Luminosity and Workflow Plugins in ADP LumiFlow

ADP LumiFlow has taken the concepts of luminosity and workflow plugins to a new level. With a simple compact interface, you have access to 14 in-built plugins at the press of a button from the main panel. We’ve significantly improved the creation of masks with easy to use mask adjustment tools and visual interfaces. In addition to all the powerful methods of Luminosity Mask creation we’ve included many additional tools for image processing.

We’ve added many new features into the ADP LumiFlow luminosity and workflow plugins, while keeping all of the functionality of our previous plugin. Below is a brief list of the new tools built in, followed by an image and description of each of the plugins built in. For more in depth tutorials on using lour tools in your workflow, visit our luminosity tutorials page.

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New Functions and Features in ADP LumiFlow Luminosity and Workflow Plugins

  • Single Plugin Interface: access all 14 luminosity and workflow plugins and tools from a single compact, non-intrusive plugin.
  • Luminosity with Layers (16-bit): New powerful tonal adjustment tools, paint, and dodge & burn directly on the masks.
  • Quick Masks (16-bit): A new method of mask creation in ADP LumiFlow, using calculations for mask creation. All of the adjustment and application tools for mask modification and use.
  • Heat Map Tonal Zones (16-bit): A visual overlay on your image of an 11-zone system, allowing you to easily visualise the tones in your image. Make selections in 1 or multiple zones visually allowing the creation of virtually an area of your image.
  • Apply, Adjust, Replace Masks (16-bit): Apply, adjust or replace a mask on any layer. Work in real-time seeing the effect of adjustments and switch between your image and mask view.
  • Colour FX: Create stunning colour effects to your images, also paint colour on your images and use luminosity to control the areas affected.
  • Sharpening: 3 methods of Auto-Web sharpening, 4 methods of manual web sharpening, and edge protection tools.

These are only a few of the new tools. See the introductory video below to get a quick glimpse of our new plugin. Visit our tutorials page, to see further videos on the use of ADP LumiFlow. The images and descriptions below will show all the luminosity and workflow plugins built in.

ADP LumiFlow Luminosity and Workflow Plugins

ADP LumiFlow Main Plugin

This is the main panel in ADP LumiFlow, and is the launching point for all the other luminosity and workflow plugins. A compact, non-intrusive design that will sit easily above your layers panels if you’re using a single screen for editing.

The top section of the plugin is where you’ll find the three main Luminosity creation tools:

  • Luminosity With Layers & Quick Masks
  • Heat Map Tonal Zones

Middle Section of the Main Plugin

The Apply – Adjust – Replace Plugin, Subtraction Masks Plugin, Channel Masks Plugin, Vibrance & Saturation Masks. Three methods of automated blending with the Auto Blend Plugin and undo automated blending with the Undo Blend Plugin. You’ll also find the Dodge & Burn Plugin, and the powerful Group Masking tools allowing you to limit your adjustments through the masking the mask technique.

Bottom Section of the Main Plugin

The bottom section of the main panel is broken down into 4 sections.

Adjustment Layers: 11 of the most common adjustments layers are here as well as the adjustment layer properties.

Filters: In this section, you’ll find two exciting panels with Colour FX and Mono FX. Load Camera Raw with the Camera Raw tool or Camera Raw as a smart object. Apply a Gaussian Blur to your masks or image layers and rasterize your layers to remove the smart object.

Viewing Options: In this area you will find tools for viewing your image from zooming in and out, full screen or 100%. Turning your masks on and off, viewing your mask, turning your layers on and off, or deleting your layers.

Tools & Finishing: There are some powerful tools in this section to assist in your image editing. Some of the new and exciting tools in the section are a 4-stage dust removal, reveal clipped areas in your images, remove chromatic aberration, remove halos, noise reduction. You’ll also find the familiar flatten image, merge all, vignette and frequency separation.

In this section of the panel you will also find two additional panel, including Create Your Own where you can add up to 12 of your own actions and rename them. In this section you’ll find the Sharpening Plugin, which has been significantly enhanced.

