Pd and Zn - tetraphenyltetrabenzoporphyrins (PdTPTBP and ZnTPTBP), hexacyanin 3 (HITCI), and substituted phthalocyanines were incorporated in solid-state matrices (xerogels) using a sol-gel process. Nonlinear reverse saturable absorption was observed with those materials when they were illuminated with nanosecond laser pulses at 532 nm, or other wavelengths in the visible spectrum (between 450 nm and 630 nm). PdTPTBP doped xerogels exhibit a nonlinear activation threshold of about 10 mJ/cm , which is much lower than the value of 80 mJ/cm2 obtained under similar conditions with classical Al phthalocyanine chloride, or HITCI molecules. Solid state “red active” reverse saturable absorbers can be obtained with substituted phthalocyanines doped xerogels. The different experimental results are discussed using classical 4- energy level diagrams.