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Since publishing the original tutorial on luminosity masks in 2006, I've been very much aware of the impact they can have on an individual's photography. Many people have written to tell me how useful these methods have been to them (see user comments below) as well as to ask for help learning these techniques and incorporating them in their workflow. Luminosity masks make photographers more creative, and over the years I have offered actions, tutorials, and luminosity mask panels to make them easy to use. The latest offerings are below. Some are free and others are relatively inexpensive. They work equally well on Mac and Windows computers. All items are provided via a download link sent to the email address you enter when purchasing.

I've also partnered with Sean Bagshaw who has created several excellent video series to explain luminosity masks and related techniques. His videos can be purchased below as well. Other international partners include André Distel in Germany, Antonio J. Prado in Spain, Rafael Coutinho in France, Roy Yuan in China, and Isabella Tabacchi in Italy. The buttons below provide access to the panel along with the teaching materials they have developed in these different languages.

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Two (10% discount): SaveMe10
Three (15% discount): SaveMe15
Four (20% discount): SaveMe20
Five or more (25% discount): SaveMe25

In order to try before you buy, download the free Basic V6 panel first. It contains a panel and videos similar to the full version and shows how a luminosity mask panel makes these techniques very easy to use. It also comes with a discount code for 15% off any future purchase.

TK Lum-Mask and Basic V6

Basic V6 panel
  • Both panels make 16-bit luminosity masks in real-time.
  • Multiple output options provided such as adjustment layers, selections, and layer masks.
  • Instructions PDF, installation guides, best practices for color management, and training videos by Sean Bagshaw included.
  • Includes panels for all versions of Photoshop starting with Photoshop CS6.
  • Works on Mac, Windows, and Apple Silicon.
  • A good option for Photoshop users new to luminosity masks to see how easy it is to work with them.

10 Steps to Getting Started with Photoshop

10 Steps to Getting Started with Photoshop
  • Video course by Sean Bagshaw.
  • Covers Photoshop installation, image handling, and common adjustments.
  • Great for photographers new to Photoshop looking to get familiar with the program.
  • 11 chapters, 70+ minutes of instruction, practice images.
Get it from Sean

Linear Profiles

Information on using linear profiles for RAW file conversion in Lightroom and Camera Raw. Includes a repository of camera-specific linear profiles that can be downloaded.
Get them here

Actions for Ps Elements

Luminosity mask actions recorded to specifically work in Photoshop Elements but will work in full versions of Photoshop as well.
Get them here

TK8 plugin for Adobe Photoshop

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The TK8 plugin for Photoshop is the ultimate tool for enhancing creativity and control in Photoshop. Learn more.

  • Includes all modules for the TK8 plugin−Multi-Mask, Combo, Cx, and My Actions.
  • Much more than just a luminosity mask panel. The Multi-Mask module makes masks based on many different pixel-based values: luminosity, color channels, hue, color, saturation, vibrance, and now edge masks also.
  • Easy installation.
  • Instructions PDF (71-pages), color workspace set-up info, and intro videos by Sean Bagshaw included.
  • Photoshop 2022 or later required. The same installers work on both Windows and Mac (including Apple silicon computers, like Mac M1). Note: TK8 will NOT work in any version of Photoshop older than Photoshop 2022 version 23.2.0. Also, the Creative Cloud Desktop app is required to install the TK8 plugin. Installation is not possible in "cracked" versions of Photoshop.
  • View 16-bit masks at near real-time speeds.
  • All masks can be infinitely modified, and, with the Mask Calculator, combined through addition, subtraction, or intersection.
  • TK8 has expanded web-sharpening features including presets, file-naming, and file-saving.
  • New watermarking feature makes adding your logo easier than ever.
  • Dedicated 16-bit workflow ensures the best masks from creation through deployment.
  • New color-wheel-based color grading makes color grading on an adjustment layer easy.
  • Multiple output options including adjustment layers, layer masks, selections, burning, dodging, mask painting, and pixel layers.
  • Layer Mask Mode provides immediate feedback when adding and adjusting different masks to the active layer.
  • Visually edit active selections as masks.
  • Run common Photoshop menu commands and keyboard shortcuts with a single button click.
  • Includes numerous actions for creative post-processing.
  • Compact footprint with smart menus that close when not needed.
  • And much more!

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TK8 Video Guide

TK8 Video Guide


Sean Bagshaw's excellent video series providing a complete, button-by-button overview of the TK8 plugin. Watch samples.

  • 36 video chapters covering installing, setting up Photoshop, what each button does, and how to use TK8 when developing images.
  • 5 hours, 25 minutes of in depth instruction.
  • 1920 x 1080 HD resolution, MP4 video format
  • Practice images and resource links included.