ADP LumiFlow Luminosity With Layers Plugin

Luminosity With Layers Plugin

The Luminosity with Layers Plugin uses layers in your layer stack to create your masks. This method of mask creation gives you the capability to utilise the colours in a colour image to modify the mask, increasing your ability to specifically target areas of interest in your images.

Access to this plugin is when any of the luminosity selection buttons are pressed on the main panel: Darks, Lights, Midtones, R-Zone, E-Zone or the colour channels are selected. Three layers are created in your layer stack, giving full control over your mask creation. You can also switch between the colour channels at any time during mask creation to see if a colour channel will better target your desired selection.

In addition, you have the ability to adjust your blacks, whites and midtones at the push of a button in the Adjust Your Mask section. You also have the ability to paint or dodge & burn to further target your selection.

We have significantly increased the functionality in how you can apply your mask. With 10 adjustment layers, 3 methods of dodging & burning, loading a selection, or creating a black & white image directly from your luminosity mask.

ADP LumiFlow Quick Mask Plugin

Quick Masks Plugin

The Quick Masks Plugin is accessed by pressing the Quick Mask button above the colour channels at the top of the main panel. As opposed to using layers, quick masks use 16-bit calculations to create a luminosity mask. Masks created using this method do not differ from those created with layers, but there are a couple advantages. The zone masks have greater feathering, creating slightly smoother transitions, and you have 19 instead of 11 restricted zones. Dodging and burning of the mask has a little more control then with layers.

Instead of using the layers as you do in the Luminosity with Layers panel, you can adjust your mask with Levels, Curves, Brightness & Contrast, or the Refine tools. You also have the same single button ability to modify your blacks, white and midtones, paint on your mask or dodge & burn the mask.

The same functionality for using your mask in Luminosity With Layers is built into Quick Masks, giving you complete creative freedom.

Zone System Heat Map Plugin

Heat Map Tonal Zone Masks Plugin

Creating Zone System Luminosity Masks taking mask selection to a whole new level. Utilising an 11-Zone system, these zones are overlaid over your image, visually showing all the zones in colour. This makes selecting a zone, or multiple zones to work in very easy. The selections made using Heat Map Plugin are limitless, virtually negating the need for any other luminosity mask selection tool. Masks created here utilise 16-bit calculations.

You have all the same modification ability that is built into the Quick Mask Plugin, allowing you to modify you mask simply and quickly.

The same methods are utilised in this plugin for using your masks that are built into all the other luminosity plugins. You also have the masking your mask functions built into this panel.

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Apply - Adjust - Replace Plugin

The Apply – Adjust – Replace function allows you to:

  • Apply a luminosity mask to a layer that currently does not have a mask.
  • Adjust a mask that already exists on a layer
  • Replace a mask on an existing layer with a luminosity mask.

The panel will automatically recognise whether the layer already has a mask or not.

You can also switch at any time between working while viewing your image in Image View, allowing you to make adjustments in real time. Switch at any time to mask view, to work on the mask directly. And, switch between these two views quickly, giving you amazing control over how the mask effects your adjustment or blending.

This panel utilises 16-bit calculations to create the masks. You have all the same power to modify and adjust the masks that are built into the Quick Masks Plugin.

ADP Pro Subtraction Masks Luminosity Mask Plugin

Subtraction Masks Plugin

The Subtraction Masks Plugin allows you to create specialised masks. From time to time when making adjustment in our image we want to target specific tones, but don’t want them all affected, such as our brightest lights or darkest darks. Using subtraction masks, you can select a tonal range to work in, then select a tonal range to remove from your selection.

You have all the same ability that is built into the Quick Mask Plugin for modifying and using your mask.

With the addition of the Heat Map Tonal Zone Plugin, Subtraction Masks may not be utilised as often as they used to, but is still a powerful tool in your arsenal.

Channel Masks Luminosity and Workflow Plugins

Channel Masks Plugin

The Channel Mask plugin has been retained in ADP LumiFlow. Channel masks are a legacy method of mask creation. The creation of masks has been enhanced significantly since channel masks were first being used, but some photographers still prefer using channel masks. The panel works by pressing:

  • Lights to create 6 different lights masks.
  • Darks to create 6 different darks masks.
  • Midtones to create 6 different midtone masks.
  • All to create all 18 masks.

