Mastering Photoshop Luminosity Masking

Robin Whalley, Landscape Photographer & Author

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19 Videos (1h 11m)
    • Course Trailer

    • Introduction to the Course

    • Introduction, Configuring the Photoshop Workspace

    • Introduction, An Introduction to Masks

    • 4) Section 1, Creating the Lights Masks

    • Section 1, Naming Your Masks

    • Section 1, Creating the Darks Masks

    • Section 1, Creating the Midtone Masks

    • Section 2, Introduction

    • Section 2, Recording the Masking Actions

    • Section 2, Organising Actions

    • Section 3, Introduction

    • Section 3, Converting Channels to Masks

    • Section 3, Merging Selections for Flexibility

    • Section 4, Introduction

    • Section 4, Combining and Aligning Images

    • Section 4, Applying the Masks

    • Section 4, Adjusting the Image

    • Bonus Lesson


About This Class

Welcome to Mastering Photoshop Luminosity with Robin Whalley.

Get ready to learn the powerful techniques of Luminosity Masking. These are the same techniques used by some of today’s very best photographers and digital artists. Techniques that can substantially improve your photography and help you exploit the power of Photoshop.

Many people like to make these techniques appear overly complex. Allow me to show you how simple they can be and how easy Luminosity Masks are to create. You’ll be amazed at what we can achieve in this short course.

Together, we will work on two class projects. A beautiful landscape sunrise.


And a challenging shot from below a pier.


Best of all, you don't need the latest version of Photoshop for this course. It will work with versions from 5, 10 or even 15 years back.

Class Outline

Here's how the course is structured:

Course Introduction

Photoshop is a wonderful and powerful tool. But it can also be confusing and difficult to learn. These lessons familiarise you with the Photoshop tools we will be using in the course. We also cover the basics of Photoshop Layer masks to ensure you understand the essential elements.

Section 1 – Creating Luminosity Masks

Here you will learn to create detailed and complex masks, with ease and in seconds. By the end of this section, you will have created a complete set of Luminosity Masks for our image.

Section 2 – Automating the Process

Having learned in the previous section of the course how to generate Luminosity Masks, the lessons in this section show you how to automate the process. By the end of the section, you will have a set of Photoshop Actions you can use to create Luminosity Masks for any image, with a single click of your mouse.

Section 3 – Image Editing with Luminosity Masks

Now that you can generate Luminosity Masks in seconds, this section looks at how to use them. Here you will learn how to target adjustments to specific areas of an image. You will also learn a simple technique for combining your Luminosity Techniques with selection tools, like the Lasso Tool, for even greater flexibility.

Section 4 – Exposure Blending with Luminosity Masks

One of the most common applications of Luminosity Masks is exposure blending. Have you had that experience where a scene such as a sunset, looks beautiful but your photograph looks ugly? This usually happens when the exposure range is too much for the camera to handle.  By using Luminosity Masks to blend together images with different exposures, we can capture these amazing scenes. This is one of the most powerful “secrets” used by many professional photographers.

Bonus Lesson

I intended to end the course after Section 4, but I couldn’t resist sharing another powerful technique. But I’m not going to reveal it here. You need to watch the first four sections to take advantage of this.

I hope you enjoy the course.





Robin Whalley

Landscape Photographer & Author

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