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Not just Luminosity Masking - The original Zone actions.

Luminosity masking can be messy. That's why we made Lumist 2. Integrate luminosity masking with live Zones and watch your edits transform. Easy layer building, and Zone masking actions let you to advanced fast without the mess.

Great tutorial...

Thank you for this great tutorial! Very pleased with Lumist 2.5 and this Shadow Hackers workshop!

Daniel k

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Instant Download for PS CS6 - CC

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See and control your light with instant Zone control inside Lumist!
Works in Photoshop CS6-CC

  • Complete tone control tools and Lumosity Mask effects on one package.
  • LIVE Map V2: See and edit Zones in real time and change how you edit.
  • Perfect Select: Exact selections without a mess of complex luminosity masking channels
  • Luma Painters: Color & light actions integrate with masks for creative edits.
  • One Clicks: Creative actions to make your images look great fast.
  • Vertical editing and masks: Everything implemented in easy to adjust layers.
  • Black and white conversion tools for amazing Zone based tone controls.
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Lumist reviews...


Great tutorial...

Thank you for this great tutorial! Very pleased with Lumist 2.5 and this Shadow Hackers workshop!

Daniel k

Another home run Gavin. Toss all my other frequency separation actions. Always trying to get more bang for my buck with actions so I have fewer in my list but they allow me to do more.

Phillip Ziegler

Love these

I have these - by far the best set of actions I've purchased in a long while. Credit where it's due, I love them!

Lorraine Jardim

Best actions!

This is amazing! Best actions I ever purchased, crystal clear explanation how using the actions. thank you Gavin ...



This is a great plug-in for Photoshop and doing exposure correction. It takes a lot of the mystery out of the Zone System of exposure. It is quite easy to work and to deal with. I highly recommend it. Also, Lumist works with the Alchemy actions also from Seim.

Mike Perry

I have to battle to overcome the feeling that I am cheating in some way when I use the actions because it is so easy to use and oh so effective.

David Roby

Used daily

I already have many of your presets and actions, used daily, especially BlackRoom and Lumist. I find the zone maps very good.

Chris Whaley

Excellent Service

Excellent customer service, and if I got nothing else seeing the Zone Map is making me think more about light and tones. Well worth it!

Lisa Bartek Reynoldson

Changed the way I now expose and create images.

Lumist is the set of Photoshop actions which helped me see and adapt both the light and the shadows using the Zone System. Having these new tools changed the way I now expose and create images.

Thank you for your pragmatic approach by explaining and porting ‘old school’ techniques, like the Zone System, into the modern digital era where Photoshop rules the way we create photos.

Daniel Kinner

I love all of them...

I have NHDR 4.0, BlackRoom, and Lumist. I love all of them.

Vipul Patel

Luminosity Masking, Retouching and Zones made better.

LIVE Zones and Tones are a game changer. Lumist actions take the concept of Luminosity masking, merged it with Ansels Zone System. It's smarter and easier to use than panels. Other tools have tried to copy Lumist, but none have done it. Lumist 2 takes tone control in PS to new level. Epic effects, and controls combined with the new LIVE TONE system that lets you see and edit ZONES in real time! 

What started as simple effort, trying to better map and visualize tone, resulted in Lumist 1. Lumist 2 is a system in itself, allowing a level of simple, intuitive control over tone that we've only dreamed of until now. It's what Photoshop should do already, but cannot. Lumist 2 uses zones to give you visual feedback on your light, helping you make better images in camera. It also allows you to manipulate that light in real time whether it's with portrait effects, color tones and overlays, burning, dodging or perfectly masked curves and levels layers that effect only the parts of the image you want.

Lumist 2 is a complete system. But it doesn't stop there. Whether you use a Lumist action, make your own or apply any other layer, Lumist can see your tones and let you mask and make creative edits and controls on everyone. Lumist 2 takes Zones, Luminosity masking and Photoshop and makes them what they were meant to be all along.

Live Tone Map: The Total Map changed the way we edited images and gave us deeper insight into our light. With the new, faster Live Tone, the Total Map updates in real time as you work. It works exactly like it sounds. Lightened your image? darkened it down? Live Tone shows your changing tones so you can decide how to use them.

Perfect Selections:  With these tools, you can choose any part of the light and apply it instantly to any layer, group or intelligent effect. Select Zones, skin tones or colors and apply effects and layers fast with the beautifully designed non-destructive vertical editing system developed to give you better results.

Effects, One Clicks and Silver: The next generation of Lumist's Color Luma. Detailed color control for specific areas of your image. Live Tone showing that one spot that is just a bit off? Luma Painters can fix that, no problem. Need actions for Silver? Or maybe a quick, powerful one click? All here, and you are gonna love'em.


I'm Gavin Seim. I'm a Shadow Hunter

I started photography in 1997 at age 12. I'm a PPA Master, Hot One and Loan Collection winner and Lightroom expert. My images, tools and workshops have been featured in books and throughout the industry.

I was born in WA USA. I started working pro (using that word loosely as I sucked) using film at age 16. It was not easy to find training then and often I beat my head against the wall to win. 20+ years in the trenches earned me my Masters (M.Photog) from PPA but it taught me that's just the start.

I moved to Mexico in 2017, exploring the magical light of the South, creating tools and workshops as well as the Pro Photo Podcast. There's lots of videos and free things here. If you have questions I'm here to help

You're rightly skeptical of photography tools in today's market. That's why all sales are NOT FINAL here. I guarantee each tool and workshop with my 31 day No-Regrets Guarantee! -- 
Gavin Seim

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