What are Luminosity masks?  Luminosity masks are a powerful trick available in Photoshop. However, If you have tried to use Tony Kuyper’s luminosity mask actions (TKActions) in Photoshop but are struggling to get to grips with the complexity, there is an alternative.

Greg Benz has come up with something awesome called Lumenzia and it fixes almost everything that made using luminosity masks a pain to learn and use.

If you are not familiar with luminosity masks and what they can do, the basic principle is, that you are able to make masks based on luminosity levels.

Working with luminosity masks Photoshop is then able to select precisely luminosity ranges and values, which is done using channels. Once the selection is made, you can then adjust only the selected luminosity range/values without touching anything else in the image.

So why are luminosity masks so useful? Have you ever wanted to make your midtones brighter without affecting the highlights or the shadows? By adjusting specific areas of an image based on luminosity values, you are able to create clean and beautiful images using true high dynamic range rather than HDR images, which are not to everyone’s taste.

At first, the Lumenzia plugin interface can look a little daunting, but if you  invest half an hour of your time, I think you will be hooked.

Lumenzia makes luminosity masking simple and visual, so that you can focus on making beautiful images.

Greg Benz provides some very helpful videos and PDF files to get you started.

Anyway, take a look at the video below and this link


Author: Fletcher K2Photographic

Fletcher is a Freelance photographer with images featured in Yachts and Yachting, Yorkshire Life Magazine and Equine Health Thoroughbred Owner and Breader. Commissioned work has included the Land Rover Burghley International Horse Trials; Bramham International Horse Trials; Hickstead Derby; The Motocross Nationals; Roger Albert Clark Rally; and the Pirelli Rally. Photography is his passion which is demonstrated through his work.

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