Lumenzia Release Notes (Version History)

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Lumenzia v8.1.1 (launched Nov 11, 2019)

Lumenzia v8 is used extensively in my new Dodging & Burning Master Course.

Lumenzia v8 is fully compatible with my Exposure Blending Master Course.None of workflows demonstrated in the course have changed, and the course now includes text and video (in section 1.6) to to highlight some ways you might take advantage of new v8+804 features in your exposure blending.

Please note that I intend to share tutorials on v8.1 and more about v8.0 in the coming months. However, I am currently tending to a family medical emergency and have limited ability to record tutorials right now. More to come soon! You can see the initial v8 demos here.

Fun fact: If you've been using Lumenzia since v1.0, you've now received 1,218 free new features, updates, and bug fixes in total.

Note for CS6 users: While v8 includes hundreds of enhancements for CS6, you will see that several new interface items which require CC (such as the sliders). This are unfortunately due to limitations of a >7-year old platform. Differences are primarily in appearance or workflow. Functional capabilities generally remain nearly the same.

  • New: 32-bit luminosity masks! Now you can harness the power of Lumenzia while using HDR or other 32-bit workflows! [requires Photoshop CC 2020].
  • New: 32-bit support for smart sharpening in “Sharp”.
  • New: 32-bit luminosity curves for “Dodge".
  • New: An even smaller "Compact-Small" interface size. The luminosity masking panel yet! This gives you even more room to see your image or layers. Just like with the large/compact sizes, you may <cmd/ctrl>-click “X” to quickly toggle between the small size with the full set of buttons or compact version. Or <alt/option>-click “X” to cycle through all interface sizes without having to use the menu. [requires Photoshop CC]
  • New: Continuous gamma optimization. To achieve the highest-quality masks and selections, it is important to use a gray space which uses a gamma matching your RGB profile. Failure to optimize can cause masks/selections which are either too strong, too weak, and which do not match the preview. For example, this could result in unwanted painting in areas which appear to be protected by the selection. Setting the gray space once based on the RGB working space is not optimal, as each document may have a different RGB profile (the issue is related to the image’s RGB profile, not the generic RGB colorspace in Photoshop. Maximum quality is achieved when this setting is updated for each image based on its color profile. This is particularly important if some of your images are in ProPhoto RGB and others are not. This feature is now enabled by default and will automatically update your gray space as needed to ensure you always get the highest-quality masks and selections. [Note: This feature has no affect on your RGB profile or working RGB space. You may disable this feature via the checkbox option in the “Utilities" menu to keep Lumenzia from changing the gray colorspace.]
  • New: Adjust saved selections with Levels via “Sel”. This is a great way to strengthen selections or move gray pixels towards black or white.
  • New: Adjust saved selections with camera RAW via “Sel”. This is a great way to customize selections using the Basic tonal controls in RAW (such as highlights, shadows, white, black, etc). [Photoshop CC only].
  • New: Duplicate saved selections via “Sel”. This is helpful when you use the new adjust options and wish to save a copy of the original or make multiple variations.
  • Updated: “Split” now automatically keeps mask and image views synchronized when zooming in and out. This makes it easier than ever to work on fine details of your image. [Photoshop CC only]
  • Updated: “Split” grayed out when not available (requires a layer mask on the active layer). [Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: “Split” may be used to view filter masks (be sure to click on the filter mask to make it the target if the layer has a layer mask as well).
  • Updated: “Split” popup info for working with multiple documents updated to note important keyboard shortcuts when working in that mode.
  • Updated: “Dodge” curves can be set for luminosity + color. This is particularly useful for 32-bit dodging and burning, where other blend modes are not available.
  • Updated: Swapped the locations of the “X” and “Not” buttons to give the more important “X” button a more prominent and easily clicked location. [Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: Orange buttons are now dynamic (only show in color when there is a preview). This makes it more clear which buttons can use the luminosity input, as well as reducing the distraction of color from the panel. [Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: Orange buttons more closely match the color of the orange layers Lumenzia creates (the color is meant to help show that these buttons can use the orange previews as an input). The previous color was a bit more subtle. [Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: <alt/option>-click “X” to cycle through all possible interface sizes. [Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: The small interface slider has been updated to be full width like the other choices in order to provide more control when sliding. [Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: <cmd>-clicking wide zones or zone picker allows for choice of narrow/wide zone in the advanced masking options. Allows you to easily use the narrow zone while viewing the compact interface.
  • Updated: Added information “about gray colorspace” to the written manual.
  • Updated: Added optimization support for significantly more RGB working spaces.
  • Updated: Panel tips now use more of the available width to use space more efficiently. [Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: Made list of saved selections in “Sel” taller, so that you may more easily see options when working with several saved selections.
  • Updated: Moved the menu preference for fast previews from the main list of panel options into the Utilities (also under that menu). This just removes clutter for an option that almost no one should change. This only affects the CC panel, as the CS6 panel already shows all checkable items in the Utilities menu.
  • Updated: Utilities/Optimize no longer generically checks gray working space, as the new per-document approach is superior.
  • Updated: Precision slider text displays feathering value of 1000 more clearly. [Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: Precision slider text more centered for better readability. [Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: Code cleanup to load the panel more quickly.
  • Updated: “?” References user manual when offline. [Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: Sel’s channel list position maintained when deleting channels. This makes it easier to quickly delete several channels.
  • Updated: Quick save/load with “Sel” now warns the user when working with no selection (which may be the result of intersecting a selection with a black area of a luminosity preview).
  • Fixed: “Mask” does not produce expected results when choosing to ignore the active selection.
  • Fixed: Incorrect results when using sliders on multiple layers. [Photoshop CC]
  • Fixed: “Sel” preview may not update as expected if a component channel is selected.
  • Fixed: “Sel” rename disrupts preview.
  • Fixed: “Sel” preview not updated after duplicating channel.
  • Fixed: Can select multiple radio buttons in “Dodge”.
  • Fixed: Sel channel preview support on CS6.
  • Fixed: “Sharp” visualize in gray now properly disabled for Smart Objects in CS6, as it is not available.
  • Fixed: Zone picker fails when using selection to target.
  • Fixed: Bug where <shift>-clicking “Sel” would not properly create a quick-saved selection.
  • Fixed: Increased timeout to avoid false initialization alerts when double-clicking extremely large files to open Photoshop. 
  • Fixed: Typing in slider value for feather results in incorrect result. [Photoshop CC]
  • Fixed: Previews using the advanced “Channel Mix” method result in incorrect layer name.
  • Fixed: Error message when using High Pass “Sharp” on existing Smart Objects.


Lumenzia Basics v8.1.0 includes:

  • Updated: Fill’s “stamp all layers” option grayed out when not available, to make the choices more clear.
  • Updated: “Fill” now remembers the last type of fill used, to make it easier to keep filling with black or white.
  • Updated: <alt/option>-click “Stamp” to flatten all layers.
  • Updated: <alt/option>-clicking “SmartObj” now offers “none” to clear existing stack modes.
  • Fixed: “Fill” creates a new layer instead of filling a targeted layer mask when working with Smart Objects.
  • Fixed: “Fill” did not default to a usable option when filling a layer mask.
  • Fixed: Content aware shown as an option when layer mask is the target.
  • Fixed: Increased timeout to avoid false initialization alerts when double-clicking extremely large files to open Photoshop. 


Note: Per changes in Adobe’s licensing policy, I’m updating Lumenzia’s official compatibility to CS6 or CC 2017+ (I am unaware of any issues with older versions of CC, but am no longer able to test with them to ensure compatibility).  


Lumenzia v8.0.0 (launched Oct 27, 2019)

Lumenzia v8 is used extensively in my new Dodging & Burning Master Course.

Lumenzia v8 is fully compatible with my Exposure Blending Master Course.None of workflows demonstrated in the course have changed, and the course now includes text and video (in section 1.6) to to highlight some ways you might take advantage of new v8+804 features in your exposure blending.

Fun fact: If you've been using Lumenzia since v1.0, you've now received 1,165 free new features, updates, and bug fixes in total.

Note for CS6 users: While v8 includes hundreds of enhancements for CS6, you will see that several new interface items which require CC (such as the sliders). This are unfortunately due to limitations of a >7-year old platform. Differences are primarily in appearance or workflow. Functional capabilities generally remain nearly the same.

