5,10,15,20 meso-tetraphenyl porphyrin (H2TPP) and copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) films have been deposited by means of a recently developed plasma based technique named glow discharge induced sublimation (GDS). The two macrocycles have been deposited by vacuum evaporation (VE) and H2TPP by spin coating (SPIN) as well for comparison. The physical properties of the films have been characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and nitrogen physisorption measurements. SEM images and physisorption isotherms highlight both the much higher surface roughness and specific surface area of GDS samples with respect to the VE and SPIN ones. Optical sensing measurements, performed in differently concentrated ethyl alcohol atmospheres, highlight that GDS samples yield much higher response intensities than SPIN and VE films, short response times and complete recovery.