TK8 Combo:
TK8 plugin plus Video Guide

TK8 Combo


Purchase the TK8 plugin panel for Photoshop and Sean's TK8 Video Guide in one package and save 15%.

$49 $58 - ADD TO CART
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*NEW* "Producing Better Prints" by Sean Bagshaw and Zack Schnepf

Producing Better Prints


Sean Bagshaw and Zack Schnepf have teamed up to create a comprehensive course focused on printing digital images. Whether you print using an at-home printer or send your image files to a commercial lab for printing, this series covers all the steps in the process from calibrating the computer monitor through considerations regarding print display. Printing from both Lightroom and Photoshop are covered in detail. This course is a video version of the live workshop Sean and Zack developed to help photographers make better prints. It's an excellent introduction to digital print-making for those new to the process and has valuable tips for all photographers looking to improve their print-making skills and produce higher quality prints. Watch excerpts.

  • 33 chapters with over 4-1/2 hours of instruction (plus two bonus chapters).
  • Practices images included so you can work along with the instructors.
  • MP4 video format with 1920 x 1080 HD video resolution.
  • 20% discount code for HD Aluminum Prints included.

  • Monitor calibration and workspace lighting.
  • Types of printers, and printing media.
  • Image file types and bit depth considerations.
  • Color management, color spaces, software settings, and ICC profiles.
  • Soft proofing, sizing, and print sharpening.
  • Hard proofing and fixing dark prints.
  • Ordering prints from a lab.
  • Displaying prints.
  • Bonus chapters on working with ICC profiles and using Topaz filters.
  • Workflows using both Lightroom and Photoshop.


"Umpqua Autumn" complete workflow by Sean Bagshaw

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Sean Bagshaw's new Umpqua Autumn video series provides a comprehensive walk-through of the creative process. It starts with a discussion of composition and light by reviewing several images from his trip into field and ends by adding the final touches that make the image as complete and elegant as possible. In between there's an inclusive look at the techniques, decision-making, and step-by-step progression required to bring out the best light in the scene. Lightroom Classic, Adobe Photoshop, and the TK8 plugin are the main tools, but it's Sean's mastery in using these tools that create the real magic. This series is filled with new techniques he has not previously demonstrated, and his ability to share his knowledge with others makes them understandable and accessible. The course will provide viewers several new techniques to add to their photographic workflow and new ideas to stimulate their personal creativity. Watch samples.

  • 16 chapters with over 2 hours of instruction.
  • 11 practice images (Full resolution Canon EOS R5 raw files).
  • MP4 video format with 1920 x 1080 HD video resolution.

  • Gathering light in the field.
  • Exposure-blending, perspective-blending, focus-blending.
  • RAW file adjustments with an eye for doing additional processing in Photoshop.
  • Cropping decisions.
  • Lens distortion correction.
  • Road-mapping and demonstrating creative adjustments in Photoshop--burning, dodging, color adjustments, ACR filter, color grading with TK8, and much more.
  • Adding finishing touches and final tweaks.


Luminosity Mask Masterclass

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This video series by Sean Bagshaw is a deep dive into all things luminosity masks and beyond. It's been over five years since his last comprehensive luminosity mask course and there have been many changes. New masks, new techniques, and new panels to create luminosity masks are now available. This course guides you through everything with chapters that focus on specific techniques. And luminosity masks are just the beginning. Color masks, saturation masks, and zone masks are also discussed along with popular topics like exposure blending using luminosity masks. Masterclass is an encyclopedia of luminosity mask knowledge and experience all broken down into discreet sections that you can study at your own pace. Watch samples.

  • The TK7 panel is used extensively to create masks and to facilitate the creative workflow.
  • Five hours of instruction with one of the best instructors in the field of nature photography.
  • Fifty (50) chapters with lessons that range from basic to advanced.
  • Lots (and lots) of examples of artistic application of pixel-based masks using different techniques.
  • MP4 format videos with 1920 x 1080 resolution for universal compatibility.
  • Sample images, so you can practice along with Sean, and a resource guide are included.

  • Pixel-based masks—Luminosity masks plus others, how to make these masks using a panel, and comparing the different types of masks.
  • Different ways to bring use masks in the workflow—Painting, layer masks, mask-first vs. adjust-first, and more.
  • Choosing masks—Reading the mask information, working with overlays, letting the Color Picker do the work, Layer Mask mode.
  • Modifying masks—Shifting brightness and contrast, the Camera Raw filter, using the the Mask Calculator.
  • Mask techniques--This is the largest section of this course and covers 18 different chapters. Topics include sculpting light, exposure blending, noise reduction, color dodging, sharpening, saturation balance, split toning, and fixing dark prints.