  • New: Compact mode! Select this for an even smaller interface, roughly half the height of the default panel. This saves substantial screen space and simplifies the interface (by hiding 34 buttons), while still giving you nearly full functionality due to the capabilities of the sliders. [Photoshop CC only]
  • New: Edit “Dodge” visualizations. This lets you directly edit your dodge/burn layer while viewing it as a normal layer. This makes it easy to check for quality (dodging and burning in unwanted areas) and dodge/burn more consistently (as it is easier to see the degree of change in the layer itself, rather than the true blended result).
  • Updated: “Dodge” includes a new method to revise the paint color/brightness of your dodging at any time, and allows you to easily load the adjusted areas as a selection.
  • Updated: "Dodge" now includes an "extreme" blend mode for stronger adjustments. This allows you to easily add color to nearly white pixels, which is ideal for enhancing sunset skies or paintng sunlight.
  • Updated: Speed optimization for sliders! This substantially improves responsiveness and performance for many users and use cases.
  • Updated: Speed optimizations for previews.
  • New: Precision slider for BlendIf. This makes it dramatically easier to get the perfect BlendIf for any image. The sliders turn blue when they are set to adjust BlendIf. [Photoshop CC only]
  • New: Value slider for BlendIf. This makes it dramatically easier to get the perfect BlendIf for any image. The sliders turn blue when they are set to adjust BlendIf. [Photoshop CC only]
  • New: Intermediate BlendIf masks via sliders. This makes BlendIf significantly more targeted, so you can easily get the perfect BlendIf without having to customize the layer styles. [Photoshop CC only]
  • New: Convert BlendIf to a layer mask! Just <ctrl/cmd>-click “Mask” to convert the BlendIf on the active layer to a layer mask. This allows you to customize the targeting when BlendIf does not give you exactly what you want. This is also a great learning tool, or way to quickly evaluate the BlendIf on images where the overly is not clear (just use this new tool and then undo to temporarily visualize the BlendIf). If there is an existing layer mask, the BlendIf will be combined into it.
  • New: BlendIf masks can now go to 7 when adjusted via the Precision Slider. [Photoshop CC only]
  • New: Precision slider may now be used to adjust mask density. Just <alt/option>-click the slider to toggle between density and feather. The slider turns yellow when displaying and adjusting density values. [Photoshop CC]
  • New: Precision slider can now be used to adjust feathering on a Smart Filter Mask. The filter feathering will be displayed and adjusted when the Smart Filter Mask is selected and a vector mask is not. [Photoshop CC]
  • New: Clicking "X" to clear ✓Dust visualization will now clear an unused blank clone layer. This makes it simpler to set a permanent preference to create blank layers when using ✓Dust, without having to remove the blank layer if you end up not needing to make any corrections.
  • New: Value slider text input, to allow you to enter exact values. [Photoshop CC]
  • New: Saturation painting. This new option appears with the Sponge tool under "Dodge".
  • New: <cmd/ctrl>-click "Mask" to convert the active preview into a layer. This allows you to create black and white art directly from the preview, or can be used with blend modes for creative effects.
  • New: L0, M0, and D0 BlendIf masks. Offers a significantly greater range of control via sliders for making small adjustments. [Photoshop CC only]
  • New: Multi-channel BlendIf masks. This allows for more precise targeting (such as the ability to bias sky adjustments towards red/yellow parts of the sky, while avoiding changes to the blues).
  • New: Precision slider text input for Zone masks. [Photoshop CC]
  • New: Precision slider text input for Range masks. [Photoshop CC]
  • New: Precision slider text input for Sat/Vib masks. [Photoshop CC]
  • New: “Color” can now be used to target Filter Masks by color. If there is an existing filter mask, it will be be intersected with this result (group masks cannot be used for Filter Masks, so they must be combined).
  • New: <shift>-click PreBlend to create a new Smart Object via copy. This offers a faster workflow when multi-processing a RAW file.
  • New: Expand or Contract existing luminosity masks (by <ctrl/cmd> clicking on the “+” or “-“ buttons respectively). This allows you to easily make modest revisions to existing masks. [Photoshop CC only]
  • New “Edge” can create edge selections from an existing selection (such as Quick Selection or luminosity peview). This offers advanced capabilities to target halos (for example, create an L2 sky preview and then use “Edge" to select only the edges of the sky).
  • New: “Edge” can now create edge masks in addition to surface masks (previously known just as "edge protection”). This offers more capability than ever for selective noise reduction and sharpening. Try using surface masks to apply noise reduction in areas that need it most, and edge masks to selectively apply sharpening where it is needed.
  • New: “Edge” can now create both edge and surface selections. This offers more capability than ever for selective noise reduction and sharpening.
  • New: Welcome dialog for first-time Lumenzia users to highlight learning resources.
  • New: Markers on the Precision slider to help choose the right D/M/L mask more easily
  • New: Right-clicking buttons toggles tooltips off and on. When enabled, the current button’s tooltip will be immediately shown. [Photoshop CC only]
  • New: Menu preference option to choose if <alt/option>-clicking “Mask” will invert the orange preview layers too (selections/paths always inverted with this shortcut key on “Mask”, but the default behavior assumes that you only want to invert the selection/path).
  • Updated: Full-width value slider for greater control.
  • Updated: Luminosity-only (color neutral) gray or transparent dodge/burn layers! This allows you to dodge and burn with black and white paint, while avoiding color shifts. This is an alternative to using luminosity curves which offers several benefits, including: dodging and burning on the same layer, a more familiar workflow if you normally work with gray/transparent layers, and you can use a luminosity mask because you are painting on the layer pixels and not the layer mask.
  • Updated: “Sel” now allows you to preview saved selections before you load or combine them. This helps make it easier to reload when you have multiple saved selections, as well as to better understand how selections may interact.
  • Updated: “Sel” can now expand and feather selections. This makes it quick and easy to use a Quick Selection to define a specific portion of the luminosity preview to use, with very clean edges. For example, if your L2 sky preview includes some surrounding areas, add a Quick Select with 1-2 pixels expansion and 1 pixel feather to easily restrict the L2 to the sky.
  • Updated: “Color” can now be used to refine an active selection (any active selection will be combined with the new color selection).
  • Updated: Sliders only create a single history state. This helps keep your history states clean and simple to navigate. (Note that this feature is not available if you have turned on the non-linear preference in the history panel).
  • Updated: <shift>-clicking “Vignette” will automatically add a BlendIf (which you may then customize via slider).
  • Updated: You can now apply multi-channel BlendIfs for even more precision. (Note that if you apply a gray BlendIf, the color channels will be reset, so you can still easily toggle between gray and color-based BlendIf).
  • Updated: Double-click the precision slider to reset mask feather/density to defaults (0px or 100%).
  • Updated: Improved the quality of vibrance/saturation maps. They now exclude more deep shadows for smoother masks and a better representation of perceived vibrance/saturation.
  • Updated: Improved the quality of color luminosity masks to provide more intuitive targeting.
  • Updated: Improved the quality of precision slider adjustments for vibrance/saturation masks.
  • Updated: "Mask" now uses the mask feather property with Filter Mask when applying a path or selection, to give you more control and reduce file size.
  • Updated: Continuous full-screen previews when adjusting feather via precision slider. No more need to let go of the mouse button to see results as you tweak the feather.
  • Updated: Added dynamic tooltips for the sliders, so that you can easily reference context-specific help. [Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: “X” can now be used to clear BlendIf from multiple layers simultaneously. Just <ctrl/cmd> or <shift> click to select the layers and use “X”.
  • Updated: “PreBlend” updated to simplify the workflow when adding new layers to the existing document. This makes it easier to keep adding more exposures after the initial PreBlend.
  • Updated: PreBlend now warns and offers to expand the canvas if new source layers are larger than the target document. Helpful for situations such as sky replacements where you may be using PreBlend to add layers that aren’t necessarily all the same size.
  • Updated: “Split” may now be used when multiple documents are open.
  • Updated: Fast mode switching in the CC panel. Hold <alt/option>-while clicking the mode dropdown for the normal “Preview”, <ctrl/cmd> for "LIVE-S”, and <shift> for “If:Under”.
  • Updated: High Pass Sharpening now includes a new “minimize color fringing” option. This eliminates the unwanted color shifts that may occur at high contrast edges with high pass sharpening and is supported both with normal layers and Smart Objects.
  • Updated: When using Smart Objects for output with sharpening, BlendIf masks may now be used with High Pass (when the new “minimize color fringing” option is used). This offers a good solution to avoid shadow noise or losing highlight color while sharpening non-destructively.
  • Updated: High Pass Sharpening now offers an enhanced gray visualization to help select the desired radius.
  • Updated: Optimized targeting for color modes (the colored swatches at the top of the panel). This helps create greater targeting and separation.
  • Updated: <ctrl/cmd>-click "✓Sel” to use Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) to modify the orange preview layers when creating a selection. You can use this for much more nuanced luminosity selections (note that if you wish to do this for a luminosity mask, just select the mask and click the “RAW” button in the Basics panel). Click it again when done to load the preview as the active selection.
  • Updated: “✓Sel" can now convert orange preview layers to red visualization layers. This gives you more ability to quickly customize the selection before finally loading it. For example, you could then use the Camera RAW filter to further refine the targeting for the selection. Just click "✓Sel” again to finally load the revised selection.
  • Updated: Edge protection options moved from “Sharp” to “Edge”.
  • Updated: “Edge” now allows you to create edge masks/selections (this is the opposite of the existing edge protection masks, which have been renamed to “surface masks”). This allows you to specifically target edges for sharpening or other adjustments.
  • Updated: “Edge” can now create edge layers (black and white outline art). This is similar to using Diff(+/-) and <shift>-clicking Mask (or “Stamp” in the Basics panel) to convert the orange preview layers to a regular layer, but generally produces more interesting results when the goal is simply an artistic black and white outline. For a color outline, try changing the edge layer’s blend mode to “luminosity” or “multiply”.
  • Updated: “Edge” may now accept the orange preview layers as an input (the button is now colored orange to reflect this). This allows you to immediately start refining the edge of a luminosity preview without having to click “Sel” first. This makes it easy to quickly select halos of high-contrast edges for repair. For example, you may click L3 for a lights preview of the sky, tweak the levels if desired to refine the targeting, then click “Edge” to create a selection targeting halos at the edge of the sky.
  • Updated: “Edge” blurring is now interactive during creation (menu option has therefore been removed). This allows for a faster visual refinement of the blurring if needed.
  • Updated: Edge/surface masks now automatically attempts to ignore previous sharpening for better results. 
  • Updated: “Edge” manual option includes a new expand/contract option. This allows you to easily get perfect edge alignment. This makes it easy to target halos which need to be fixed! 
  • Updated: “Edge” now allows you to create edge protection selections. This allows you to create your own masks in a more custom manner by painting through a selection.
  • Updated: “Edge" radius for edge masks has been placed next to the manual option, as that is the only option where it is relevant.
  • Updated: “Edge" mask algorithm has been optimized for improved results.
  • Updated: When painting forward via “Edge” image is shown instead of the layer mask.
