Luminosity masking: part two / 5 comments + post
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This is the second of a two part series of tutorials on luminosity masking, a powerful technique that you can use to selectively enhance your images. Unlike conventional masking techniques, which often require you to manually create a specific selection to mask an area of an image (and then feather, or otherwise alter the mask to blend the change with the remainder of the image), luminosity masking creates selections and masks that based solely on the brightness of the pixels themselves. As such, masks created using this technique often blend seamlessly with one another and the unchanged areas of the image, obviating the need to predetermine the selection area, or repair/refine the mask subsequent to its use.

In this part of the series we will focus on luminosity painting: a technique that provides an even greater degree of fine scale control over the tonal balance of different areas of your images.

Both part one and part two were co-written with Tony Kuyper, a recognised authority in this field.

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comment by salvatore at 02:49 PM on 31 May, 2010

Great tutorial!

comment by abhilash at 05:35 PM on 1 June, 2010

Another great tutorial, David. Thanks (to Tony as well). BTW - the title on page 1 of the tutorial says "part one" :)

comment by djn1 at 05:39 PM on 1 June, 2010

Salavatore: thanks.

abhilash: thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it. And thanks for spotting the coding error - it's fixed now.

comment by Trevor Hughes at 07:45 AM on 4 June, 2010

2 excellent tutorials.

My thanks to both you and Tony.

I already have Tony's masking actions and now I can appreciate how to get the best from them!

comment by Michel Roy at 09:44 PM on 31 January, 2011

this is great..thank you