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Ever 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 and there are options that work for Photoshop CC, Photoshop CS6, and Photoshop Elements. 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, Isabella Tabacci in Italy, and Mihaly Tomka in Hungary. The buttons below provide access to the panel along with the teaching materials they have developed in these different languages.

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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 Basic V6 panel

Basic V6 panel
  • A luminosity mask panel for Photoshop that makes 16-bit luminosity masks using a real-time, mask-based interface.
  • User interface, workflow sections, core processor, and deployment options mirror the TK7 RapidMask module.
  • Also contains instructions PDF, installation guides, best practices for color management, and training videos by Sean Bagshaw.
  • Panels for both Photoshop CC and CS6 are included in the download folder.
  • The TK Basic V6 panel is a good option for Photoshop users new to luminosity masks to see how easy it is to work with these techniques using a luminosity mask panel.

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.
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Actions for Photoshop Elements

Luminosity mask actions recorded to specifically work in Photoshop Elements but will work in full versions of Photoshop as well. Includes instructions PDF, four (4) different action sets for creating luminosity masks as adjustment layers and as active selections (rollover here for complete list). (NOTE: This item does not include a custom panel for running the actions.)
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TK7 panel for Photoshop CC

TK7 panel
The TK7 panel for Photoshop CC is the ultimate tool for enhancing creativity in Photoshop. Watch an overview video here.

  • Includes all modules for the TK7 panel−RapidMask, Combo, Cx, and Batch.
  • Sept 2019 update now has infinity color masks and "My Channels" masks.
  • Installation and instructions PDFs, color set-up info, and intro videos by Sean Bagshaw included.
  • Works on both Windows and Mac (including macOS Catalina) in Photoshop CC 2014 thru CC 2020. It will not work in Photoshop CS6 or the 2013 version of Photoshop CC (version 14.x).
  • Mask-based interface using 16-bit luminosity masks.
  • This is a luminoisty mask panel and much more. It makes all types of pixel-based masks, like color, channel, and saturation masks, in addition to luminosity masks.
  • The Rapid Mask engine generates individual masks (Lights, Darks, Zones) at near real-time speeds from all data sources and is 20% faster than previous versions.
  • All masks can be infinitely modified with new modification options, and, with the Mask Calculator, combined through addition, subtraction, or intersection.
  • Dedicated 16-bit workflow insures the best masks from creation through deployment.
  • Multiple output options including layer masks on adjustment and pixel layers.
  • Layer Mask Mode provides immediate feedback of adding different masks to the active layer.
  • Runs most common Photoshop menu commands and keyboard shortcuts with a single button click.
  • Includes numerous actions for creative post-processing.
  • Quick web-sharpening for one image or entire folders of images.
  • Compact footprint with smart menus that close when not needed.
  • New installers for Mac and Windows makes installation easier than ever before.
  • After installation of the CC panel, use the "TK" button in the Combo module settings to access instructions and additional free content.

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TK7 Video Guide

TK7 Video Guide
Sean Bagshaw's excellent video series providing a complete, button-by-button overview of the TK7 panel. Watch samples.

  • 26 videos covering installing, setting up Photoshop, what each button does, and how to use TK7 when developing images.
  • 4+ hours of in depth instruction.
  • MP4 format - works with most video players.
  • Practice images and resource links included.


TK7 Combo:
Panel plus Video Guide

TK7 Combo

Purchase the TK7 panel for Photoshop CC and Sean's TK7 Video Guide in one package and save 15%.

$49 $58 - ADD TO CART
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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.


All "Complete Workflow" videos by Sean Bagshaw

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  • Includes 3 complete videos series--Secret Beach (uses V4 panel), Northland (uses V5 panel), and the newest, Lake Bled (uses V6 panel).
  • Watch preview videos: Secret Beach, Northland, and Lake Bled.
  • RAW files included to follow along from start to finish.
  • Sean's provides the back-story and insightful thought process behind how to develop each image.
  • Demonstration of Sean's unique process for creating dramatic skies that blend perfectly with the rest of the image.
  • An in depth look at using masks, brushes, and organized layers in a non-destructive image-developing process.
  • Numerous examples of generating, selecting, and applying different luminosity masks to produce targeted effects in the image.
  • Extensive use of the TKActions panel provides creative control within Photoshop.
  • Over 6 hours of high quality video instruction by one of the leading teachers in landscape photography today.
  • SAVE $72! Normally $39 each, the 3-video bundle is now available at a special low price.
NOTE: Each video series has its own download link, and download folders vary in size ranges from 1 to 4.8 gigabytes. A high-speed internet connection is needed to download this collection of videos.

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Photoshop CS6 Combo

Photoshop CS6 Combo
  • Includes the TKActions V5 panel designed to work in Photoshop CS6. See it here.
  • Plus Sean Bagshaw's V5 Video Guide for detailed instructions on using the V5 panel. Watch samples.
  • Generates advanced 16-bit luminosity masks, runs Photoshop, plays creative actions, perfectly sharpens images for the web, and much more.
  • Performs most of the same functions at the TK7 panel but uses modules that still work in Photoshop CS6.
  • Instructions PDF, color management practices for luminosity masks, and PDF versions of all tutorials on my website are included. (NOTE: Instructions and videos use the V5 panel for PS CC for illustration and demonstration as this was the most common version distributed when these materials were produced.)
NOTE: This panel will NOT work in PS CC. If upgrading to PS CC, contact me for CC panel update options.

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Complete Guide to Luminosity Masks, 2nd edition

Complete Guide to Luminosity Masks, 2nd ed
Sean Bagshaw's video series providing a comprehensive overview of luminosity masks and their creative use in image processing. Watch samples.

  • Over 4 hours of video in 27 segments.
  • MP4 format for compatibility with most video players.
  • Sample images to allow users to work along with the videos.
  • Topics range from the construction of luminosity masks to their artistic application with different adjustment layers.
  • A complete resource for luminosity masks techniques ranging from basic to advanced.
  • ON SALE! $6 off the regular price.
NOTE: This series uses the TKActions V4 panel, a copy of which is included in the download folder.

$39 $45 - ADD TO CART

Extended Dynamic Range, 2nd edition

Extend Dynamic Range, 2nd ed
Sean Bagshaw's updated series covering the best techniques for realistically improving and extending dynamic range using Lightroom and Photoshop. (NOTE: Uses the version-3 TKActions panel for demonstration, but the techniques are directly applicable to the V5 panel.) Watch samples.

  • 36 video tutorials covering a variety of methods using single- and multiple-exposures to enhance dynamic range. This is a natural extension of what luminosity masks can do and many segments utilize them to blend exposures and control light in various tonal ranges.
  • 4 hours of instruction.
  • 1440 x 900 resolution.
  • Practice images.
  • New lower price!

$39 $59 - ADD TO CART

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