What makes Lucis processing different?
Lucis enhances detail in the highlights, mid-range areas and shadows simultaneously.
If you want to see more detail, leave the Smooth Detail slider at 1. Then as the value of the Enhance Detail slider is reduced (meaning move the slider further to the left), the more smaller and smaller image detail becomes visible. Easy. Lucis enhances detail throughout the image with one slider.
Lucis can create color shifts, which may or may not be desirable. The Assign Original Image Color slider reduces or 100% corrects these color shifts.
Some examples. Image 1 has strong highlight and shadow areas. Image 2 was created by moving the Enhance Detail slider to 155, and then correcting the color. With Image 3, the Enhance Detail slider was set to 107 and the color was corrected. More detail is revealed.
For comparison, Image 4 was created using level adjust. The detail in the wooden table is increased but not by much because if the details in the shadows were enhanced, the bright areas became blown out. If details in the bright areas were enhanced, the dark areas lost detail. So a reasonable compromise was created.
Images 5 and 6 show how Lucis reveals extreme detail simply by reducing the value of the Enhance Detail slider.
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