  • Updated: Added support for combinations (+-*) on filter masks.
  • Updated: “Sel” window position is remembered, to make it easier to review and load saved selections.
  • Updated: “Sel” can now load saved selections to a mask; as well as add, subtract, and intersect masks.
  • Updated: “Sel” popup dialog now has a “modify” option (this is the same as what is offered in the Basics panel).
  • Updated: Saved selections may be previewed full screen to make it easier to review via “Sel”. Hold <alt/option> while clicking on the list of channels in the pop up dialog [Note: several versions of Photoshop do not support this feature, including 2017 and 2018. For technical reasons, availability of this feature is hard to predict - it will either work or do nothing if not supported on your version of Photoshop.]
  • Updated: “Sel” uses previous marching ants visibility when combining.
  • Updated: Load any channel via “Sel”.
  • Updated: “Sel” can now be used to rename any alpha channel.
  • Updated: <shift>-clicking “Mask” may now be used to force the popup dialog of options if there is a visible path or selection. This allows you to permanently dismiss the feather/vector/group popup choices, but occasionally make different choices without having to reset popups in the panel.
  • Updated: <shift>-click to toggle “Dodge” popup. This allows you to more easily create a new dodge layer if the default behavior would immediately create a dodge/burn visualization; yet still allows you to otherwise skip the popup and immediately create a new dodge layer.
  • Updated: Changes to selection/path feathering/grouping choices are remembered, even if user does clicks <ESC>. This allows you to take advantage of <shift>-clicking either to change preferences that you may need altered for curves, levels, etc (other buttons which do not have a <shift> key available to force the dialog).
  • Updated: <shift>-click “Split” to consolidate all documents to tabs. This offers a simple way to get back to a full screen view when done using Split with multiple documents open.
  • Updated: <ctrl/cmd><shift>-click preview buttons for advanced BlendIf options. This enables color BlendIf support to CS6.
  • Updated: “Combine” preserves mask feather/density properties from the parent group when possible (ie, when either child has no mask or a disabled mask).
  • Updated: Feathering options have been restored when using a selection and orange preview layers to create advanced luminosity selections via "Sel".
  • Updated: Feather radius for “Sel” may now use fractional numbers such as a 0.5 radius.
  • Updated: “Sel” dialog closes after deleting the last saved selection.
  • Updated: Improved several situations where a group would become open if it were the top layer.
  • Updated: Improved panel performance when working with selections or the patch tool in Photoshop.
  • Updated: Faster and cleaner panel startup. [Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: PreBlend’s BlendIf window sticks in the location you used it last, so that you can more easily see your image as you interactively try different BlendIf options.
  • Updated: "Diff (+/-)" popup menu now shows and allows you to change "Not" status.
  • Updated: <ctrl/cmd>-click "Diff (+/-)” to skip popup dialog and compare neighboring pixels with default settings.
  • Updated: <shift>-click "Diff (+/-)” to skip popup dialog and compare first two selected layers with default settings.
  • Updated: “Sharp” now includes option to create an edge protection mask from the active selection.
  • Updated: “Sharp” midtone BlendIf optimized to avoid avoid clipping shadows/highlights.
  • Updated: Changing tonal targeting dropdown in “Sharp” selects the new layer option, as it cannot be applied to Smart Objects.
  • Updated: If multiple layers were selected previously, cancelling "Diff (+/-)” will leave them selected.
  • Updated: Continuous full-screen previews when adjusting Range previews via value or precision sliders.
  • Updated: Improved tooltip styling and performance. [Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: Optimized B&W conversion in the orange layers to treat color more similarly to the L channel in LAB. This results in reduced selection of highly saturated colors, particularly blue and magenta, with strong effects also seen in red and green. The changes in yellow and cyan are relatively minor.
  • Updated: Tooltips for buttons with abbreviated names now have a title for better clarity on Photoshop CC.
  • Updated: Tooltip options for sliders removed, as the updated slider tooltips no longer interfere with the sliders.
  • Updated: “Mask” can now be used to create simple white or black masks while ignoring an active selection. 
  • Updated: The popup dialog for selections/paths automatically switches to vector mask if the tolerance input is changed, to allow you to work more quickly.
  • Updated: “If” can now be set to remember how to handle unknown layers. This makes it easier to deal with BlendIfs you create on your own, and allows creative uses (such as another easy way to visualize where dodging and burning has been done on a transparent layer).
  • Updated: <shift>-clicking “If” to change the overlay color will now cause any visible overlay to immediately update.
  • Updated: Simplified tooltips for "Range" by removing references to functionality available via buttons/sliders.
  • Updated: Optimized inner vignette for better results (Improved shadow contrast/detail).
  • Updated: Layer name now adds an asterisk when sliders were used to tweak Zone masks or Zone BlendIf. This helps make it more clear that the Zone mask was customized via sliders. (Note that DML mask names are already explicit, and Range is always custom - so no asterisk is added for those types of masks/BlendIfs).
  • Updated: Removed first-time popup help messages for the sliders, as the new tooltips offer a better user experience.
  • Updated: “✓Sel” now offers to optimize gray working space as needed.
  • Updated: “✓Sel” will now combine any selections/paths with an active preview so that you may immediately view and adjust the output selection in a single step. 
  • Updated: LIVE-M leaves any active selections alone (ie, ignores them).
  • Updated: “Color” remembers last settings used, so that you can more quickly work with your favorite settings.
  • Updated: History name for “Color” lists any preset colors used.
  • Updated: “Color” is now shown in orange to reflect that it may be used with orange preview layers to mask/select luminosity and color at the same time.
  • Updated: <ctrl/cmd>-clicking “Color” runs immediately with the last settings used.
  • Updated: Tooltips for color modes to show that <cmd/ctrl> allows access to opposite color mode (new/legacy).
  • Updated: <ctrl/cmd>-click “Color” to immediately create a selection in interactive mode (ie, allow you to easily invoke Color Range). 
  • Updated: <shift>-click “Color” to immediately run with last settings.
  • Updated: Value slider for Diff Smart Object updated to provide both greater control and a larger range of comparison.
  • Updated: Increased value slider range for Zone previews, to allow greater customization from any given starting point.
  • Updated: Increased value slider range for Range previews, to allow greater customization from any given starting point.
  • Updated: If user <shift>-clicks “Group” with no active selection or path (a condition that causes no change), a warning message is created.
  • Updated: “Dodge” can now be used to visualize layers with BlendIf.
  • Updated: If the active dodge layer is completely transparent, clicking “Dodge” will generate a warning that visualization is not yet possible.
  • Updated: When using “Sel” and the active layer is a dodge/burn curve or Solid fill with layer mask, its layer mask is made active so that you can immediately start dodging and burning.
  • Updated: <cmd/ctrl>-click "X" to switch between the large and compact sizes, to provide allow easier switching if you wish to take advantage of.both configurations.
  • Updated: Clicking “X” no longer asks about deselecting an active path if it is clearing temporary layers. If you have both, just click “X” to clear everything.
  • Updated: When switching interface sizes in the CC panel, Lumenzia will attempt to restore the size previously used, to make it easier to switch sizes.
  • Updated: Zone BlendIf can be applied to multiple layers at the same time.
  • Updated: Range BlendIf can be applied to multiple layers at the same time.
  • Updated: BlendIf naming scheme updated to be more clear with multi-channel BlendIfs.
  • Updated: <ctrl/cmd>-<shift>clicking for advanced BlendIf options now allows you to create BlendIf: THIS via shortcut keys.
  • Updated: Midtone BlendIf masks optimized for improved results.
  • Updated: Visible paths now remain active when clicking on different preview buttons (L2, Diff+/-, etc).
  • Updated: Active selection remains active when clicking “Range” if the selection is not used to determine the range.
  • Updated: Option to ignore selection when there are no orange layers removed from “Sel” when there are no orange layers to simplify choices.
  • Updated: <alt/option>-click “Dust” for a gentler curve. This may be preferable for some cloning work.
  • Updated: Minor tweaks to dust curve for better performance in highlights and shadows.
  • Updated: “Dust” clone layer is placed right above current layer, making it easier to put this layer where you want it (instead of always going to the top).
  • Updated: M1 BlendIf has been optimized.
  • Updated: Panel mode (such as BlendIf) is not reset when changing interface size.
  • Updated: “Sharp” can now create Smart Objects from background layers and layers with “lock all” (Photoshop does not allow these to be converted to Smart Objects, so they will automatically be converted to use “lock image pixels” and "lock position” instead).
  • Updated: “Sharp” Smart Sharpen settings optimized for improved results (to further reduce risk of edge artifacts and to allow size-specific recommendations for radius).
  • Updated: When “Sharp” creates new layers, they are now automatically locked to prevent accidental painting on the pixels.
  • Updated: “If” may be used when multiple layers are selected. This makes it easier to apply common BlendIf settings to multiple layers at the same time. Only the top layer will get a preview, as this best represents a preview for multiple similar selected layers (otherwise transition areas would appear more selected because of the duplication). However, note that this is just an approximation. Adjustments in lower levels affect how the top BlendIf is applied - so common BlendIf settings will be result in different masked as as you progress up the layers. The most accurate way to assess BlendIf is one layer at a time (especially when making large changes in tonality).
  • Updated: Selection/path output popup dialog now disables mask choices when selecting “ignore” makes them irrelevant. Helps clarify options.
  • Updated: Choosing to ignore the active selection when creating “Dodge” transparent/gray layer no longer creates a white mask, as this is generally not useful.
  • Updated: “✓Sel" now warns the user if they are not using an optimal gray space.
  • Updated: When using “✓Sel” with multiple selected layers, they will remain selected (instead of just the first selected layer).
  • Updated: When using “✓L” with multiple selected layers, they will remain selected (instead of just the first selected layer).
  • Updated: <shift>-clicking “✓L” for hue visualization optimized to get a better sense of the underlying image and color.
  • Updated: When using “Map” with multiple selected layers, they will remain selected (instead of just the first selected layer).
  • Updated: "X" can now detect and offer to clear BlendIf not created by Lumenzia [Photoshop CC only]
  • Updated: Mask feather values no longer show decimals in the precision slider for radius of 10+, for simpler display.
  • Updated: "PreBlend" now allows you to choose whether to keep layer names or rename the layers from the document names when combining multiple documents.
  • Updated: PreBlend now leaves a single history state when creating a new document to keep things clean/simple.
  • Updated: Clicking a color mode button automatically creates an L1 preview if there is no existing preview. Allows you to easily make a simple color selection and to start previewing more quickly with the most common use of the color modes.
  • Updated: Reset popup notifications now allows you to choose whether to reset popups for info info, popups with choices, or both. This makes it simpler to change previous decisions, without having to dismiss other informational dialogs.
  • Updated: History state now makes it clear when BlendIf slider was used.
  • Updated: Font in the CC panel for Windows for improved appearance and consistency with the tutorials.
  • Updated: Simplified choices and messages when converting 32-bit documents to a Smart Object to use Lumenzia.
  • Updated: A warning message is generated when attempting to use BlendIf:under on the bottom layer, as this has no value.
  • Updated: Precision slider text input now clips at the minimum and maximum, so that you don't have to remember the limits.
