Luminance Mask - Basic

Luminance Mask - Basic 2017-11-24

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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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