Luminance Mask - Basic 2017-11-24

Create a simple Luminance Mask

  1. JimFox
    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 2 layers.
    - The top layer is for the Ground (Sky is too bright)
    - The bottom layer is for the Sky (Sky is properly exposed)

    2. Make sure the top layer is selected

    3. Press Play on the Action

    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!
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