  • Updated: You can now input intermediate values into the text box for all variations of the precision slider, to give you more precise control.
  • Updated: Improved script initialization for robustness.
  • Updated: When using Smart Object sharpening on an existing Smart Object, user is notified if nesting occurs (ie Smart Object in a Smart Object).
  • Updated: "Mask" now warns the user when trying to change a locked layer in all cases, to be more consistent and avoid unwanted changes.
  • Updated: Marching ants state is remembered when manually setting Before state, so that it is restored in the same state.
  • Updated: “Sel” dialog for loading saved selections defaults to preselecting first option to allow for a potentially faster workflow.
  • Updated: Optimized zone masks for better results with sliders.
  • Updated: “Not” cleared after applying previews (such as by clicking “Mask” or the curves button) so that the next preview does not default to “Not”.
  • Updated: “Not” is cleared when clicking preview button to apply BlendIf. Ensures that next use of BlendIf defaults to normal behavior (instead of “Not”).
  • Updated: Panel menu updated for better organization and clarify.
  • Updated: Tooltips now pop up slightly faster.
  • Updated: Orange layer names updated to make their use for customization a little more clear.
  • Updated: Zone Pickers for BlendIf:this can be used on a hidden layer.
  • Updated: "Range" for BlendIf:this can be used on a hidden layer.
  • Updated: "Convert layer(s) to PSB" grays out the selected layer option if the active layer is an adjustment layer, as this does not provide useful results or file size savings.
  • Updated: Minor optimization of Smart Sharpening method for improved results.
  • Updated: <shift>-click “Contrast” to force the popup dialog for conversion to BlendIf to show even if it was permanently dismissed.
  • Updated: Disabled text selection/cursor over text items for improved aesthetics.
  • Updated: BlendIf definitions for shadow/midtone/highlight (such as for “Dodge” and “Sharp”) now use D, M, and L BlendIf so that you can easily use the slider to easily customize the result.
  • Updated: When visualizing a dodge layer, the active selection is now kept to make it easier to keep working.
  • Updated: Clicking <ESC> to dismiss the Dodge visualization popup exits, rather than continuing on to show the Dodge/Burn options.
  • Updated: New Dodge/Burn layers are now added right above the active layer.
  • Updated: “Dodge” visualization choice is merged into the main dodge popup dialog for a simpler interface.
  • Updated: <shift>-click “Dodge” skips the popup dialog. This will immediately visualize if available (when button is yellow in CC panel), otherwise create new dodge layer with last settings. 
  • Updated: “Dodge” button now shows in yellow when visualization is available to be more easily noticed.
  • Updated: Added support to optimize results when using the Image P3 RGB colorspace.
  • Updated: Improved “Dodge” so that it won’t ask about visualization if no layers are selected [Photoshop CC].
  • Updated: “Dodge” visualization indication does not show if multiple layers selected, as this is not a valid option. [Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: JSXBIN installer now warns the user if "Load Extension Panels" is not checked in Photoshop preferences.
  • Updated: Keyboard shortcut for vivid highness inside “Sharp” updated to match shortcut used when skipping the dialog by <shift>-clicking the button in the panel.
  • Updated: Reversed yes/no buttons in dodge visualization to conform better to typical layout.
  • Updated: “Not” text glows green to show that it was used for the last selection when clicking “Sel".
  • Fixed: Several issues related to legacy versions of CS6.
  • Fixed: “Not” feature stays active after clicking “Sel”.
  • Fixed: Unable to use “vivid” blend mode from “Sharp” popup dialog.
  • Fixed: Slider fails to update mask feathering.
  • Fixed: ✓Dust fails to create blank layer or activate healing brush when requested permanently.
  • Fixed: Resolved an issue where reloading selection via “✓Sel” may make the active layer invisible.
  • Fixed: Appropriate button does not light green when clicking "Sel" to load modified via DML slider.
  • Fixed: Added code to address an issue where custom Photoshop toolbar settings may cause issues.
  • Fixed: An issue where Lumenzia would fail to load and create an error message under rare conditions.
  • Fixed: Layer mask deselect on panel startup.
  • Fixed: “Color” creates layer mask when requesting selection while there is an active selection.
  • Fixed: <ctrl/cmd>-clicking the “Selection” option in “Color” now changes marching ants as expected.
  • Fixed: When “Color” needs to name a new group, it failed to show “Not” for inverted masks.
  • Fixed: “Color” will use any active selection/path to help refine layer masks. 
  • Fixed: BlendIf fails to update/clear as expected on groups with some versions of Photoshop.
  • Fixed: BlendIf names not properly updated under certain conditions.
  • Fixed: Cancelling "Range" BlendIf picker may change layer visibility.
  • Fixed: BlendIf naming improperly updated under certain conditions.
  • Fixed: Precision slider fails to reset to zero when clicking Zone buttons to create default zone previews.
  • Fixed: Some issues related to situations in which multiple layers were selected.
  • Fixed: “Not” wasn't deselected as expected after clicking any solid orange button to apply preview layers (such as creating a new curve).
  • Fixed: Cancelling “Sel” would still convert a path to a selection.
  • Fixed: Cancelling “Mask” would deselect a visible path.
  • Fixed: Using “Mask” on a layer with an unlinked mask caused the mask to become linked.
  • Fixed: Error visualizing a dodge layer with BlendIf.
  • Fixed: “✓Sel” converts visible path to a vector mask.
  • Fixed: “Map” discards visible path.
  • Fixed: “Dodge” does not show expected red outline if skipped last time and user did not permanently dismiss.
  • Fixed: Tooltips for Dodge’s tone/mode could prevent use of the dropdown. Moved the tooltip to the adjacent text instead.
  • Fixed: “Dodge” visualization does not remain available after renaming the layer.
  • Fixed: New 50% gray dodge layer goes into active layer if it is a group.
  • Fixed: Several scenarios where escaping out of selection feathering dialog left a partial result.
  • Fixed: Value slider tooltip may not be turned off as requested.
  • Fixed: Error message that could occur when switching to LAB mode with orange previews on screen.
  • Fixed: <ctrl/cmd>-clicking "Mask" to rasterize fails to apply the mask density.
  • Fixed: An unnecessary popup when using PreBlend after permanently dismissing options.
  • Fixed: An issue using "PreBlend" to add new layers to an existing stack.
  • Fixed: When using “PreBlend” to add to existing stack, layers are renamed in the existing stack.
  • Fixed: PreBlend rename option does not produce expected results.
  • Fixed: “PreBlend” offered to blend documents under some invalid conditions.
  • Fixed: “PreBlend” fails to preserve metadata when using “Blend Documents” method and choosing “new document” as the output.
  • Fixed: Multiple layer selection may change to single layer selection under certain conditions.
  • Fixed: An error when using <shift>-Sat/Vib to create an HSL adjustment layer.
  • Fixed: <ctrl/cmd>-clicking “Vib/Sat” did not use the alternate method.
  • Fixed: <shift>-clicking Sat/Vib for HSL layer ignores other shortcut keys, including <ctrl/cmd> request for legacy color model.
  • Fixed: CC 2014-2017 now default to legacy color and vibrance model, due to incompatibilities.
  • Fixed: Cancelling Zone Picker BlendIf hides active layer.
  • Fixed: Escaping sharpening update while revising radius leaves sharpening layer invisible.
  • Fixed: An error when trying to use “Sharp” Smart Objects on just the background in CS6.
  • Fixed: Typing amount into slider input does not work as expected for feathering.
  • Fixed: Using sliders with zone previews removes path.
  • Fixed: Buttons not disabled when last saved selection deleted.
  • Fixed: Mask may not created as expected on a Solid Color adjustment layer.
  • Fixed: Zone Picker for BlendIf:this may be inaccurate for a layer inside a group.
  • Fixed: Range Picker for BlendIf:this may be inaccurate for a layer with an existing BlendIf mask.
  • Fixed: LIVE-M reflects current layer status (should create a mask based on content below the selected layer, similar to BlendIf:under).
  • Fixed: Cancelling "Range" BlendIf hides active layer.
  • Fixed: Precision slider ignored under certain conditions.
  • Fixed: An issue restoring previous conditions as expected when clicking <ESC> to cancel PreBlend during the final close/save dialog.
  • Fixed: Could not permanently dismiss the Quick save question about keeping/discarding the active selection.
  • Fixed: Various “Contrast” bugs.
  • Fixed: Error message when using Smart Object sharpening on a single layer in legacy CS6 (older than13.0.6 on macOS or 13.0.1.3 on Windows).
  • Fixed: Typing in precision slider values failed to update D/M/L previews.
  • Fixed: Typing in value slider values failed to update Range preview.
  • Fixed: Typed value slider could not reach maximum value.
  • Fixed: Typed value slider values failed to properly update Diff(+/-).
  • Fixed: Precision slider not enabled after using color picker.
  • Fixed: "Sponge" (under Dodge tool) has been reverted to the legacy sponge tool on CC 2017 and older, as it is not supported. The new sponge tool is supported on CC 2018+.
  • Fixed: "Not" ignored when creating BlendIf masks.
  • Fixed: “Group” not remembered as last choice when applying both selection and orange previews on adjustment layers (such as curves).
  • Fixed: When using slider to feather layer mask, any vector mask will become selected and make additional change via slider more difficult.
  • Fixed: <shift>-click “Dodge” fails to use luminosity curves if they were the last option used.
  • Fixed: “Dodge” visualization breaks clipping group.
  • Fixed: Hidden marching ants become visible when using Dodge and selecting to “ignore” the selection.
  • Fixed: Dodge/Burn visualization preferences not reset as expected.
  • Fixed: Rasterizing a disabled mask produces incorrect results.
  • Fixed: “Dodge” visualization creates unwanted layers if multiple layers are selected.
  • Fixed: “Dodge” uses group mask when not necessary.
  • Fixed: Escaping out of Filter/Layer mask choice when using “Mask” on a Smart Object did not immediately quit.
  • Fixed: Dodge/Burn outline does not indicate ability to use visualization after clicking Dodge/Burn.
  • Fixed: Path + Selection not converted to layer mask as expected when using “Dodge” with luminosity curves.
  • Fixed: “Sharp” removes top layer if it is empty.
  • Fixed: “✓L” removes top layer if it is empty.
  • Fixed: Error message when using "✓Sel” after adjusting selection.
  • Fixed: Error optimizing gray working space with certain gammas.
  • Fixed: An issue where color space could not be optimized.
  • Fixed: Escaping color space optimization dialog may still trigger an update.
  • Fixed: “Contrast” did not use paths as expected.
  • Fixed: When choosing BlendIf for “Contrast” and there is both a lasso selection and orange previews, two masks are created.
  • Fixed: “Contrast” offers to create BlendIf (not possible) when using color preview.
  • Fixed: “Contrast” layer name was incorrect when converting to BlendIf.
  • Fixed: Hidden active layer may become visible when using Range picker.
  • Fixed: Pen tool may change when creating vector masks.
  • Fixed: Some issues with BlendIf on groups.
  • Fixed: Error when using “Sharp” to update an existing sharpening layer inside a group.
  • Fixed: Combination (+-*) masks may produce incorrect results on invisible layers.
  • Fixed: Need to click “Not” twice when first viewing an inverted preview.
  • Fixed: Some issues with stuck tooltips.
  • Fixed: <ctrl/cmd>-clicking “Vib/Sat” did not use the alternate method.
  • Fixed: Edge protection via selection failed on a group.
  • Fixed: Improved robustness of event handling.
  • Fixed: “Combine” now warns and guides the user when attempting to use the feature in an unsupported way.
  • Fixed: Utilities / Optimize for missing profiles may not work as expected.
  • Fixed: Vector mask selected when feathering via slider.
  • Fixed: Extraneous error messages when attempting to use advanced masking options in LAB.
  • Fixed: An issue where the vector mask option was not available when using “Mask” with a path.
  • Fixed: Selecting feather value of 0 still results in feathered mask.
  • Fixed: Deleting feather value creates invalid result.
  • Fixed: Visible path not converted to vector mask via “Mask”.
  • Fixed: <ctrl/cmd>-clicking “Sel” does not use opposite of marching ants preference.
  • Fixed: An issue that prevented "Before" from running under certain conditions.
  • Fixed: <shift>-clicking "X" unnecessarily asks for confirmation to clear BlendIf.
  • Fixed: Error message when using Traditional (ctrl/cmd-click) Zone masks with "Not".
  • Fixed: Clicking a color mode while viewing Traditional preview creates an error.


