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The Benefits of Luminosity Masking in Photo Editing Workflow with Photoshop

November 17, 2019


Luminosity masks are commonly used in landscape editing workflow. They are extremely efficient when enhancing complex dynamics scenes where smooth transitions are the basis of compelling final artwork. Since they enable to create highly precise
smooth edged selections, we can implement luminosity masking to any image editing, including portraiture. There is really a massive potential for luminosity
masking application in portraiture. When it comes only to luminosity adjustments,
you could use them to create a greater sense of depth and volume to the image. You can perform targeted dodging and burning
adjustments on specific areas in the image. So for example, in this portrait I have treated
eyes and hair of the model in a quite dramatic way. So let me just quickly jump to the layers
panel and I just want to show you how the image looked like before applying the adjustments
based on luminosity masks and that’s my final result. So with a great success, I have used the luminosity
masks here to perform dodging and burning. Next, luminosity masks can be used to smoothen
the skin and to brighten dark areas in the image. With luminosity masks we can introduce contrast
in a targeted way. We can as well accentuate or brighten, in
other words, crucial elements of the image. On the contrary, with luminosity masks we
can as well mute or darken distracting elements in a photo. Luminosity masks are extremely helpful to
increase tonal distinction between subject and background, and with luminosity masks
we can enhance textures. So beside the adjustments, that I have just
mentioned, that deal with brightness and darkness values in the image, luminosity masks can
be used with a great results to color grading. Selections based on specific luminosity ranges
allow to inject specific colors into the artwork in a very effective, harmonious way. So now we are looking at the final result,
let me just open the folder edit, and if I switch off this folder where I have all the
adjustment layers based on luminosity masks. If I switch it off we can see that this is
the image before the color work and this is the effect I have achieved after when I have
completed the color grading of this image. It would be simply extremely difficult to
perform such a precise and seamless adjustments without the support of luminosity masks. Okay, so let’s now have a quick look and I’m
going to show you all the steps that we’ll perform in the next videos to get to the final
result. So this is the finished edit and let’s just
jump to the initial stage. By hitting ALT key and clicking on this little
eye icon, I’m switching off all the layers, all my adjustments that I have performed and
this is the original image, the starting point that I have exported from the Adobe Camera
Raw . So this is the starting point. Next I have performed a little bit of dodging
and burning and clean up to smoothen up the skin. Next I was working on luminosity adjustments. Let’s just switch on this folder, and this
is my stage after applying luminosity adjustments with luminosity masks. Next I was working on colors, so this is my
color work on this image. Then I applied a little bit of final touches. I have polished the image. I have added a vignette. I have added a matt effect, and I have warmed
up a little bit of the image. So starting from this place, this is our original
image, we are going to walk towards this final result. So let’s move over to the next video and let’s
start the hands-on editing process. See you in the next clip.

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