I don’t use very many third-party Photoshop filters because my style and workflow just don’t require them. However, there is one filter that’s been a core component of my work for many years. It’s called Lucis Pro (formerly LucisArt) and it’s been my secret weapon for almost as long as I’ve been a photographer. I use it to some degree in most of my images. Some rely heavily on it while I use it as a final touch on others. It’s the perfect complement to the dynamic lighting techniques presented in my videos and it helps give my images that extra “something”.
Lucis Pro is very simple to use and is available for both Windows and Mac’s (Mac version only works with CS5 or earlier versions of Photoshop). It uses two sliders to create an incredibly wide range of effects. When you find one you like, you can save it as a preset for later use.
It’s difficult to describe just what Lucis Pro does so I’ve provided some samples here to give you a little taste. I use a number of different processing techniques but Lucis Pro is a core component of these effects. There are also user galleries and samples on the company’s website that will provide more examples.
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Here are a few of my favorite images that I’ve created with the help of Lucis Pro.
If you would like to see LucisArt in action, you can watch a free video tutorial featuring the making of “Old Together”shown below. Click here to watch the video. (Note: This is an older video featuring LucisArt. You can still create the same effects in Lucis Pro but the interface is different. I’ll have some updated videos posted soon.)
This is only a small sampling of the many possible effects you can create with the filter. You can find more information at www.lucispro.com.
Well, there you have it. I have other tricks as well but this one is key, second only to my lighting techniques. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the filter. You can also contact the folks at Lucis Pro from their website.