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This tutorials page started in 2006 when I started writing about luminosity masks. I've never stopped researching them and other pixel-based masks. The original Luminosity Masks tutorial is linked below along with several others that I've put together over the years. Over time I've developed even better ways to make luminosity masks but have moved my instructional efforts to  my blog . Please consider subscribing if you'd like to be kept updated on the latest information. I've also become reasonably proficient in writing computer code to make these techniques easily accessible to anyone interested in trying them. The  Panels & Videos  page has a number of different products, including Photoshop panels and videos, that range from free and basic to detailed and comprehensive. Please check there for the latest tools to add luminosity masks to your workflow.

As you scroll down this page past the list of tutorials, you'll also find blogs and resources to help you better learn these techniques. Luminosity masks have been accepted worldwide as an important part of digital processing for photographs. At the bottom of the page is a collection of comments from photographers who have found these techniques useful.



  
  
  

  














Blogroll--Below are links to blogs from other photographers describing their impressions of these techniques and how they've applied them to their images.

André Distel (exposure blending)       André Distel (luminosity mask workflow)       Mark Graf       Alex Hare       Michael Breitung       Dorin Bofan       Richard Wong(1)       Ryan Cary       Ron Niebrugge (1)       Ron Niebrugge (2)       Andreas Resch       Alister Benn (1)       Alister Benn (2)       Kostas Petrakis       Steve Gledhill       Michael Pilkington       Richard Wong(2)       Mark Rupert       Don Smith       Interview with Marko Kulik       Joe Bridwell       Dana Foy       Robert Adler       David Vercruysse (en français)       Ken Koskela (web-sharpening)       Rajiv Chopra

Resources--Below are links to videos and eBooks that describe how other photographers have incorporated luminosity masks into their workflow. They provide detailed instruction that shows how quickly and creatively these methods can be applied when developing images in Photoshop.


Instructors--While written tutorials and videos offer significant assistance in learning these techniques, sometimes a more personalized approach or face-to-face time with an expert is the best way to get up to speed on what luminosity masks can offer. Below are some instructors that routinely contact me when they are offer training courses on how to use luminosity masks. While I've not personally attended their classes, their images and online content are a testament to their skill.


Feedback--I occasionally receive email about on the Photoshop actions and tutorials available here and, with the sender's permission, have posted some of it below.