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Speeding Up Your Workflow by Using Luminosity Masks - by Kerry Bern

Published: 27/01/2018

Larry Lohrman

9 comments on “Speeding Up Your Workflow by Using Luminosity Masks - by Kerry Bern”

  1. Great tutorial Kerry! I wanted to bring something to your attention concerning your brush work on the luminosity mask. I use a great system you may not be aware of called the TK Actions panel for all of my work (landscape and architectural) which opens up a whole new world of luminosity masking options with one click options. You can check it out on your own, but there's one really nice feature that's brought out in the training for it. If you create a "group" out of the single layer you're using for your luminosity mask, you can "mask the mask"! As you know, when you do your brushwork on the luminosity mask, you permanently alter the mask and other than using "undo", you're stuck with whatever brush strokes you make on it. By masking the mask you're able to preserve your luminosity mask and do all of your changes in the "Group" mask. Anyway, I just thought I'd throw that out there. Thanks!

  2. In case someone is interested, here are some links link to the Tony Kuyper website, the guy who developed the TK Actions Panel, and also to Sean Bagshaw, the guy I used for tutorials on how to use it. This very easy to use system really took my landscape work to another level (as much as I hate using that term).

    Tony Kuyper:

    Sean Bagshaw:

  3. Thanks Kerry. Great tutorial on covering many of the problems we face daily in our work. “ABL” (always be learning) is my mantra so your tips are very welcome.

  4. Thanks Kerry. This was a welcome and inspiring tutorial. You went straight at the problem solving. It encouraged me to accept personal improvement as reasonable and achievable.

  5. My kudos as well. I've been trying to find a way to more easily make use of the ambient especially after receiving feedback from the Facebook Real Estate Photography with Lights group set up by Rich Baum that my photos were looking too "flashy." Previous attempts to work ambient into a photo weren't giving me the results I liked. Maybe your approach will work better for me.

    I also wanted to throw in another source for luminosity masking techniques even though you seem to have success using the RGB channel. Blake Rudis takes an Ansel-Adams-like approach with his Zone Express PS Extension:

    Another slightly different approach from Jimmy McIntyre:

    Hopefully, the url's will post as hot links. I am not getting the option to format them myself.

  6. Great video and thoroughly appreciated! Quick question. I suppose before getting the shot into PS you've got to correct the WB for both images. When I shoot ambients I notice that they're much warmer than the flash. When I apply the mask and then need to brush parts of the image for further correction, the warmer parts tend to spill over requiring a further color correction. Was just curious if you corrected the sample images before getting them into PS. Thanks Kerry!

  7. Thanks everyone for your kind words.

    @Rich - You are correct that you want to correct the WB before sending to PS.

    @ Ronald & Gary - I am fully aware that there are plugins/actions that you can purchase. In fact, I have the Lumenzia panel by Greg Benz. But, I rarely use it anymore. You can accomplish the same result on your own and don't have to spend any additional money. Since I created an action to create the selection and add the mask to the ambient layer I also have a one-click solution.

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