Technique #3

Often the best final results come from combining one or more different Lucis images, or elements from one or more Lucis images. In this example I created two versions of the image, one with vibrant color patterns and the other with extreme detail. Then I used opacity and layers in Photoshop to combine the two Lucis images.

To start I created the image with vibrant color pattern using Split Channel mode. I opened the image in Photoshop and duplicated it on two layers. I selected the lower duplicate layer and opened Lucis Pro. I checked Split Channels (to enter Split Channel mode) and unchecked Display Composite Image (so I could view the intensity information in each RGB channel). Then I selected the Red Channel and altered the two sliders until I have a pattern with few details and a good balance of light and dark. I moved the Enhance Detail slider to 109 and the Smooth Detail slider to 39. The two images below show the original grayscale information in the Red Channel and then a preview of the Lucis-enhanced grayscale information in the Red Channel.

Red Channel


Lucis Pro Image

To the left is the original grayscale information in the Red Channel.

Lucis Pro Image

To the left is the grayscale information in the Red Channel with the Enhance Detail slider set to 109 and the Smooth Detail slider set to 39. The goal was to create patterns of light and dark.

Because I wanted vibrant colors that related to the image's original colors I enhanced the Green and Blue Channels the same amount, namely moving the Enhance Detail slider to 109 and the smooth Detail slider to 39. Then I checked Display Composite Image so I could view the result. At this point I could have made further adjustments to the sliders but I liked the image. High Resolution Image.

Lucis Pro Image

Next I selected the top layer with the duplicate of the original image. Now my goal was to create a very detailed image so I could add a percentage of that detail to the vibrant, patterned image I just created. I used Single Channel mode as this would give me the image detail without color shifts that might conflict with my patterned image. I moved the Enhance Detail slider to 25 to drastically enhance detail. Then I moved the Smooth Detail slider to 5 to reduce some noise in the image. The result is below. High Resolution Image.

Lucis Pro Image

Finally I used opacity and layers to combine the two Lucis images. The detailed image was on the topmost layer. I set the opacity of that layer to 35% and then merged it with the layer below (which had the vibrant patterned image) to produce the final result.

A comparison of the original and final Lucis-processed images are below. High resolution images are available for you to download and examine.

Lucis Pro Image

Above is the original image of a marketplace in Charleston NC Full size image

Lucis Pro Image

Above is the Lucis-processed image. Full size image