You then make selections by going through the masks in your channels, loading them as selections and applying them to your images. Once you’ve completed with the masks, you need to delete them to reduce the file size of your image.

Automated Image Blending Luminosity and Workflow Plugins

Automated Blending & Undo Blending Plugin

The Automated Blending tool is built with semi-automatic blending methods and one fully automatic blending method. You can blend up to 7 images together with the use of luminosity in Semi Auto and Semi Auto Reverse and using the Blend If function for the last method.

  • Semi Auto uses masks and blends your images from darkest to lightest. 
  • Semi Auto Reverse uses masks and blends your images from lightest to darkest. 
  • Blend If is fully automated using the blend if function on each layer. 

Automated blending is a great starting point into understanding the using masks in the image blending. The ultimate method for blending images is through manual blending. Although automated blending can yield great results, understanding the process of blending images gives you complete power and control over the final image.

If you have completed a blend and you’re not happy with the result and want to try again, or try a different method use the Undo panel. This panel will quickly undo all of the blending that you just completed.

Auto Adjustments Plugin

Auto Adjustments Plugin

The Auto Adjustments Plugin uses layers with luminosity selections like sliders in Lightroom or Camera Raw. You can make adjustments with 4 lights, 4 darks and 5 contrast adjustments.

Using the buttons at the top of the panel you choose what tonal range you want to work, or all tonal ranges. Each slider in the panel will be represented by a layer in your layers window. All you then need to do is slide the sliders to work in those tonal ranges, it’s as simple as that.

This is another great tool to get you started in the application of luminosity to your images or to make quick adjustments in your images without going through the process of selecting masks. If you’re learning Photoshop and masking, this tool can be a valuable learning tool.

Dodge and Burn Plugin in ADP Pro

Dodge & Burn Plugin

The Dodge & Burn Plugin combines the power of dodging and burning with a luminosity to give you complete tonal control. It provides three methods of dodging and burning:

  • Transparent Layer: allowing standard dodging and burning, but you can also use colour, to make your images richer.
  • Middle Grey Layer: this works similar to a transparent layer, except you can use colour. Color in your image is effected with this method.
  • Curves: This allows dodging and burning without effecting colour.

You will also find all of these dodging and burning tools in each of the luminosity creation plugins.

Colour FX Plugin

Colour FX Plugin

The ColourFX Plugin comes with many filters built-in to create effects and the ability to draw out or remove detail in your images. You also have the ability to paint colour directly on your images and use masks to control the areas affected. 

With 4 Orton Glows for that ethereal look, detail extraction to enhance textures, add and remove structure, simulated polarisation, create punchy images with dynamic contrast, and remove haze with De-Haze. 

Enhance colours in your images by painting with colour, a trick used a lot by landscape photographers. Combine it with luminosity masks for complete control.

Create Your Own Action Luminosity and Workflow Plugins

Create Your Own Plugin

The Create Your Own Plugin, allows you to add up to 12 of your own actions into the panel. You no longer need to go to your actions window, you can have them built directly in.

You can rename the buttons in the panel, so that they are recognisable to you when you open the panel.

This is a great way to have all of your favourite tools in one place.

Sharpening Plugin in ADP Pro

Sharpening Plugin

The Sharpening Plugin has been enhanced significantly in ADP LumiFlow. It’s now been broken down into sections, and sharpening will be done a duplicate document so your original image is no longer effected.

Auto Web Sharpening: You have three methods you can use for sharpening, or all methods at once. Choose from 7 preset sizes or enter your own size.

Self Sharpening: Take complete control with 4 methods of sharpening, set sizes or leave your image in its current size.

Eliminate over sharpened areas in your images by using one of the two methods of edge protection.

ADP LumiFlow Luminosity and Workflow Plugins are much more then just a mask creation tool. It gives you complete creative freedom in all aspects of image editing.