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How to Use Luminosity Masks – Photoshop Tutorial

(Last Updated On: March 16, 2020)

More than a tutorial, this course gives you a unique tool to easily and seamlessly balance the exposures in any image using Luminosity Masks. Instructor Aaron Nace, who is a photographer as well as an absolute master of Photoshop, has developed a system that makes it easy to capture all the information in a photo with varying luminosities. Although you could do something similar using HDR (High Definition Range), because it’s an automated process, the images often look unnatural, and you have no control.

Using Luminosity Masks

The first chapter of this tutorial shows you why using HDR is so unsatisfactory, still leaving some areas underexposed and others overexposed. Aaron contrasts an HDR photo with the same two images combined using Luminosity Masks to create a single exposure with all the highlights, mid-tones and shadows clearly defined.

Throughout the course you’ll use the eighteen downloadable masks to make ordinary images become extraordinary. By the time you finish this comprehensive, thorough guide you’ll be able to produce stunning, perfectly balanced images in record time!

Luminosity Masks

Learn to Use RAW, Bracketing and Smart Objects to Create Perfect Images

Luminosity Masks are surprisingly easy to use. In this chapter, you’ll begin by learning how to blend three exposures of the same image, using exposure bracketing. You’ll adjust the images in Adobe Camera Raw then bring them into Photoshop using Smart Objects, and with the powerful Luminosity Mask actions, you’ll easily correct the underexposed and overexposed areas to reveal the missing details in the photo.

When you complete this chapter, you’ll be able to create a well-balanced photo — using either multiple images or a single image — in only about thirty minutes. Along the way, you’ll discover numerous time-saving tools you can use in all your Photoshop work.

Learn to Fix Underexposed and Overexposed Areas of an Image

Exposure settings are often a compromise. To capture the glory of a deep forest, you may need to overexpose the sky and underexpose the ground. In this section, you’ll learn how luminosity masks can quickly balance a photo, using RAW images and Layer Masks to bring out missing details in the under and overexposed areas. You’ll reveal everything you missed in a too dark shadow or a too light sky.

Nance makes it simple, showing you how to apply the Luminosity Masks to multiple layers, then with a wide soft brush tool, simply paint over the areas you want to be visible, exposing the brighter or darker exposure on the layer below.

Learn to Create Vibrant, Realistic Color

In this section, you’ll learn to blend multiple exposures to enhance the color of your final image while keeping it realistic. You’ll use your Luminosity Masks to increase or decrease the color temperature, saturation or hue of selected areas to make the photo really pop.

Learn to Create Stunning Landscapes

Aaron uses sample landscape photos throughout the course and the results are amazing. Landscapes that look attractive but flat, come to life with his system of exposure balancing, color enhancing and sharpening.

In this section Nance takes two identical images — one a long exposure, the other a correct exposure — and combines them, melding the best of both into a single photo with a perfect balance between the flowing water, the surrounding landscape and the sky.

underexposed photo

Learn to Create a Beautiful, Dramatic Sky

You may have shot a magnificent landscape, only to have the sky washed out and overexposed or the ground dark and lacking detail. Until now, HDR was the only option to get detail across highlights, mid-tones, and shadows but that would often lead to exaggerated effects and unrealistic images.

Using the Luminosity Mask system, you’ll learn to quickly create a perfectly balanced photo, capturing all the radiance and color of the sky, the details in the rocks and grasses, and the sharpness of the edges.

This course is invaluable for any photographer who wants to take his images to the next level, turning a good picture to a great one. It solves many problems photographers face every day, by using the powerful tools of Photoshop to create-stunning, well-balanced photographs.

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