Lumenzia Basics v8.0.0 includes:

  • New: "SmartObj" now includes the ability to create an independent Smart Object. To skip the dialog menu, hold <shift> while clicking "SmartObj".
  • New: “Fill” can now be used for Content-Aware Fill with Smart Objects.
  • New: “Fill” can now create black and white fill when the active layer is a Smart Object.
  • New: Right-clicking buttons toggles tooltips off and on. When enabled, the current button’s tooltip will be immediately shown. [Photoshop CC only]
  • New: Button reference document for the Basics panel to summarize modifier keys.
  • Updated: “Fill” uses the new content aware fill for Photoshop CC 2019+.
  • Updated: “Fill" may be used to fill in any transparent gaps in the image. This is helpful when trying to complete a panorama with some gaps at the edges. To use this functionality, click “Fill” with no active selection. A new layer will be created which fills any gaps in the layered image (the use of a separate layer allows you to easily target just missing pixels in a blended image, review and modify the fill, fill gaps when working with Smart Objects). Content-aware fill is always used with this approach.
  • Updated: “Fill” offers the option to sample from all layers for Content-Aware Fill. This makes it easy to correct an area that is built from several layers, such as with exposure blending.
  • Updated: CS6 panel top-row buttons removed to match CC panel (including: undo, redo, zoom in/out/fit).
  • Updated: Buttons intended for painting/dodging a layer mask are disabled when no layer mask is selected.
  • Updated: Buttons which require a selection are disabled when unavailable. [Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: Buttons which require a layer/vector mask are disabled when unavailable. [Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: Optimizations for improved startup in the CC panel.
  • Updated: Minor revisions to CC panel height for improved appearance.
  • Updated: “Verticals” can now be used on a hidden layer (and will remain hidden when done transforming).
  • Updated: Improved tooltip styling on Photoshop CC.
  • Updated: “SmartObj” can now create Smart Objects from background layers and layers with “lock all” (Photoshop does not allow these to be converted to Smart Objects, so they will automatically be converted to use “lock image pixels” and "lock position” instead).
  • Updated: When creating an independent Smart Object, the new layer name now says “independent” to make the result more clear.
  • Updated: Tooltips for buttons with abbreviated names now have a title for better clarity on Photoshop CC.
  • Updated: Font in the CC panel for Windows for improved appearance and consistency with the tutorials.
  • Updated: <ctrl/cmd>-clicking “Fill” will immediately use Content-Aware Fill.
  • Updated: If Content-Aware Fill is cancelled, selection will remain in place.
  • Updated: When clicking on "Fill", hold <alt/option> for immediate black/white masks.
  • Updated: "Show Mask" can now be used to visualize BlendIfs created without Lumenzia.
  • Updated: “RAW” may now be used on a layer mask as well. This gives you more creative options to manipulate your luminosity masks.
  • Updated: --- and +++ only update exposure value when excessively high. Gives you more flexibility to set the exposure you desire, but helps new users start with an ideal value.
  • Updated: Black/Gray/White paint swatches can now be used when working directly on a channel.
  • Updated: If layer mask is full screen when using “Invert”, it will now stay full screen.
  • Updated: Panel resized to match Lumenzia (in its large or new "compact" size, the small size would be too tight to offer tooltips)
  • Updated: JSXBIN installer now warns the user if "Load Extension Panels" is not checked in Photoshop preferences.
  • Updated: "Isolate current layer” leaves current layer active, to make it easier to quickly view the layer and keep working.
  • Updated: Clipping mask issues warning if user attempts to clip the bottom layer (not a valid option).
  • Updated: When using “RAW” on a Smart Object, user is notified of any nesting of Smart Objects.
  • Fixed: "Isolate current layer" breaks clipping group.
  • Fixed: <alt/option>-clicking “Show Mask” does not use overlay if layer mask is not selected.
  • Fixed: “Show mask” continues to show overlay when not holding <alt/option>.
  • Fixed: Error message when cancelling “RAW”.
  • Fixed: Error “RAW” on multiple layers and one was not a pixel layer or Smart Object.
  • Fixed: De/Re-select is not available to reselect.
  • Fixed: Corrected history name for “Fill"
  • Fixed: <ctrl/cmd>-clicking "SmartObj" on an adjustment layer now offers the option to convert the document to PSB, instead of generating an error message.
  • Fixed: Error when trying to duplicate SmartObj with no selected layer.
  • Fixed: Tooltip preferences cannot be updated.
  • Fixed: Incorrect error message when using extract via “SmartObj”.
  • Fixed: “Show Mask” not available on BlendIf layer.
  • Fixed: “Show Mask” does not show a Smart Object Filter mask when it is selected or there is no layer mask.
  • Fixed: “X” cannot enabled/disable Smart Object Filter Masks.
  • Fixed: Clipping mask button does not work as expected.
  • Fixed: Layer mask deselect on panel startup.


