Luminance Masking 3 Layer
You will be able to create a simple Luminance Layer Mask. This will increase the dynamic range of your image.
It requires the following on your part in Photoshop:
1. A photo that has 3 layers.
- The top layer is the Brighest
- The middle layer is Half way between the Bright and Dark layers
- The bottom layer is the Darkest
2. Make sure the top layer is selected
3. Press Play on the Action
4. The Action will leave your Layers open, and you can further paint on the Layer Masks to adjust to your taste.
To Install this Action:
First download it to your computer, you can download it into the location listed below or you can copy it there after downloading.
- Photoshop CS 6
Windows: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6\Presets\Actions
- Photoshop CC
Windows: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC*<version>\Presets\Actions
Mac: <Username>/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CC*<version> Presets\Actions
Next you have to load it into Photoshop itself:
If you don't have the Actions Panel open already -
Click on the Windows Menu, then click on Actions
In the Actions Panel in the upper right part of the panel you will see a down arrow next to 3 horizontal bars, click on that.
A pop up menu will appear, click on "Load Actions" part way down the list.
A Browser Window will open, just click on the Action set that you want to load.
How to use an Action:
Select the Action you want to use in the Action Panel by clicking on it. Then at the bottom of the Actions Panel, click on Play. That's it!