Nino Batista | NBP Lumizone Plug-in for Photoshop

The Easiest Way To Use Luminosity Masks in Photoshop

For years, luminosity masks in a retouching workflow have been utilized by countless retouchers and editors, and for good reason. Many elaborate Photoshop Actions have been scripted and sold for the purposes of luminosity mask creation over the years, several involving "storing" dozens of masks in the Channels palette, to be called on as needed. Some users opt to create a luminosity mask as needed, when needed, using any number of methods.  Regardless of your preferred approach, the creation of luminosity masks has traditionally been clunky at best, and tedious no matter what.

But what if you could create luminosity masks, per layer, as needed, when needed, and modify each one on the fly?  

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Creation and active control of luminosity masks

  • Generate luminosity mask for any layer or adjustment layer
  • Actively change each luminosity mask on-the-fly during your workflow
  • 3 options to generate luminosity masks from:
    • Create masks from the image's overall luminosity
    • Create masks from R, G, or B channels
    • Create masks from the image's overall saturation map
  • Select any combination of 11 luminosity ranges for any mask
  • Invert range selection instantly
  • Toggle layer or mask view on-the-fly while adjusting luminosity ranges
  • Adjust contrast of mask as needed
  • No additional layers are created to generate or modify masks
  • No need to store luminosity masks in Channels palette

My recommended retouching workflow:

  1. Healing and object removal
  2. Dodge & burn
  3. NBP Freqsep Control
  4. Liquify (if needed)
  5. Exposure/tone/color use of NBP Lumizone:
    1. Color correction
    2. Color grading
    3. Finalizing


NBP Lumizone for Photoshop: USD$30.00

Works on Adobe Photoshop versions CC14 through current, for Mac or Windows operating systems. Available in most all countries; your currency will be shown upon clicking Buy Now. If your country is not shown automatically, select it from the menu at the upper right. You will be prompted to download the installer (contains both Mac and Windows installers) as well as receive an email with the installer link. Be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions as well. Additional communications can be directed to

  • A Plug In Solution
    More efficient and streamlined than Actions (and panels that utilize scriptable processes in Photoshop) by avoiding the creation of multiple unnecessary adjustment layers and channels.

  • Active Previewing
    View results of luminosity mask creation and modification on-the-fly.

  • Works with your existing workflow
    No need to radically modify your workflow – simply create luminosity masks on layers or adjustment layers as needed.

  • HTML5 native Photoshop UI panel
    Intuitive and efficient, easy to understand user interface built for effective workflow.

  • Multi threaded and vectorized code
    The algorithms are implemented to take advantage of modern CPUs for a real time experience.

  • Internal 32 bit calculation
    Works with 8, 16 and 32 bit images.
    Less artifacts, less quantization.

How does Lumizone it work? Check out this Quick Start video (5 min):

Find more information and NBP Lumizone tutorials on Nino's YouTube Channel.