Note: Per changes in Adobe’s licensing policy, I’m updating Lumenzia’s official compatibility to CS6 or CC 2017+ (I am unaware of any issues with older versions of CC, but am no longer able to test with them to ensure compatibility).  


Lumenzia v7.0.0 (released February 6, 2019)

Note that Lumenzia v7 is fully compatible with my Exposure Blending Master Course. None of workflows demonstrated with v6 have changed, and the course now includes text and video (in section 1.5) to to highlight some ways you might take advantage of new v7 features in your exposure blending.

Fun fact: If you've been using Lumenzia since v1.0, you've now received 804 free new features, updates, and bug fixes in total.

Note for CS6 users: While v7 includes >100 enhancements for CS6, you will see that several new interface items which require CC (such as the sliders). This are unfortunately due to limitations of the nearly 7-year old CS6 platform. Differences are primarily in appearance or workflow. Functional capabilities generally remain nearly the same (the new color model is only available for CC however).

  • New: Dynamic interface. Just click "Not" or any of the colored swatches at the top of the panel and immediately see an updated preview. [Requires Photoshop CC]
  • New: Precision Slider to adjust mask strength. This lets you quickly evaluate different masks. Use the slider to to make more targeted or more general masks when working with any of the previews in Lumenzia. [Requires Photoshop CC]
  • New: The Precision slider can also be used to quickly and easily customize the amount of feathering applied to a layer or vector mask. If a layer has both types of mask, the slider will show and adjust the feathering on the vector mask. No need to double-click the mask or open the Properties panel. This slider is available anytime the selected layer has a mask and there are no orange preview layers visible. [Requires Photoshop CC]
  • New: Value Slider. Allows you to quickly tweak the primary tones targeted by any Zone or Range mask. Slide left to customize for darker tones, right for lighter tones. [Requires Photoshop CC]
  • New: The Value Slider can also be used to quickly and easily try different radius values for the Diff(+/-) masks when using the Smart Object method.
  • New: Intermediate masks, such as L1.5. This helps you get the perfect mask more quickly, and should eliminate the need to customize the orange levels layers for most exposure blending. Just drag the new Precision Slider, or type the desired value right under the slider. [Requires Photoshop CC]
  • New: D7, M7, and L7 masks for even more restrictive masks. Just drag down the new Precision Slider or type in the desired value. [Requires Photoshop CC]
  • New: Fast previews! This dramatically speeds up the creation of the temporary orange and red layers under common conditions (up to 4-8X faster on typical files, or up to 20X on extremely large files).
  • New: The non-destructive sponge has been completely resigned for speed, simplicity, and better results. As before, click "Dodge" to access the Sponge options. [Requires Photoshop CC]
  • New: The last preview button lights up in green when using "Sel" to turn orange preview layers into a selection. This makes it easy to remember which luminosity selection is currently active. The closest match is used to indicate the selection (intermediate options like L1.5 are rounded and zone pickers light up the nearest matching zone). [Requires Photoshop CC]
  • New: In LIVE-S, the last button lights up in green to help remember which selection is active. [Requires Photoshop CC]
  • New: “Before” let’s you easily compare the current and previous state of the image. You may set the previous state for comparison or use if you do not want to use the original state the document was opened in. Hold <cmd/ctrl> to manually set the Before comparison, or <alt/option> to clear it (“Before” will use the oldest state of the document of you do not specify a reference). Click “Before” repeatedly to toggle between the current and previous state (if you're using Photoshop CC, “Back” will turn red while viewing the old version).  
  • New: “Before” also lets you easily paint back to a previous state of the document, which is particularly helpful for adding white to a layer mask non-destructively (as Group masks only let you non-destructively remove from a layer mask). Hold <shift> while clicking on “Back” to use this functionality (the Back button will turn blue while painting back).
  • New: BlendIf color masks. Just click on the corresponding color swatch while in BlendIf mode. This gives you more control than ever to target the image with BlendIf, and is a great way to help target the sky when enhancing sunset color. Note that selecting secondary colors uses two channels (ie, cyan will use simultaneous green and blue BlendIf) [Requires Photoshop CC]
  • New: <ctrl/cmd>-click "Mask" to convert a layer mask to a vector mask. This gives you more options to reduce file size. [Note that vector masks cannot be made identical to complex layer masks.]
  • New: Revise an active selection with a luminosity selection. With an active selection, click ✓Sel and a preview button such as L3 (in either order) and then the Sel button. This will give you a selection visualization and an L3 luminosity selection, at which point you can paint black or white through the selection onto the visualization and then click ✓Sel when done. [Note that if you wish to revise a selection with another selection, just use ✓Sel on the first selection and then create a new selection to paint through on the ✓Sel visualization - be sure to temporarily hide the ✓Sel visualization as needed to create the 2nd selection].
  • New: Load any gray or transparent dodge/burn layer as a selection by <ctrl/cmd>-clicking "Dodge". This will load the combined transparency and mask of the layer. This allows you to target areas adjusted by dodging and burning, such as to further control contrast in the adjusted areas.
  • New: Diff(+/-) can now also be used to compare the brightness of any two layers. This can be used to help target areas that have changed from one exposure to another, such as changes in lighting or moving objects.
  • New: Color masking model provides much faster color mask previews and better discrimination between dark colors and black. This is now the default behavior when using the color swatches at the top of the panel. Hold <cmd/ctrl> while creating color masks if you wish to use the alternate color model, or use the panel's menu preference to revert to the legacy model as default. [Requires Photoshop CC]
  • New: Quick-load saved selections by <shift>-clicking on "Sel" when it is red (when there is a saved selection and no active selection). This loads the last saved selection. If the last saved selection was a Quick Selection, the saved selection will be deleted after it is made active (but selections saved normally with a user-specified name will not be automatically deleted). This allows you to quickly save and reload selections with minimal effort, which avoids the limitations of Photoshop's re-select tool (which is often not available, such as after you create any new adjustment layer).
  • New: "Mask" now records the name of the luminosity mask on any layer. This gives you more clear information on how Lumenzia was used with layers created outside of Lumenzia. For example, you can now see which orange preview layers were applied as a mask onto a layer created by Nik Color Efex.
  • New: Highlight blown shadows/highlights by <alt/option>-clicking "Map".
  • New: Menu preference to choose default model for color mask previews. Allows you to use the legacy version by default if preferred.
  • Updated: The legacy color masks are also available by holding <ctrl/cmd> when a color swatch is selected and clicking on a masking button such as L2.
  • New: When creating a new layer mask with a selection or path which may be feathered, you may enter a custom feather radius to get the exact results you want (without having to then tweak the feather on a group mask).
  • New: LIVE-M color masks. Just use the color swatches at the top of the panel. [Requires Photoshop CC]
  • New: LIVE-S color selections. Just use the color swatches at the top of the panel. [Requires Photoshop CC]
  • New: "Sel" now allows you to use a custom amount of feathering when combining an active selection with the orange previews to create a new selection. This is a great way to target a luminosity selection to a specific part of the image (via Quick Select or lasso selection) with a feathered edge for more natural result. 
  • New: "✓Dust" now offers the ability to use the spot healing brush, so that you don't need to set the clone source in order to work more quickly. (CS6 users should manually select the option to "sample all layers".)
  • New: Adjust luminosity by color. Just <shift>-click the Selective Color button for a B&W layer in luminosity blend mode. Then adjust the sliders in the new layer to increase or decrease the luminosity of the various colors.
  • New: The advanced masking menu (<cmd/ctrl>-clicking any preview button) now allows you to determine on the fly whether the optional dodge/paint layers are created. This allows you to create them one-off as needed instead of setting a permanent setting in the menu.
  • New: Hold <alt/option> to invert saved selections while loading or combining via the "Sel" dialog. This allows you to easily target the foreground instead of sky, etc.
  • New: "Sel" now has an option to intersect ("X") saved selections. This allows you to use the area common to two selections. For example, intersect a Quick Select of the Sky with a saved L2 selection to target highlights in the sky only.
  • New: "Sel" can now copy the active selection to another document. You may use this, for example, to open a high-contrast version of an image to create a mask and then transfer it to the working image.
  • New: Added support for "deconvolution" sharpening in LAB color mode.
  • New: Adding warning encouraging PS 2018 users to upgrade to the latest version of CC in order to address a bug which slows down creation of the orange preview layers.
  • New: Click "X" to clear any "IF" visualization
  • Updated: “Not” button now automatically lights up green if you use the <alt/option> modifier key to create an inverted preview. [Requires Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: The <alt/option> key only inverts paths/selections when loading orange preview layers (Mask, vignette, etc). This allows the user to just invert the selection, and previews can still be inverted via shortcut key when they are created or via the "Not" button.
  • Updated: When “X” asks about clearing BlendIf, it now defaults to “yes” so that you can quickly just click the <enter> key to remove any BlendIf mask.
  • Updated: When using <shift>-Sel to do a Quick Save, the user is now given a choice to keep or overwrite any pre-existing Quick Save.
  • Updated: When reloading a Quick Selection by <shift>-clicking "Sel", you now have the option to delete the Quick Save channel or keep it.
  • Updated: Added dismissable notice when using Quick Save (<shift>-Sel).
  • Updated: Quick Save (<shift>-Sel) now offers the user a popup dialog to deselect or leave the active selection when using Quick Save. Lets you set the workflow that works best for you. Recommended that you use the checkboxes to set a preference, so that you are not prompted repeatedly. 
  • Updated: "Edge" now asks if you want to "paint forward" (to refine specific edges instead of a single global adjustment) after using refine edge. This allows you to evaluate the refined edge before determining if you need to paint forward. [Requires Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: "Edge" now supports the ability to use both the non-destructive decontaminate layer and to "paint forward". [Requires Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: Panel tip color dynamically updates to be more readable when Photoshop is set to light color themes.
  • Updated: Temporarily use the alternate Vib/Sat mask (legacy vs new) by holding <cmd/ctrl> while clicking Vib/Sat. Allows you to more easily experiment with both methods without having to change the menu preference.
  • Updated: Keyboard shortcut to create HSL layer with Vib/Sat has been updated to use <shift>
  • Updated: Clicking "Color" while the orange preview layers are visible will cause them to be applied as a layer mask if you choose a mask output (or discarded if you choose a selection). This allows you to create more quickly create masks which combine both luminosity and color.
  • Updated: <alt/option>-click "PreBlend" to toggle difference blend mode. This is helpful for manual alignment of layers. Alignment is optimal when the difference view looks black (ie, minimal or no edges).
  • Updated: <cmd/ctrl>-click "PreBlend" to skip the dialog and start blending with the most common options (sort dark on top and add black masks).
  • Updated: PreBlend now defaults to use ZIP/ZIP compression when saving.
  • Updated: DM and LM curves optimized.
  • Updated: "Mask" LIVE-M update layer names to reflect combinations (+-*).
  • Updated: Notice when reloading a quick saved selection (<shift>-Sel) can now be permanently dismissed.
  • Updated: History name for Quick Save (<shift>-Sel) clarified.
  • Updated: "Dodge" now shows a subtle red edge when clicking it can/will show a visualization of the selected dodge layer (does not change color if user has dismissed this option and set the preferences to remember that choice).
  • Updated: Various code optimizations for speed.
  • Updated: Approved the appearance of some multi-line popup notifications.
  • Updated: LIVE-S now warns the user if the chosen target does not select anything.
  • Updated: When using "Sel" to load a selection, marching ants will be hidden if you have selected that option in Lumenzia's menu/preferences.
  • Updated: Popup notice describing how to use the "Range Picker" can now be permanently dismissed.
  • Updated: When adding or subtracting selections via "Sel", the dialog is closed immediately, as multiple combinations are unlikely and this allows the user to work more quickly.
  • Updated: Clarified Installer error message for Windows CS6 users.
  • Updated: When modifying masks (with +-*), the mask will stay full screen if it was full screen to begin. This makes it quick and easy to confirm the result.
  • Updated: The levels adjustment in the orange preview layers is reset to default values whenever you click on another preset, to allow you to work more quickly (and as the customizations are no longer valid).
  • Updated: Improved responsiveness of the panel under certain conditions.
  • Updated: Improved interface to help convert non-RGB/LAB documents to RGB
  • Updated: Recommend and offer to convert to 16-bits if the working document is 8-bit in order to provide better quality (helpful when working with stock or other lower quality images to prevent further loss of quality).
  • Updated: A confirmation message is now displayed when 32-bit documents are converted to 16-bits (at user request)
  • Updated: Now warns the user if they try to apply a LIVE-M mask to one of the temporary red layers. [Requires Photoshop CC]
  • Updated: Simplified the "PreBlend" interface. Its dialog now has separate tabs for blending multiple or single sources. This makes it more clear that these are separate choices, and helps to promote the recommended best when available.
  • Updated: Lumenzia's "X" button can now be used to clear the temporary red layer created by the Basics panel when using the "isolate" (eyeball icon) button.
  • Updated: When choosing output document which has multiple layers, a note will appear under the blend button to help inform the user that this will add layers to the existing stack.
  • Updated: ✓L now keeps the active layer the same, so that you can more easily continue working.
  • Updated: Popup notice to pick two values when <ctrl/cmd>-clicking "✓L" can now be permanently dismissed.
  • Updated: Warns user when trying to apply a potentially inverted path as a mask.
  • Updated: Vector mask no longer remembered as a default (unless the option to remember it permanently is selected). This should simplify things for most users, as vector masks are likely used occasionally for things like vignettes, rather than being used over and over. It also helps avoid accidentally using vector masks when there is an active luminosity selection.
  • Updated: <alt/option>-clicking adjustment layers creates a black mask on the new layer if there is no active selection, path, or orange previews.
  • Updated: Popup notice to pick two values when clicking "Contrast" (with no active selection or orange previews) can now be permanently dismissed.
  • Fixed: Clarified warning message when selecting similar tons for "Contrast"
  • Updated: Keyboard shortcut to use last "Dodge" settings is now the <shift> key (due to use of <ctrl/cmd> to load transparency as selection).
  • Updated: The non-destructive sponge tool (under "Dodge") is now faster.
  • Updated: Non-destructive sponge's black mask is disabled (red X on mask) so you can easily see the potential effect. Just click (or <shift>-click) on the mask to use it normally and paint in the effect where you need it.
  • Updated: Pickers (zone, range, map) now work significantly faster when working with complex images.
  • Updated: Pickers now change color in BlendIf modes to be more clear that they are available.
  • Fixed: "If" fails with BlendIf:this on lower layers
  • Updated: When trying to use the help or "?" while offline, a message is created to remind the user to consult the written manual.
  • Updated: PreBlend offers to close source documents when combining into an existing document. Helps speed up the process of working with Smart Objects as sources, or when adding layers to an existing document.
  • Updated: Convert to PSB now gives you the option to open the folder where the PSB was exported.
  • Updated: Improved "Split" to better fit images on screen.
  • Updated: <shift>-click "If" to set a custom overlay color.
  • Updated: Smart Sharpen now uses luminosity blend mode to avoid risk of color artifacts.
  • Updated: Deconvolution Sharpening now uses luminosity blend mode to avoid risk of color artifacts.
  • Updated: Panel preferences for tooltips now allow the user to disable tooltips on sliders.
  • Updated: <alt/option>-clicking "Color" defaults to check "invert"
  • Updated: History state for "X" now references "X" to make it more clear.
  • Updated: ✓Sel no longer generates a <50% warning message, as this is unnecessary and generally not preferred.
  • Updated: "✓Sel" now asks what you would like to do with an existing active selection while reloading red layers (discard, add, subtract, or intersect). Gives you more ability to refine selections.
  • Updated: "✓Sel" now includes modifier keys to allow you to add, subtract, or modify selections that are active at the time you reload the red layers as a selection. Allows you to easily change any behavior you have previously set as a default.
  • Updated: "Sel" no longer reloads red selections, only ✓Sel. Makes it more intuitive as the orange Sel button only interacts with orange preview layers and the red ✓Sel button only interacts with red preview layers.
  • Fixed: ✓Sel causes previously hidden ants to become visible when reloaded.
  • Fixed: ✓Sel fails to reload a selection and instead clear orange preview layers when it should be reloading a selection (ie, red layers and orange layers at the same time due to revising a selection while orange preview is active).
  • Fixed: "✓Sel" may show or hide ants as expected when switching documents.
  • Updated: When using combine modes (+, -, and *), irrelevant apply and refine buttons are grayed out to help guide the user. [Photoshop CC only]
  • Updated: Removed unused right-click menu
  • Updated: ✓If warns you when attempting to use this visualization on a layer that does not have any BlendIf
  • Updated: Popup message from ✓If is now more clear.
  • Updated: Utilities menu now includes an option to email system information to support to aid in bug reporting when needed. [Photoshop CC only]
  • Updated: Utilities/Optimize now checks for and recommends full size brush with crosshairs. This cursor setting is most useful to see exactly where the bush is affecting the mask.
  • Updated: Notification for gradients (<shift>-Levels) can now be dismissed permanently.
  • Updated: "?" made more visually prominent when in use.
  • Updated: Color mask buttons are disabled in LAB, as they are not available.
  • Updated: JSXBIN installer now only shows a single confirmation when both Lumenzia and the Basics panel are successfully installed.
  • Updated: Installation instructions updated for brevity and clarity.
  • Fixed: An issue where a path (with no additional active selection) would not be converted exactly to a vector mask when requested (ie, vector mask was an approximate match).
  • Fixed: Minor typos with tooltips (including important note that clicking "Split" again will resync the views if you zoom in or out, which makes it very easy to look around the mask and image).
  • Fixed: Removed a legacy 8-bit operation in "Combine".
  • Fixed: "Contrast" did not properly detect target tones under preview/selection conditions.
  • Fixed: An issue where <ctrl/cmd>-Z would not respond after clicking on a button without clicking on Photoshop
  • Fixed: "X" can be used to remove the temporary orange group after switching from RGB to LAB color mode.
  • Fixed: "Dust" will only activate the healing brush when initially creating the temporary red layers.
  • Fixed: "Vib" and "Sat" buttons turn color in LIVE-M and LIVE-S modes to help show that they are available.
  • Fixed: "Map" changes the active layer.
  • Fixed: PreBlend failed to save when asked.
  • Fixed: PreBlend did not ask for folder location when saving.
  • Fixed: A bug where PreBlend radio button for leave/save has no default.
  • Fixed: Automatic edge detection via "Sharp" fails on a Smart Object with no Smart Filters.
  • Fixed: Creating all zone masks with BlendIf via <shift>-clicking curves would create a vector mask on a single output layer.
  • Fixed: "Mask" works with multiple simultaneous layers
  • Fixed: <alt/option>-clicking "Dodge" created a desaturation sponge instead of the intended normal sponge.
  • Fixed: An issue where High Pass "Sharp" would fail to use orange preview layers to create a mask.
  • Fixed: "Contrast" removes color in LAB
  • Fixed: <alt/option> fails to create requested inverted mask when using path as an input.
  • Fixed: A bug where repeated presses of "Vib" or "Sat" could unexpectedly affect the active layer instead of the orange preview layers.
  • Fixed: "Edge" fails to create requested decontaminate layer when user also chooses to paint forward.
  • Fixed: Invalid preview name when using <cmd/ctrl>-Zone previews and selecting the "default" mask type.
  • Fixed: "Combine" made hidden ants visible if there was an active selection.
  • Fixed: "Sel" fails to show green after Quick Mask.
  • Fixed: Error when clicking "PreBlend" and only a single layer document was open
  • Fixed: Minor zone mask error when targeting pure white.
  • Fixed: Tooltips stuck or still display on mode dropdown after disabling tooltips in preferences.
  • Fixed: "Map" removes top layer in LAB
  • Fixed: Some minor issues with non-English versions of Photoshop
  • Fixed: Diff+/- did not respond properly to Smart Object choice
  • Fixed: Tooltips for dropdown modes in Photoshop CC
  • Fixed: Issue with some operations when the active layer is blank.
  • Fixed: Basic D curve did not get expected anchor point.
  • Fixed: "✓Sel" tooltip on CS6.
  • Fixed: Mask still created after user clicks <ESC> to quick feather / mask type dialog.
  • Fixed: Cannot disable Paint/Dodge in advanced masks (<ctrl/cmd>-click preview button) if they are on by default in the panel preferences.
  • Fixed: <ctrl/cmd><alt/option>-clicking "Range" ticks the "Not" box in the options dialog.
  • Fixed: PreBlend asks about closing source documents when blending layers.
  • Fixed: +/- buttons in Sel dialog do not show properly in Photoshop CS6.
  • Removed: “History”. Critical functionality for this button has been moved to “Edge” and the new “Before” button  


