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Capture One | Using luminosity masks and layers to color grade and sharpen

January 26, 2020


Hey everyone, so I’m super excited about this new tool in Capture One 12 I use Luminosity Masks a lot in Photoshop so I’m really eager
to see how this compares The image on the left is without any adjustments and on the right is after I’ve applied some Luminosity Masks with colour grading, sharpening and contrast So, let’s get started! So first I’m going to come up to the Layers panel here and I’m going to add a New Filled Layer Now all that means is you don’t have to start painting with a brush, the layer is already filled If I press my keyboard shortcut “M”, you can see the mask is already on the image I’ll rename this layer Shadows as I’m going to work in this area first and then I’ll go up to my Luma Range tool here So this will bring up a window One thing to make clear is that Capture One is not actually creating masks, but it’s adding constraints to the mask that will target certain areas in your image Here we have our range range adjusters On the left side we have the darker areas in our image, and on the right side, we have the brighter areas If I take the white control point and move it to the left, the mask will now be constrained to the darker areas in our image I can also feather the mask by choosing this control point and pulling outwards So you can see how the mask starts to get softer and more feathered and the closer I bring this, the harder the edge You can also reset this control point by double clicking so we’re back to the original position Now if I choose the dark control point and move to the right the mask will be constrained to the brighter areas of our image You can also move the whole selection by choosing the middle and dragging OK so let’s reset everything so we’re back to the original position So because I want to work in the shadow areas, I’m going to select the white control point and start moving it to the left I’m also going to move this end point across you can see, over her hair the mask isn’t selecting those areas because it’s so dark there Let’s move this across to make sure we capture those I want this Luminosity Mask to not only capture the shadow areas but maybe even some of her freckles because that is something that using the brush tool would have been near impossible that’s the beauty of the Luminosity Masks, you can really get into the detailed areas So let’s play with the feathering somewhere around there I think is a good selection now down here you have Radius and Sensitivity, and this is the way to improve the quality of your mask Radius changes the impact of Sensitivity and Sensitivity let’s you decide whether you want the mask to follow the edges more closely or ignore them Every image is different so play with these sliders and see what works for your image Somewhere around there. The mask is very natural and I think that’s going to work well I’ll press Apply, and then “M” to get rid of the mask view Now we have our Luminosity Mask, what can we do with it? Well any panel that has this brush icon next to it, means whatever adjustments I make, they’re only going to be applied to the layer So I want to affect the Luminosity of my layer so I’ll go down to my Curves and I’ll add a control point and just pull downwards to darken everything So you can see how that adds a bit more contrast I also want my blacks to be even blacker so I will move this end point to the right If you’re unsure how to use Curves I have another tutorial all about Luminosity Masks in Photoshop and the concept of Curves is exactly the same in Capture One so make sure to check that out Now I’m going to colour grade this layer I’m going to add a control point and tweak to see what I prefer now in the Blue channel I will just cool the shadows a bit. Experiment and see what works for your image Now I will come back up to the Layers panel and I can toggle this layer on and off So let’s see the before…. and after I can also reduce the opacity if I want to lessen the effect Maybe somewhere around there works well OK so now I will add another layer because this time I want to affect the brighter areas of my image I’ll call this “BRIGHTS” and let’s click on the Luma Range button again and we can also Display Mask, here Now I only want to target the brighter areas, I will take the dark control point and move this across I’ll again move this end point to the very right and I’m just trying to select the bright areas on her skin, just where the light was hitting somewhere around there looks good, now let’s tweak the feathering so it’s nice and natural maybe somewhere around there I’m going to play with the Radius and Sensitivy as well I’ll just increase that I’ll press Apply Now let’s go back down to the Curves and I’ll affect the brightness of this layer I just want to give this more of a pop so I’m going to bring this upwards So you can see how this is adding more depth to the image and more contrast maybe somewhere around there I’ll play with the colour now Maybe just cool down these highlight areas…somewhere around there I’m going to take down the opacity as well so it’s nice and subtle Let’s toggle that on and off OK so lastly I’d like to add some targeted sharpening just to her eyes and eyelashes, to give them a bit more definition Let’s zoom in, I’ll press “Z” on my keyboard, so we can see a bit better and I’ll add a New Filled Layer, I’ll call this “SHARPEN” and I’ll select the Luma Range button Let’s Display Mask so we can see what we’re doing we want to target the darker areas so I’ll bring over the white contol point and I’ll also bring this to the very edge so we’re getting as much of the black as possible and I’m just going to play with this slider until I’m happy I’ve got enough of her eyelashes and eye area chosen and look how quick that was to target such a fine and detailed area on my image and this is why these Luminosity Masks give you so much more control Now let’s go up to the Sharpening panel and I’ll just increase that amount I’ll go crazy so you can see exactly where that is going and I always know I can take down the opacity of that layer So let’s go back to our Layers panel and we can hide that Layer to see the before and now the after and we could also bring down the opacity So now let’s press “M” to see where that mask is being applied to our image I’ll press “Option” and click (on a Mac) to zoom out now I’ll just erase any areas I don’t want sharpened. I can be really haphazard because the mask is being constrained only to those darkers areas Now we have our Luminosity Masks created, a really cool thing we can do is to copy over those layers onto any other images in our series and those masks will be automatically created for the new images let me show you I’ll hold the “Command” key and select any image/images I want to apply my layers to I’ll come back up to the Layers panel. Here we have the Copy Adjustments icon I’m going to hold down “Shift” and select this button, and now all of those layers will be pasted onto this new image The only tweaks I’ll need to make are
to the sharpen mask so let’s press “M” to view that because I erased parts of the mask on this image, those will also be pasted onto this new image so I’ll need to clean up that mask by pressing “E” and just getting my eraser tool and removing any areas I don’t want sharpened Likewise I can press “B” to get my brush tool and just brush over any dark areas that I want the sharpening applied to OK so hopefully this shows you the power of the new Luminosity Masks tool in Capture One 12 If you have any questions just leave a comment below and if you liked this tutorial please make sure to subscribe so you’re the first to know about new retouching videos. Have a great day everyone and thanks so much for watching!

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