The Complete Guide to Smart Object Techniques

Smart Objects course


Smart objects are one of those incredibly useful tools in Photoshop that seem a little hard to master. The concept sort of makes sense, but how do you apply it with real-world images? In this course, Sean Bagshaw takes a comprehensive look at smart objects, from the different ways to create them, how they work, and then practical and creative ways to add them to the workflow.

While the course focuses on smart objects, it is actually much more comprehensive. The techniques demonstrated will take you into parts of Photoshop you never knew existed and then show you how to do things you never imagined. Transformations, noise reduction, cloning, working with filters, using the Filter Gallery, exposure-blending, texture and clarity blending, printing, cloud-sculpting, split-toning, and using exaggerated Camera Raw effects are just some of the new skills you'll learn in this course. Watch samples.

  • Nearly 6 hours of content and over 40 video chapters--Intro ♦ What Are Smart Objects ♦ How to Create Smart Objects ♦ Drawbacks of Smart Objects ♦ Types - Converted ♦ Types - Opened ♦ Types - Duplicated vs. Copied ♦ Types - Embedded vs. Placed ♦ Cloning and Healing ♦ An Even Better Way To Clone ♦ Smart Transformations ♦ Intro to Smart Filters ♦ High Pass Clarity Filter ♦ Blur Smart Filters ♦ Vertical Tree Blur ♦ Moving Water Blur ♦ Blur Vignette ♦ Distance Blur and Depth of Field ♦ Soft Light - Orton Effect v1 ♦ Soft Light - Orton Effect v2 ♦ Adaptive Wide Angle Correction ♦ Smart Warp ♦ Perspective Changes - Warp ♦ Perspective Changes - Liquify ♦ Camera Raw Filter ♦ Third Party Filters ♦ Avoid Merging and Flattening ♦ Nesting Smart Objects ♦ Lab Color in RGB Images ♦ Intro to RAW Smart Object Techniques ♦ Noise Removal ♦ Texture - Clarity- Sharpening ♦ Cloud Sculpting ♦ Color Balancing ♦ Split Toning ♦ Sculpting Light and Color ♦ Soft Light - Orton Effect with Raw Files ♦ Single Exposure Blend ♦ Basic Exposure Blend with Raw Smart Objects ♦ Trees Against Sky Exposure Blend ♦ Forest Spotlight Exposure Blend ♦ Architectural Interior Exposure Blend
  • TK7 panel used in many steps.
  • 1920 x 1080 HD video resolution with practice images included.


Sean's Favorite Photoshop Techniques, Volume 1

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With nearly 20 years experience, Sean Bagshaw has collected a wealth of knowledge about photography. His artistic approach to image development makes use of many specialized techniques that infuse his pictures with light, color, and drama. In this newest video series, he takes you step by step through some of his favorite methods for creating the best light using Photoshop. The ultimate goal is to help you discover your own personal interpretation of the light and to find new ways to bring balance, creativity, and excitement to your photographs. Watch samples.

  • Extensive use of the TKActions V6 panel throughout the series.
  • 20 different techniques in 25 video chapters--Intro ♦ Philosophy of Photography ♦ About Luminosity Masks ♦ Color Grading with HSL ♦ Color Grading with Hue-Saturation ♦ Purify with Selective Color ♦ Split tone with Camera Raw ♦ Split tone with Color Balance ♦ Split Tone with Luminosity Masks ♦ Comparing Curves, Levels, and Brightness-Contrast ♦ Freehand Tonal Balance ♦ Tonal Balance with Luminosity Masks ♦ Protecting Highlights with Subtracted Masks ♦ Double Process for Tonal Balance ♦ Midtone Boost ♦ Making the Mask for Tonal Balance ♦ Finish with Auto Curves ♦ Freehand Dodge and Burn ♦ Light Sculpting with Selection ♦ Luminosity Painting ♦ Cloud Sculpting ♦ Digital Light Painting ♦ Vignette and Spotlight for Depth and Focus (Part 1) ♦ Vignette and Spotlight for Depth and Focus (Part 2) ♦ Outro.
  • 1920 x 1080 HD video resolution with practice images included.


Sean's Favorite Photoshop Techniques, Volume 2

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Sean Bagshaw's second "Favorite Techniques" series is again wide-ranging. Blending exposures is common with landscape photography, but doing it well requires choosing and properly utilizing the best method. There's an art to getting a good transition, and Sean shares his skills with different approaches. This series also takes a close look at unexpected challenges that sometimes occur in post-processing. Problem-fixing is the focus of several chapters, and, along with the artistic chapters, will insure you're well prepared to bring the best light to your photographs. Watch samples.

