctrl cmd="">-click "Dodge / burn" to create a doge/burn layer with overlay blend mode instead of soft light. This creates a higher contrast adjustment.</ctrl>
  • Updated: <alt option="">-click "HSL" to create HSL layer in color blend mode instead of normal. This protects against changes in luminosity when adjusting saturation.</alt>
  • Updated: The JSXBIN installer now detects existing installations of Lumenzia and offers to uninstall them to help avoid version conflicts (this can also be used to simply uninstall - just click "no" on the license to avoid installing after uninstall). Also improved installer error messages for clarify.
  • Updated: "Sharpen" now defaults to the Overlay blend mode (creates a more soft/natural effect). Hold <alt option=""> while clicking "Sharpen" to use the high-pass method with the old Vivid Light blend mode.</alt>
  • Updated: Enhanced help for CS6 on Windows.
  • Fixed a rare issue where the phrase “dodge / burn” would be added to the layer name when using the “Mask” button.
  • Fixed: When vignetting, mask feather is now adjustable.
  • Fixed an error that could occur if the user cancelled the “Color Group” function.
  • Note: Modifier keys have changed significantly with this release. Please see tooltips or the “Lumenzia Button Reference” spreadsheet (“Training and Overview” folder in Lumenzia download)

Version 1.4.1 (released July 26, 2015):

  • New: "Solid" loads Solid Color Fill adjustment layer (set to color blend mode). This is a great way to boost a sunset or replace a color. Hold <c<rl cmd=""> >hile clicking "Solid" to load as soft light blend mode. This retains some of the existing color to produce a moderate adjustment. The default Solid Color layer adds a warming effect, switch hue to ~220 for cooling.</c<rl>
  • New "Bal" loads Color Balance adjustment layer. This is useful for precise color correction.
  • New: Hold <ctrl/cmd> when clicking "sel" to load the selection with marching ants hidden.
  • New: Hold <ctrl/cmd> when clicking "sharpen" to use the Overlay blend mode. This creates more of a softer sharpening effect than the default vivid light blend mode.</ctrl>
  • New: PreBlend now supports auto-alignment on CS6 and CC.
  • New: Vignette now supports luminosity masks (and the button is now orange to reflect this new capability). This can be a helpful to use an inverted ("not") dark mask on a vignette layer to avoid making shadows too dark in the vignette. (For example, <alt option="">-D4 will select everything but the dark shadows).</alt>
  • Updated: The "Photo Filter" button has been removed. The new "Solid" and "Bal" tools provide better control for color adjustments. Note: if you wish to continue using Photo Filter, you can either (1) load your mask as a selection with "Sel" and then use Photoshop's command to create a new Photo Filter layer, or (2) create a new Photo Filter adjustment layer and use the "Mask" button to load a Lumenzia mask onto it. or (3) use Solid Fill in soft light mode to get a similar effect. 
  • Updated: The "Re-mask" button has been renamed "Mask". No change in functionality. This makes it more clear that this button can be used to either replace a mask, or to create a mask on a layer that does not have one.
  • Updated: If sharpening is updated on an existing sharpening layer, the blend mode will be preserved (which is helpful to if you are sharpening with overlay or other blend modes)
  • Updated: If a sharpen layer has a luminosity mask and is updated, a message will pop up reminding the user to use the "Mask" button to update the layer mask if desired.
  • Updated: Reduced the amount of the default mask feather slightly.
  • Fixed: Addressed an issue where applying "Ungroup" may cause a hidden layer to become visible
  • Fixed: When applying just a selection and no luminosity mask to a group, no longer creates an unnecessary intermediate layer (results in faster execution).
  • Fixed: copyright statement font size fixed so that it does not extend into help button if UI Font size is set to large in preferences.
  • Fixed: "Mask" properly updates names of sharpening layers.
  • Fixed: Sharpening responds to SetRef
  • Fixed an issue where sharpening could not be properly completed with a single visible layer in a multiple layer document
  • Fixed an issue where "Mask" would make a hidden layer visible

Version 1.3 (released July 16, 2015):

