Luminosity Masks:

The Definitive Guide

Luminosity masks are a photographer’s secret weapon to elevating a good photo to a pixel-perfect work of art. They allow you to combine speed and precision in your post-processing work, so you can quickly and efficiently make advanced adjustments. 

 

That may sound daunting, like you need specialized skills in order to blend exposures like a professional. I am a pro, with more than 20 years using photography as my chosen medium… and I can still remember hearing about luminosity masks for the first time and feeling at once fascinated and overwhelmed. There were so many different takes on the subject, including various Photoshop plugins and panels that can be used to automate the process of generating luminosity masks — nice, but not ultimately what I was looking for.

 

I was interested in gaining a deep understanding of the technique and the skills necessary to manually create the masks in Photoshop. I knew that most of the adjustments can be saved as “Actions,” so I decided to teach myself how to create my very own set of luminosity masks that could be included in my non-destructive workflow. 

 

That was five years ago. Today I’ve taught thousands of students how to use luminosity masks to elevate their work with lighting and color to a new level of mastery.

 

I wrote this definitive guide to demystify Luminosity Masks and to make the technique available to any photographer who wants to leverage their powerful impact in their own artwork. 

 

If you are familiar with Photoshop layers and masks, you should be able to easily follow the technique described in this guide. By the time you finish reading this article, you will be able to work with luminosity masks like a pro, for stunningly dynamic photographs that perfectly capture your unique artistic vision.

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STEP 1: Original image

STEP 2: Luminosity adjustments & color grading

STEP 1: Original image

STEP 2: Luminosity adjustments & color grading

STEP 1: Original image

STEP 2: Luminosity adjustments & color grading

STEP 1: Original image

STEP 2: Luminosity adjustments & color grading

STEP 1: Original image

STEP 2: Luminosity adjustments & color grading

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The Definitive Guide

Luminosity masks are a photographer’s secret weapon to elevating a good photo to a pixel-perfect work of art. They allow you to combine speed and precision in your post-processing work, so you can quickly and efficiently make advanced adjustments. 

 

That may sound daunting, like you need specialized skills in order to blend exposures like a professional. I am a pro, with more than 20 years using photography as my chosen medium… and I can still remember hearing about luminosity masks for the first time and feeling at once fascinated and overwhelmed. There were so many different takes on the subject, including various Photoshop plugins and panels that can be used to automate the process of generating luminosity masks — nice, but not ultimately what I was looking for.

 

I was interested in gaining a deep understanding of the technique and the skills necessary to manually create the masks in Photoshop. I knew that most of the adjustments can be saved as “Actions,” so I decided to teach myself how to create my very own set of luminosity masks that could be included in my non-destructive workflow. 

 

That was five years ago. Today I’ve taught thousands of students how to use luminosity masks to elevate their work with lighting and color to a new level of mastery.

 

I wrote this definitive guide to demystify Luminosity Masks and to make the technique available to any photographer who wants to leverage their powerful impact in their own artwork. 

 

If you are familiar with Photoshop layers and masks, you should be able to easily follow the technique described in this guide. By the time you finish reading this article, you will be able to work with luminosity masks like a pro, for stunningly dynamic photographs that perfectly capture your unique artistic vision.

STEP 1: Original image

STEP 2: Luminosity adjustments & color grading

STEP 1: Original image

STEP 2: Luminosity adjustments & color grading

STEP 1: Original image

STEP 2: Luminosity adjustments & color grading

STEP 1: Original image

STEP 2: Luminosity adjustments & color grading

STEP 1: Original image

STEP 2: Luminosity adjustments & color grading

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Luminosity masks are a photographer’s secret weapon to elevating a good photo to a pixel-perfect work of art. They allow you to combine speed and precision in your post-processing work, so you can quickly and efficiently make advanced adjustments. 

 

That may sound daunting, like you need specialized skills in order to blend exposures like a professional. I am a pro, with more than 20 years using photography as my chosen medium… and I can still remember hearing about luminosity masks for the first time and feeling at once fascinated and overwhelmed. There were so many different takes on the subject, including various Photoshop plugins and panels that can be used to automate the process of generating luminosity masks — nice, but not ultimately what I was looking for.

 

I was interested in gaining a deep understanding of the technique and the skills necessary to manually create the masks in Photoshop. I knew that most of the adjustments can be saved as “Actions,” so I decided to teach myself how to create my very own set of luminosity masks that could be included in my non-destructive workflow. 

 

That was five years ago. Today I’ve taught thousands of students how to use luminosity masks to elevate their work with lighting and color to a new level of mastery.

 

I wrote this definitive guide to demystify Luminosity Masks and to make the technique available to any photographer who wants to leverage their powerful impact in their own artwork. 

 

If you are familiar with Photoshop layers and masks, you should be able to easily follow the technique described in this guide. By the time you finish reading this article, you will be able to work with luminosity masks like a pro, for stunningly dynamic photographs that perfectly capture your unique artistic vision.

STEP 1: Original image

STEP 2: Luminosity adjustments & color grading

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