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saturation masks tutorial

Saturation Masks

Saturation masking is a technique that evolved after working with luminosity masks. Seeing how well the luminosity masks managed tonal values, I wanted something similarly powerful to manage saturation. Adjusting saturation via Photoshop's Hue/Saturation command often results in changes that either go too far or not far enough. Something to fine-tune saturation adjustment would be helpful, and a saturation mask was the logical way to proceed.

A tutorial about how to create and use these saturation masks is now available as a small eBook. It completely describes how to create and use saturation masks to expertly control saturation in your prints. Included with the eBook is a set of Photoshop actions that performs all the steps described in the tutorial to create saturation masks.

At this time, the eBook and the Photoshop actions are available on a donation basis through the  Special Offer .

The eBook (a PDF document) and the actions to create the masks will be emailed to you in the Special Offer ZIP folder. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read the eBook. The actions work on both Windows and Mac computers.

Below are links to several chapters from the eBook as either Acrobat files or HTML. The chapters will open in new windows when you click the links.

Table of Contents   Acrobat      HTML  
Introduction   Acrobat      HTML  
Understanding the Saturation Mask      Acrobat      HTML  
Intensifying Saturation   Acrobat      HTML  
Creative Saturation Balance   Acrobat      HTML  
Using the Photoshop Actions   Acrobat      HTML  

Several positive comments have been posted or received from photographers that have read the eBook and used the Photoshop actions for the saturation Masks.

Thank you for your interest in this topic and for your support. Please feel free to with your comments, suggestions, and questions.

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