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Luminosity Masks

More on using masks in Photoshop

Tim Parkin

Tim Parkin

Amateur Photographer who plays with big cameras and film when in between digital photographs.

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In a previous issue we introduced the idea of Photoshop masks - many of you will have already had some experience of masks but if not, recapping the previous article might not be a bad idea.

In that intrduction, we only really talked about masks in terms of a graduated filter effect; making changes to a large area of an image - in the sky or foreground for instance. Sometimes we want to make changes that target only the darkest areas of the image though, perhaps our shadows need to be warmed slightly or we need to remove a cast from our highlights. Luminosity masks allow us to make these changes. They also help us to mask hard contrast edges more accurately - we'll come back to that later though.

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