Lumenzia Basics v7.0.0 includes:

  • Updated: "Show Mask" can now be used to visualize BlendIf Masks.
  • Updated: "Show Mask" can now be used to visualize Smart Filter Masks.
  • Updated: "SmartObj" now allows you to rasterize multiple Smart Objects at same time (if all selected layers are Smart Objects, user is asked if they want to rasterize them or convert into a single Smart Object)
  • Updated: Removed unused right-click menu
  • Updated: Simplified CC version of Basics by removing top row of icons. The undo/redo buttons are not needed now with Photoshop's new shortcut keys for undo/redo, and zoom in/out are commonly known shortcut keys.
  • Updated: <shift>-click "Show Mask" to set a custom overlay color.
  • Updated: When trying to use the help or "?" while offline, a message is created to remind the user to consult the written manual.
  • Updated: "Modify" dialog sets the expand input as active so that you can more quickly change it with the keyboard.
  • Updated: Improved error messages for "Fill" to be more clear.
  • Fixed: Some minor issues with non-English versions of Photoshop
  • Fixed: Avoided dual dialog when using "Fill" with content aware on CS6.
  • Fixed: "Modify" inputs were too small on CS6
  • Fixed: "Fill" with white or black caused subsequent dialogs to blank on CS6.  

Lumenzia v6.1.0 (released July 2, 2018)

Note that Lumenzia v6 is featured extensively throughout my new Exposure Blending Master Course.

  • New: <shift>-click "Curves" for advanced options to create curves for each wide zone.
  • Updated: <cmd/ctrl>-click "Sat" or "Vib" in normal mode to immediately create a masked HSL layer. This can save a lot of time, as saturation/vibrance masks are most commonly used with HSL adjustments.
  • Updated: "Sat" and "Vib" are now available in LIVE-M mode.
  • Updated: "Sat" and "Vib" are now available in LIVE-S mode.
  • Updated: "?" can be used on all buttons at any time (including currently disabled options)
  • Updated: Shortened layer name used for BlendIf:under (the layer name will no longer include "under" in order to keep the name shorter. Layers for BlendIf:this will continue to get a longer name).
  • Updated: Improved warnings if the user tries to make invalid changes to the temporary orange/red layers.
  • Updated: Convert layers to linked PSB allows ( and ) in filename.
  • Updated: When selecting "vector mask" as a mask output, a more prominent warning is shown to alert the user not to use this option with luminosity selections (as conversion of these complex selections into vector masks is slow in Photoshop, and can even trigger a Photoshop bug that causes a crash in some cases). Vector masks are meant to be used with simpler selections, such as those created with the lasso tool.
  • Updated: High Pass Smart Object is created at higher strength.
  • Updated: Button reference switched to a 2-page format to make it easier to read.
  • Updated: JSXBIN installer makes desktop log files optional to avoids cluttering your desktop. If log files are needed, hold <alt/option> while clicking the "Install" button during installation (as noted in the button's tooltip).
  • Fixed: PreBlend using "Blend Documents" with output set to "New Document" may create an output document in 8 bits instead of 16.
  • Fixed: PreBlend using "Blend Documents" with output set to "New Document" may create an output document with a different RGB color space.
  • Fixed: "If" visualization does not clear any other existing layer styles.
  • Fixed: Sharpen "protect edges" affects the filter mask, not layer mask, when working on a Smart Object.
  • Fixed: Sharpen using Smart Object creates two white masks.
  • Fixed: Sharpen Smart Object asks about all/selected layers when not needed.
  • Fixed: PreBlend fails to rename layer when using existing document as output
  • Fixed: Bug that prevents Lumenzia actions from showing as an option in the utilities menu.
  • Fixed: Bug where re-importing an external PSB may fail to align correctly under rare circumstances.
  • Fixed: "Traditional" masks fail to render on images with no color profile.
  • Fixed: Bug where PSB re-import fails to work on CS6.
  • Fixed: LIVE-M updates layer names as expected.
  • Fixed: A bug where CS6 would not remember last settings used for "Dodge".
  • Fixed: PreBlend improperly renames base layer when using an existing output document other than the first choice in the list.
  • Fixed: Error message when choosing to use BlendIf with "Contrast"
  • Fixed: PreBlend may produce an error message in CS6 that prevents the ability to blend different documents.  
  • Fixed: Allowing greater maximum panel width to account for certain display situations where the full panel width may not be visible.



Lumenzia Basics v6.1.0 includes:

  • New: "<<" and ">>" buttons to cycle through blend modes. This allows you to cycle through and experiment with various blend modes for different effects (not all the blend modes, just the best ones for photography). And there are still discrete buttons for other blend modes you may want for other needs that don't typically involve experimentation (such as "difference" blend mode for visually aligning layers manually).
  • Updated: "Fill" now allows feathering.
  • Updated: Hold <alt/option> when clicking "Show Mask" to see the mask as a color overlay on the image. (ie, this is like what you've always been able to do for visualizing BlendIf with the "If" button, but you can now do it with layer masks as well).
  • Updated: "Pass Through" is used instead of "Normal" blend mode for layer sets, as this is more likely the user intent.
  • Updated: <ctrl/cmd>-click "SmartObj" to export linked layers to PSB (i.e. Basics now has this same functionality as in the Lumenzia menu.)
  • Updated: "SmartObj" provides a more useful error message if the user attempts to convert a single adjustment layer to a Smart Object.
  • Updated: "RAW" and "Verticals" provide a more useful error message if the user accidentally tries to use them on an adjustment layer.
  • Fixed: "SmartObj" can now be used on a group.
  • Fixed: Deconvolution sharpen now works properly on CS6.
  • Fixed: "Verticals" fails to clear guides when requested
  • Fixed: CS6 Bug where opening Basics panel could affect certain aspects of Lumenzia until rebooting Photoshop.
  • Fixed: "RAW" displays an incorrect error message about locked layers.
  • Fixed: Bug where "SmartObj" extract may fail to align correctly under rare circumstances.
  • Fixed: Bug where "SmartObj" extract fails to work on CS6.
  • Fixed: Numerous tooltip fixes and updates.



Lumenzia v6.0.0 (released June 2, 2018)

Note that Lumenzia v6 is featured extensively throughout my new Exposure Blending Master Course.

