Lumenzia Basics (luminosity masking panel for Photoshop)

Overview of Lumenzia Basics, which is now included with the Lumenzia luminosity masking panel for Photoshop.

Lumenzia is to make luminosity masking as easy as possible.
But everyone’s needs are different. Some users want only the advanced functions, while others may want more options. Not everyone has the time, experience, and inclination to memorize the wide array of Photoshop shortcut keys. And when you’re first learning luminosity masking, you might want some hints on other tools you should be using to get the job done. So, to help address these needs (without putting too much into Lumenzia itself) I’ve created a new panel that includes a wide range of functions useful for luminosity masking. I call this new panel “Lumenzia Basics” and it is included for free with Lumenzia. You can place it full-size next to Lumenzia to see everything, minimize it to a tab or icon to be used when needed, or skip it if you prefer to just use the main Lumenzia panel.

The initial release of the Basics panel 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 re-selected.

– “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.

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