  • This second volume uses the TK7 panel.
  • 27 video chapters--Introduction ♦ Workflow, Luminosity Masks and TK Panel ♦ Double Processed Raw File Blend ♦ Land Selection Feathering Blend ♦ Sky Cutout Blend ♦ Luminosity Mask Blend ♦ Edge Halo and Artifact Issues ♦ Chromatic Aberration Fix ♦ Darker Color Clone Stamp Fix ♦ Clone Stamp with a Selection ♦ Image Clean-up with Frequency Separation ♦ Polarizer Sky Lasso Selection Method ♦ Polarizer Sky Inverted Sky and Curves Methods ♦ Double High Pass Clarity ♦ TK Dehaze ♦ Camera Raw Clarity-Texture-Dehaze ♦ Luminosity Based Clarity ♦ Color Based Clarity ♦ Control Color with Color Range Masks ♦ TK Make-It-Glow ♦ Lab Color ♦ Luminosity Painting with Color ♦ Frequency Separation Soft Glow ♦ TK Panel Orton Actions ♦ Soft Light With Levels ♦ Raw Image Orton Effect ♦ End.
  • 1920 x 1080 HD video resolution with practice images included.


Extended Dynamic Range, 2nd edition

Extend Dynamic Range, 2nd ed


Sean Bagshaw covers numerous techniques to realistically improve and extend dynamic range using Lightroom and Photoshop. (NOTE: Uses the TKActions V3 panel for demonstration, but the techniques directly applicable to any workflow that uses luminosity masks.) Watch samples.
  • 36 videos covering methods using single- and multiple-exposures. Includes several examples of how luminosity masks can be part of the process.
  • 4 hours of instruction.
  • 1440 x 900 resolution.
  • Practice images included.
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"Secret Beach" complete workflow by Sean Bagshaw

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  • Watch sample.
  • RAW files included to follow along from start to finish.
  • An in depth look at using masks, brushes, and organized layers in a non-destructive workflow.
  • The TKActions V4 panel is used in creative ways.
  • Generate and deploy luminosity masks to achieve seamless adjustments.
  • Two hours of instruction with one of today's leading landscape photographers.
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"Northland" complete workflow by Sean Bagshaw

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  • Watch samples.
  • RAW files included to follow along from start to finish.
  • Sean's unique process for creating dramatic skies that blend perfectly with the rest of the image.
  • Many techniques utilize the TK Actions V5 panel.
  • Learn to use luminosity masks used to produce targeted effects.
  • Nearly two hours of Photoshop workflow creativity.
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"Lake Bled" complete workflow by Sean Bagshaw

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  • Watch samples.
  • RAW files included to follow along from start to finish.
  • Sean's provides the back-story and insightful thought process behind how to develop the image.
  • Extensive use of the TKActions V6 panel.
  • Select and adjust the image through creative use of luminosity masks.
  • Approximiately two hours of high-quality Photoshop instruction.
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Adobe Photoshop Essentials For Outdoor Photographers

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Sean Bagshaw's comprehensive video series covering the tools, techniques, methods, and secrets for using Photoshop to develop and creatively enhance nature photographs. This course is designed for photographers looking to start using Photoshop to improve their images and for those feeling overwhelmed by all its possibilities. Sean cuts through the clutter with clear explanations and demonstrations of those tools and techniques that are most beneficial for landscape and nature photographs. As practical guide for beginner and intermediate Photoshop users, Sean provides an in-depth perspective on how to use the program to bring the best light to your images. Watch samples.

  • Nearly 9 hours of instruction including 47 chapters plus 5 bonus chapters.
  • Practice images, review guides, and supplemental resources.
  • MP4 video format with 1920 x 1080 HD video resolution.

  • Preferences, settings, and customizing the workspace.
  • Raw adjustments; opening, closing, and saving images; and integration with Lightroom.
  • Image clean-up, basic exposure blending, and perspective transformation.
  • Understanding layers, masks, and selections.
  • Adjustment layers—Levels, Curves, Brightness/Contrast, Vibrance, Hue/Saturation, Color Balance, Selective Color, Black and White.
  • Working with smart objects.
  • Important tools—Move, Crop, Paintbrush, Healing Brush, Clone Stamp
  • Useful filters—Camera Raw, Adaptive Wide Angle, Blur, Sharpening, Shadow/Highlights.
  • Output options—For prints and for the web.
  • An hour of start-to-finish workflow demonstrations using two different images.


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Thank you for your support and best wishes for good light −Tony Kuyper