  • New: Tutorials on every button! Just click the "?" button at the bottom of the panel and then click any other button to get tutorial material/videos for that button. This makes it easier than ever to get help for whatever you are doing. [requires Photoshop CC+].
  • New: Dodge/burn the orange preview layers. Just like the existing paint layer option, this gives you the ability to locally refine your masks/selections before you apply them. With this approach, you are able to darken or lighten gray parts of the mask, while protecting mostly white or black areas. It's a great way to control transition areas (whereas the paint layer is a great way to simply add or remove areas to the mask, regardless of the initial state of the mask). This option can be set in the menu at the top right of the panel (CS6 users should <ctrl/cmd>-click the "Tutorials" button to set the preference in the CS6 Utilities menu).
  • New: Deconvolution sharpening via "Sharp". This type of sharpening is designed to help offset softness at the capture stage (lenses, anti-alias filter, etc). This greatly increases fine detail. To get the most out of this method, paint black on the filter mask over any smooth areas (such as the sky or water), as this will allow you to use more aggressive settings without adding unwanted noise. [Requires Photoshop CC]
  • New: High Pass sharpening as a smart object. Allows a simpler way to work non-destructively.
  • New: Dodge/Burn visualization. Just select an existing Dodge/Burn layer and click "Dodge" to see it, and then click Dodge again to clear it. This is supported for the transparent and gray dodge/burn layers only. For curve-based dodge/burn layers, just view the masks.Updated: The zone pickers may now be used while viewing a heat map. This offers a convenient way to work from the map. Note however, that this will center the selection on the zone, not the underlying tone in the image. Therefore, clearing the map first and then using the zone picker directly on the image remains more precise.
  • Updated: The range pickers may now be used while viewing a heat map. This offers a convenient way to work from the map. Note however, that the range is approximate. Therefore, clearing the map first and then using the range picker directly on the image remains more precise. 
  • New: Automated assistance to cut out subjects. If there is no active selection or layer mask, "Edge" will automatically try to detect a subject (people, animals, etc) from the active layer and out a refined selection/mask.[Requires Photoshop CC 2018]
  • New: "Keep independent layer/vector masks when possible". This allows you to replace the layer or vector mask independently when using the "Mask" button. This preference is set in the CC panel menu, or via Utilities in the CS6 panel (<ctrl/cmd>-click Tutorials).
  • New: Check Hue. <shift>-click "✓L" to access this functionality. This helps look for consistent color across blends/layers and is very helpful for compositing.
  • New: Check Saturation. <alt/option>-click "✓L" to access this functionality. This helps look for consistent color across blends/layers and is very helpful for compositing.
  • Updated: "Contrast" supports vector masks when using BlendIf. This allows for a highly targeted contrast adjustments with no increase in file size at all.
  • Updated: "Vignette" supports vector masks.
  • Updated: Vib/Sat mask previews are much faster and provide higher quality results (you may still access the legacy behavior via menu option if desired).
  • Updated: 12+ legacy tutorial videos updated to reflect the latest interface (color, group, mask, dodge, vignette, sharpen, standard and zone, check luminosity, check dust, curves, Sat, Vib, and more to come later).
  • Updated: "Convert layers to linked PSB" now includes an option to export channels/paths to the external PSB. This makes it easier to continue refining the original layers.
  • Updated: "Convert layers to linked PSB" now allows you to automatically save the exported content. This creates a filename with "-linked" at the end and places it in the same folder as the parent document, making the process easier than ever. If such a file already exists (or the parent document has not been saved), you will always be prompted for input.
  • Updated: Convert to PSB is now more flexible with locked layers (the full lock icon is not allowed, but other types of locking are ok).
  • Updated: PSB re-import now supports the ability to re-import channels.
  • Updated: PSB re-import now supports the ability to re-import paths.  
  • Updated: <shift> clicking "Sharp" now skips the menu and applies the last sharpening method used (the method that would be default in the dialog, as shown by a highlighted circular button).
  • Updated: When clicking "Split" the views are synchronized (to the zoom and position of the active view) automatically. This makes it easy to zoom into the image and keep things in sync.
  • Updated: "Mask" is now truly WYSIWYG when replacing an existing mask (previously treated the image as if the active layer did not have a mask).
  • Updated: Vector masks are now set via pop-up dialog along with feathering, rather than as a menu option. This enables several improvements: You can now select the tolerance to create each vector mask (to optimize for accuracy or a smaller number of path points for simpler editing), Vector masks can be use more easily if you use them occasionally, and this provides full support for Vector Masks on CS6.
  • Updated: Menu preference has been updated to "Hide Marching Ants" under all conditions, including LIVE-S. 
  • Updated: Marching ants can now stay hidden when creating new orange preview layers heat map, or "✓Dust". (this is based on the actual visibility of an existing selection, not the Lumenzia preference when creating new selections)
  • Updated: "✓Sel" Now includes a levels layer to allow you to more easily refine the selection visually.
  • Updated: When using the selection option in "Color", the active layer/mask will remain as it is after Color selection is done.
  • Updated: Added support for "Lumenzia Actions" on CS6
  • Updated: CS6 now supports "Paint on Orange Previews". <ctrl/cmd>-click the "Tutorials" button to set the preference in the CS6 Utilities menu.
  • Updated: CS6 now supports "Show Properties for New Adjustment Layers". <ctrl/cmd>-click the "Tutorials" button to set the preference in the CS6 Utilities menu.
  • Updated: CS6 now supports "Hide Marching Ants". <ctrl/cmd>-click the "Tutorials" button to set the preference in the CS6 Utilities menu.
  • Updated: Dialogs in CS6 may now be dismissed permanently, like the CC panel. If you ever wish to bring them back, <ctrl/cmd>-click "Tutorials" and choose "Reset Popup Notifications to Default".
  • Updated: Dialogs in CS6 may now be dismissed permanently, like the CC panel. If you ever wish to bring them back, <ctrl/cmd>-click "Tutorials" and choose "Reset Popup Notifications to Default".
  • Updated: "Combine" now has greater capability to keep vector masks where possible. If you choose to avoid rasterizing, vector masks on the group will be applied to the child layers (so long as those layers do not also have vector masks, otherwise they will be combined into a layer mask). If you want to fully rasterize, click "Combine" again on the layer.
  • Updated: "X" can now remove BlendIf from multiple selected layers at the same time.
  • Updated: Order of options in Delta menu to better match the convention (buttons at the bottom) of other dialog boxes
  • Updated: "Edge" defaults for "Simple" to produce better results when dealing with thin halo'd edges.
  • Updated: PreBlend is now faster.
  • Updated: PreBlend now closes source images without prompting to save changes if there are no changes.  
  • Updated: "X" can now remove BlendIf from multiple selected layers at the same time.
  • Updated: "Color" does not create a group if it isn't needed (ie, only if there is already a mask on the target layer)
  • Updated: "Group" notes <shift> key shortcut may be used to apply a vector mask directly to a layer that already has a layer mask (rather than creating a group that is not required)
  • Updated: Color buttons at the top of the CC panel now show in color while hovering to improve clarity.
  • Updated: BlendIf pickers are much more precise when selecting saturated colors.
  • Updated: <ctrl/cmd>clicking "✓L for boosted range now provides a higher quality preview, especially when working with saturated colors.
  • Updated: "Contrast" picker (prompt for two values when there is no orange preview or selection/path) is much more precise when selecting saturated colors.
  • Updated: When "keep independent layer/vector masks when possible" preference is checked, you may modify the luminosity mask without rasterizing the vector mask. Note that any modification of the vector mask (selection/path) when using +-* will still cause the output to be rasterized.
  • Updated: Optimized Shadow/Midtone/Highlight BlendIf masks (for Dodge and Sharpen)
  • Updated: If an orange temp layer was selected when cleared, top layer will be left active instead of the bottom. Better aligned with likely use.
  • Updated: Utilities dialog always shows with a dark theme, to make it easier to read the light colors if Photoshop is set to a light color theme.
  • Updated: Tweaked an error message in the installer to try and make it more clear when manual installation is required.
  • Updated: CS6 now supports "Paint on Orange Previews". <ctrl/cmd>-click the "Tutorials" button to set the preference in the CS6 Utilities menu.
  • Updated: CS6 now supports "Show Properties for New Adjustment Layers". <ctrl/cmd>-click the "Tutorials" button to set the preference in the CS6 Utilities menu.
  • Updated: CS6 now supports "Hide Marching Ants". <ctrl/cmd>-click the "Tutorials" button to set the preference in the CS6 Utilities menu.
  • Updated: Vector mask is deselected after creation.
  • Updated: Significantly accelerated some functions (such as the zone/range pickers) when working with large document.
  • Updated: Protect edges creates a group mask for layer masks to give you more control/flexibility (Filter Masks on Smart Objects will always be modified directly, as there is no way to use group masks on them).  
  • Updated: When using a Smart Object sharpening method (including Smart Sharpen and the new Deconvolution and High Pass methods), a new Smart Object will not be created if not needed. This makes it simpler to sharpen an existing Smart Object, such as a Camera RAW Smart Object or an exported PSB.
  • Updated: Utilities/Optimize will now check that double-click opens mask properties, to make it easier to change feathering.  
  • Updated: If mask was active when clicking zone/range picker, it will now remain active when done to allow you to continue working more easily.
  • Updated: Sharpen interface simplified
  • Updated: Smart Sharpen is now interactive during creation.
  • Updated: "Sel" defaults to making the top layer's mask the active target if one of the orange preview layers was active when clicking "Sel", this helps make it faster/easier to start painting on the layer mask when the top layer is the intended target.  
  • Updated: High Pass Smart object now supports "vivid" blend mode as well.
  • Updated: PreBlend now allows you to add layers to an open layered document. Just start PreBlend from one of the new sources (not the layered doc, otherwise it will just work on that document with "blend layers") and set the layered doc as the output.
  • Updated: Can now choose any document as an output for PreBlend.  
  • Updated: "Dodge" gray/transparent leaves the pixels (not any mask if created) active so that you may start to dodge and burn immediately. 
  • Updated: Moved "high contrast" checkbox in "Dodge" above the primary layer type options, to be more consistent with the convention used in other dialog boxes in Lumenzia. 
  • Updated: several legacy tutorials (color, group, mask, dodge, vignette, sharpen, standard and zone, check luminosity, check dust, curves)
  • Updated: "Vignette" automatically clears your selection after creating the vignette. 
  • Fixed: "Dust" created un-requested blank layer when updating Dust with multiple clicks.
  • Fixed: Issue where ✓L could cause a clipping mask to be removed if layer above was clipped  
  • Fixed: "If" does not get clipped when top layer has a clipping mask while visualizing BlendIf:this.
  • Fixed: CS6 Smart Sharpen now works correctly when the active layer is a background layer
  • Fixed: Smart Sharpen now works correctly when the active layer's mask is selected (will only sharpen pixels, not the mask).
  • Fixed: A bug when applying orange layers and a selection as a vector mask with "Contrast"
  • Fixed: Incorrect mask output when using "Contrast" with layer mask and BlendIf.  
  • Fixed: ✓Sel does not get clipped when top layer has a clipping mask.
  • Fixed: Custom boosted range on "✓L" was not working as expected.  
  • Fixed: Some button flickering when using certain tools/modes
  • Fixed: Range and zone pickers are now disabled in LIVE-S as expected
  • Fixed: +-* buttons in LIVE-M disabled when there is no mask on the active layer to modify  
  • Fixed: +-* buttons in LIVE-S disabled where there is no active selection to modify
  • Fixed: When +-* are active in BlendIf mode, only Mask can be used (as BlendIfs cannot be combined, but Mask may be used with selections).
  • Fixed: If user cancels High Pass radius selection, no partial layer left behind.  
  • Fixed: Scenario where creating orange preview layers could enable a disabled layer mask  
  • Fixed: Live-M mode now properly ignores the active layer.
  • Fixed: Missing space in Vignette layer name when using luminosity masks.
  • Fixed: Issue where new dodge layer was stuck in first group instead of at top of layers
  • Fixed: Vector options are disabled in masking dialog if choosing to ignore the selection/path, as they are not relevant. 
  • Fixed: Smart Object sharpening warns user if trying to put a locked layer into the Smart Object
  • Fixed: Selection button update error message. 
  • Fixed: Issue where "Combine" asked to rasterize vector mask on child layers
  • Fixed: "Combine" rasterizes vector masks on child layers when the group has no mask.
  • Fixed: "Combine" asks about keeping vector masks when rasterizing a single layer when it doesn't need to.
  • Fixed: "Contrast" fails to use selection input properly.
  • Fixed: Some scenarios resulting in error messages with "Convert layers to linked PSB"
  • Fixed: +-* mode is not cancelled when clicking through different preview options
  • Fixed: Error message when trying to use the zone/range pickers if an orange preview layer was selected.
  • Fixed: A bug where High Pass may not provide the intended default radius.
  • Fixed: Issue where if selection feathering was set to "ignore", layer and vector mask choice were not available.
  • Fixed: Duplicate question about feathering when using "Mask" on a layer that has a vector mask.
  • Fixed: Layers may be turned off when using Protect Edges.
  • Fixed: PreBlend fails to align layers when requested and using a source document with 2 layers.
  • Fixed: Issues with history when using new document option with PreBlend
  • Fixed: PreBlend file output dropdown tooltip updated to avoid a situation where it was difficult to click on the desired option.
  • Fixed: "New Document" option in PreBlend now works properly when using a layered document as the source
  • Fixed: Issue where "Mask" would not create a Filter Mask as requested.
  • Fixed: PreBlend output options now correctly only allow the current document or a new document.
  • Fixed: An issue where Sharpen and Dodge would not work if a system font was missing.
  • Fixed: Layer name is updated as expected with the mask used during "LIVE-M" mode
  • Fixed: Error message when trying to use PreBlend on a layered document if no other documents were open (typical if you export as layers to Photoshop)
  • Fixed: Corrected links in the user manual for Sharpen.
  • Fixed: "Show folder" in Utilities in CS6 now works as expected
  • Fixed: Several issues affecting extraction of Linked PSB Smart Objects under certain conditions.
  • Fixed: Vib/Sat bug when using options to paint on orange preview layers
  • Fixed: Issue where PreBlend offered output document option even if blending multiple documents wasn't an option
  • Fixed: "PreBlend" creates a duplicate image when setting output to existing document other than first in the list.  
  • Fixed: Contrast improperly names group when placed inside a group.
  • Fixed: Issue with "Edge" when there was only an active selection.
  • Fixed: Live-M mode now properly ignores the active layer.
  • Fixed: LIVE-S tooltips correctly list how to add selections
  • Fixed: LIVE-S <shift> and <cmd/ctrl> shortcut keys now correctly work to add and subtract selections.
  • Fixed: Contrast improperly names group when placed inside a group
  • Fixed: Issue where next layer was selected if user cancelled Dodge/Burn dialog.
  • Fixed: Error message when using Contrast BlendIf on CS6
  • Fixed: <ctrl/cmd>-clicking "Dust" shows dust in color as expected.
  • Fixed: Version displays correctly if there is an issue with the digital signature.



Lumenzia Basics v6.0.0 includes:

  • New: "View Layer in Isolation" by clicking the new eyeball icon in the panel. This allows you to see easily the original pixels in your layer (without the effect of masks, BlendIf, opacity, or blend modes)
  • New: "Tutorials" button to link to help for the Basics panel
  • Updated: User interface cleanup
  • Updated: "Fill" now supports black and white fill, as well as expanded/contracted selections. This makes it easy to quickly fill in a rough area defined by Quick Select.
  • Updated: User interface cleanup
  • Updated: "SmartObj" now accepts locked layers.
  • Updated: SmartObj remembers last menu choice
  • Fixed: SmartObj keeps invisible layers invisible when extracting
  • Fixed: Issue extracting Smart Object under certain conditions
  • Fixed: Error message when using "SmartObj" with no layer selected. 



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)

  • 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)

  • 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.
  • 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. Additionally, <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
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