  • New: Non-destructive sharpening! If you ever change the layers beneath the sharpening layer, just select it and click the "sharpen" button to update. This keeps any masking and your previous radius selection (though you can change the radius if you like and it will ignore any layers you have placed above the sharpening layer). This is a huge time saver if you ever need to go back and clone out a dust spot you missed, refine the blending, etc.
  • New: Sharpening is now based on a high-pass filter approach. This approach is much faster, simpler (just a single slider preset to the value automatically recommended by Lumenzia), and visual (you can see the sharpening in real time as you move the the slider). Additionally, this approach can bring out more detail in landscape images, while still being a good option for portraits.
  • New: Check for dust spots! Adobe's built-in dust checking tool in Lightroom and camera raw is awesome. But there are times when you miss a spot or forget to use it before you start adjusting the image or adding layers. The ✓dust button in Lumenzia makes it easy to find and fix issues on images at any time.
  • New: "Curves" are now set to luminosity blend mode if you hold <ctrl/cmd> while clicking "Curve". This is a nice shortcut if you want to use curves and avoid color shifts.
  • New: Added an "L" icon for Lumenzia when the panel is docked (ie minimized).
  • Updated: PreBlend removes "as Smart Object-1" from the layer name, if present. This text is added to the source file names when opening files from Lightroom as smart objects.
  • Updated: Luminosity/Saturation masks are no longer inverted at the loading stage when pressing <alt>, only when creating previews. <alt> will only invert the selection when applying.
  • Updated: Refined Curve/HSL/Filter buttons to help address a bug where a small number of users don't see the orange temporary layers cleared. Added additional error messages to help debug in case this issue is not yet resolved.
  • Updated: PreBlend output file is now named after the base layer in the new file (as "Blend" + bottom layer name). This helps to differentiate blended files.
  • Updated: Document history cleaned up in new "PreBlend" file.
  • Updated: History name for zone pickers updated to be more clear.
  • Updated: Minor enhancements to improve saturation masking speed
  • Updated: Installer has new error messages to help Windows users who may need to extract ZIP file contents or may need to run as administrator to complete installation.
  • Fixed: Address an issue where the temporary orange layers are not be cleared after applying "Curve", etc.
  • Fixed: PreBlend now generates a 16-bit image when working with a 16-bit source. Note that if your source images vary, Lumenzia will use the the bit depth and RGB color space of the first source image.
  • Fixed: Addressed an issue where other extension panels could cause Lumenzia to stop working and require Photoshop restart in CS6.
  • Fixed: If tries to apply saturation mask with no visible layers, Lumenzia now cleans up its temporary layers.

Version 1.2 (released July 11, 2015):

  • PreBlend! Lumenzia now makes it super easy to blend multiple exposures. Just open the images you need and click "PreBlend". Lumenzia will create a new document, add the images as layers, align the layers, automatically sort them by brightness, and create black masks on the top layers to start blending. Note that Lumenzia will skip any images with multiple layers (just merge the layers if you wish to use them). Note that auto-alignment during pre-blending requires Photoshop CC 2014 or later. CS6 and CC can still benefit from PreBlend and should just choose Edit / Auto-Align Layers from the Photoshop menus to complete pre-blending.
  • Apply group (selection) and luminosity mask (preview layers) at the same time! This makes it faster than ever to apply a luminosity mask to just a specific part of the image by skipping a step. It's also much easier to select the right part of the mask while viewing the preview. This is the equivalent of applying a preview, using group, and then using ungroup all in one step! For example, click L3 to select highlights, then lasso the sky, and hit "curve" to get a single layer adjustment that lets you adjust the sunset without impacting the foreground.
  • Tooltips! After cursor hovers over button for a set period of time, and helpful tips will appear. This includes both a description of what the button does and how to use it. Please note that due to limited space, only the most important hints are shown.
  • Sharpen layers are now named with the radius and threshold used. This makes it easier to compare different sharpening settings, as well as to make it simple to recreate the sharpening layer later if needed.
  • Added help button for the CC panel. Launches default browser and loads support page with tutorial videos and help documentation.
  • Updates for enhanced compatibility with CC 2015 on Windows.
  • Fixed a bug where standard luminosity mask previews wouldn't restore proper SetRef visibility for a group when selected while initially previewing the mask
  • Fixed a bug where mask feather was not applied to selection used with new adjustment layers
  • Added version note to bottom of panel, as Extension Manager is no longer used to manage version control.
  • Added a popup box in the installation script for Windows users who need elevated permissions to complete installation.

Version 1.1 (released June 11, 2015):

  • Fixed a bug where clipping masks were not retained when using "ungroup"
  • Fixed a bug where "color group" would not use the "SetRef" reference
  • Added an error message to more clearly identify that the "Optional Multi-plugin" may not have been properly installed.
  • Improved robustness for installation with Photoshop CC

Version 1.0 (released Feb 16, 2015):

  • Initial release