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luminosity masks tutorial


Getting the Actions

If you've made it this far, hopefully you have a better appreciation, and perhaps some excitement, about what luminosity masks can do for your pictures. I encourage you to experiment and play with the techniques discussed here and hopefully find some new ways to develop your images.

Since it takes multiple mouse clicks and keystrokes to actually create the luminosity masks, Photoshop actions are the logical way to make them. Actions allow the user to save a series of keystrokes that Photoshop executes when the action is "played." Photoshop actions quickly perform the multiple steps needed to create any of the luminosity masks with a click of the mouse. They are an extremely convenient way to build luminosity masks on-the-fly from anywhere in your workflow.

While it's possible to construct a set of actions from the descriptions in the tutorial, I've also programmed the actions in to extension panels that can be installed in Photoshop to make the whole process much easier. The Special Offers page provides links to several different options, including action sets for Photoshop elements and a free luminosity mask panel for Photoshop. If you have found this tutorial useful, I hope you will consider using the "Special Offers" link below to support this work.

Special Offer link

Below are comments from photography blogs, newsletters, web posts, and personal correspondence from photographers that have reviewed the tutorial and used the actions:

Additionally, here are some comments regarding the initial release of this tutorial and the action set in November 2006 on Nature Photographers.net.

Thank you for taking the time to read and study this tutorial. I hope you will find it useful and that you will be as enthusiastic as the first people who read it. Please feel free to  contact me  with your comments, suggestions, and questions. I've also added information on some other very useful Photoshop techniques to this website. Please visit the tutorials index for a complete list.