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TKActions Basic panel

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TKActions Basic Panel

TKActions Basic panelNOTE: An updated version of the TKActions Basic panel is available  here .

The TKActions Basic panel provides an easy way for photographers new to luminosity masks to start using them. It's free, installs into Photoshop CS6 and all versions of Photoshop CC, works on Mac and Windows, and employs advanced 16-bit calculations to make the masks. It has many useful features.

There are many ways to use luminosity masks when developing images in Photoshop. Adding them as layer masks on adjustment layers and painting through active luminosity selections masks are the two most common techniques. The Basic panel makes it easy to add both methods to the Photoshop workflow. The "Curves" and "Levels" buttons create adjustment layers with the designated mask in place as the layer mask. The user then makes the desired adjustment. The luminosity mask confines the adjustment to the tones defined by the luminosity layer mask and blends it perfectly into the rest of the image.

The "Channels" buttons create luminosity masks on Photoshop's Channels panel AND create an active selection of the chosen mask at the same time. It's easy to paint through the selection to precisely add paint to layer masks or pixel layers for specialized techniques like exposure blending and burning and dodging. The Basic panel is a great way to experiment with luminosity masks and see what they can do for your images.

Thanks for trying the TKActions Basic panel. Contact me if you have problems, questions, or suggestions. Please consider adding me to one of your social networks or subscribing to my blog using the links above. New information about luminosity masks is regularly provided at these locations.

TKActions Basic panel-- Contains both the CS6 and CC versions of the Basic panel, instructions for use, best practices for color management, illustrated installation guide, and video tutorials by Sean Bagshaw. Free!

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