Support for Macintosh Lucis Pro 6 SA

This is a stand-alone application. Lucis Pro 6 SA requires a Macintosh computer with OS 10.9 (Mavericks) to OS 10.13.5 (High Sierra) and 4GB to 8GB of RAM. Photoshop is not required.

The Lucis Help File has a lot of useful information.

User's Guide

Lucis Pro 6 SA enhances 8-16 bit tiff and jpg images.

Lucis Pro 6 SA takes over the entire screen so when you open the software you still see your desktop.

You will see Lucis Pro 6 SA and the Lucis Pro 6 SA menu items on the top left of the screen. Open an image using File > Open or Command-O. Open the Lucis Processing UI using Processing > Lucis or Command-L.

If you get the error message that says the developer is not known to the Apple store

Please do a "Control-Click" on the Lucis Pro 6 SA installer and select "Open" in the resulting drop down menu. Registering Lucis Pro 6 SA with Apple was not practical because Apple registration expires after one year, so Microtechnics would have to provide new software to all customers every year.

There is one bug in the Cocoa framework of El Capitan.

The file format options fields are sometimes missing from the Save and Save AS panels. This is an Apple issue. We do not know when Apple will fix this. But we have an easy workaround (scroll down to below the information on Scripts).

Your Presets are saved in a file that you should back up.

Please note that if you uninstall Lucis your preset file remains. So you can reinstall Lucis and still have your presets. Preset file location:

/Users/<the user's username>/Library/Application Support/Lucis6SA/Presets

You can get there easily by opening or selecting a Finder window and hitting command-G then enter the path.

Lucis Pro 6 SA comes with 60 days of free technical support from the date of purchase. Please Email support if you need assistance.

How to work with Lucis Pro 6 SA and Photoshop

Lucis processing is best applied before any adjustment in Photoshop, so this stand-alone application will meet the needs of the professional photographer.

Manually: Since Lucis Pro 6 SA is not a Photoshop plug-in, you would first open images in Lucis Pro 6 SA, process them and save them. Then you will open the Lucis-processed images in Photoshop for further work. This adds an extra step, however in most cases to achieve the best results you should use Lucis Pro before making any changes in Photoshop.

Using AppleScript: Two demonstration AppleScript (Script) applications are provided. One lets you easily process multiple images and the other lets you take an image in Photoshop, open it in Lucis, process it and then reopen the Lucis-processed image in Photoshop. Scroll down for more information about using these Scripts.

With Easy Batch Processing: You can batch process images using Lucis and then run Actions in Photoshop on the Lucis-processed images.

If you are not sure which Lucis settings will work for you, you can use batch processing to process images using several Lucis Pro 6 SA settings, then choose the ones you like best to work with in Photoshop. Sometimes you need to process images with a range of Lucis Pro 6 SA settings because Lucis processes each image differently depending on its relative contrasts.


Lucis Pro 6 SA comes with two example AppleScripts (Scripts) that can help speed up your workflow. These Scripts are installed under Applications and they are very easy to use and modify.

Modifying a Script: You cannot edit one of the example Scripts without duplicating it. So open one of the Scripts and then select File > Duplicate. Then you can rename the Script (File > Rename). Then you can edit and save the Script (File > Save).

The Open And Lucis Process Script. This script saves a lot of clicks if you are processing multiple images. Simply open this Script, which is under Applications, and Hit the play button. The Script will prompt you to select one or more images to process in Lucis, and handle the rest. The Script sequentially opens each image in the Lucis-processing UI, allows you to choose the Lucis-processing parameters and click Okay, processes the image, and closes and saves the image with "-lu" appended to the file name in the folder where the original image resides.

The PhotoshopExample Script. This Script makes it easier to move from Photoshop to Lucis and back again to Photoshop for tiff and jpeg images. If you are working on a layered image, you have to flatten the image and save it as a tiff or jpeg image first. You should also make a copy of the image because the image will be processed with Lucis and saved.

PhotoshopExample Script Setup.

You have to edit the first line to state which version of Photoshop you are using. The first line of the PhotoshopExample Script says:

tell application "Adobe Photoshop CC 2015"

If you are not using CC 2015, you can duplicate this Script and then change that line to your version of Photoshop for CS5 or higher. For example, if you have CS5, you would change the line to:

tell application "Adobe Photoshop CS5"

Then save the Script.

To use the Script, have a tiff or jpeg image open and selected in Photoshop. Then open and run this Script. The Script will close and save the image you were working on in Photoshop, open the image in the Lucis-processing UI, allow you to choose the Lucis processing parameters and click Okay, process the image, save the image under the original file name, close the image, then open the Lucis-processed image in Photoshop. The file name is not changed.

There is one Bug in old versions of the PhotoshopExample Script.

You can avoid problems by checking to see that your PhotoshopExample Script has the edit described below. Or, if you get an error that says File some object wasn’t found, make the following edit.

Open up the PhotoshopExample Script and select File > Duplicate. Part of the Script is shown below. The orange text must be changed from:

tell me to ProcessInLucis(theFile)

-- Open the processed result in Photoshop

open the result

end tell

to these two lines:

tell me to ProcessInLucis(theFile)

-- Open the processed result in Photoshop

set lucisResult to result

open file (lucisResult as text)

end tell

Then use File > Rename to name this Script and File > Save to save it. Take the original PhotoshopExample Script and move that to the trash.

The Save and Save As Issue in El Capitan


The Save Panel has two layouts. One is a simplified version that doesn’t show much information about where the file being saved is (Screenshot #1 below). The other layout shows the details of the file location (Screenshot #2 below). Next to the file name is a button that has an up arrow or down arrow. Clicking this expands or contracts the save panel.

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Screenshot #1: Save Panel simplified with options visible.

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Screenshot #2: Save Panel expanded with options visible.


When user’s first start with Lucis they will see the simple layout of the Save Panel, and it won’t show the file format options. When they first click the expand button next to the filename, they still won’t see the file format options (Screen Shot #3).

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Screenshot #3: Save Panel without File Format Options

To see the file format options:
1) Expand the Save Panel, if you haven’t already, by clicking the Expand Button

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Screenshot #4: Expand Button

2) Click Cancel
3) Do Save As again.
The options will now be visible. The Save Panel's expanded setting is sticky. Once expanded it will appear that way until the Save Panel is collapsed by clicking the expand button again.