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Luminosity Masks

Posted 02-12-2009 at 01:59 PM by amica999
Updated 02-22-2009 at 05:53 AM by amica999 (Reworked Version)

I have made an action based on the tutorials on Tony Kuipers site


I have added some more midtone masks
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    palms's Avatar
    Thank you a lot Amica will keep you informed on how i get on

    Posted 02-13-2009 at 02:42 AM by palms palms is offline
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    i have just run your action and your dark masks are wrong, the image should get darker with just the darker parts remaining white, yours makes the whole image white
    Posted 02-15-2009 at 11:39 AM by alanH2o alanH2o is offline
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    amica999's Avatar


    Thanks for pionting this out, will have a look
    Posted 02-16-2009 at 12:57 PM by amica999 amica999 is offline
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    0lBaldy's Avatar
    Thanks Amica, you did a bang up job with these!
    They worked as they were supposed to for me..
    A small suggestion.. you might make a comment at the beginning for inexperienced users telling them that they are located in channels, then how to select from channels pallet and use/place the masks on the layer pallet, then how to adjust the curve
    Posted 02-17-2009 at 12:51 PM by 0lBaldy 0lBaldy is offline
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    Thank you OB...I had the action ready for personal use and while chatting with Palms I decided to "publish" it and than thought about some comments, stops, etc. Will rework as soon as I find some time...Especially at the end I noticed that I did not reselect the RGB, so image looks much darker. If you have the time to "make it more fancy" :-) pls feel free to do so.
    Posted 02-19-2009 at 03:56 PM by amica999 amica999 is offline
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    Without fail.. running the actions In CS4 on my MAC i get alerts advising me that the gray layer is not available.

    thus the action will does not produce the desired effect.

    What do I need to know to successfully use these actions?

    Thank you.
    Posted 03-27-2009 at 12:41 PM by _my_pov _my_pov is offline
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    my pov, I am running CS4 and I do not have a mac, unfortunately When running this action your channel palette will show lots of masks, and depending on what you want to do - for example muting highlights - you would ctrl-click on one of the light masks to see if it covers your problem area - if not choose another one. You can always tread the masks with levels to adress your changes - ctrl-click on the desired channel and highlight your rgb composite - go back to your layers palette and click on adjustment layers - curves - your selection will appear in the AL-mask - there you can make your changes. Hope this helps. Send me a notice if not...
    Posted 03-28-2009 at 07:08 PM by amica999 amica999 is offline
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    Drazick's Avatar
    How can I create the Luminosity of a picture?

    Posted 04-15-2009 at 08:09 AM by Drazick Drazick is offline
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    amica999's Avatar

    Not sure if I understand

    Drazick, not sure if I understand your question, but you actually already have luminosity in your picture, you don't need to create it. With this action you can however improve the lights and shadows in your picture.
    Posted 04-15-2009 at 09:49 AM by amica999 amica999 is offline
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    Drazick's Avatar
    I mean, How can I create a layer which is my Luminosity.
    A B/W image which is my current image Luminosity channel.
    Posted 04-15-2009 at 10:09 AM by Drazick Drazick is offline
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    With this action you do not create layers - but channels, which can than be tweaked with adjustment layers. As you will see, there are 12 channels created in the channels palette and depending what you want to do to the image you ctrl-click on one of the channels, be sure your master channel is selected, go back to the layers palette, make a curve adjustment layer and your channel selection will be on the layers mask. Here you can now tweak the curve...
    Posted 04-15-2009 at 03:57 PM by amica999 amica999 is offline
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    amica999, Thank you.

    Everything appears to be running as it should be.
    Posted 06-21-2009 at 07:57 AM by _my_pov _my_pov is offline
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    Iris's Avatar
    Thank you so much for these; I've gotten SO much use out of them already!
    Posted 06-29-2009 at 06:02 PM by Iris Iris is offline
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    amica999's Avatar
    Glad you like it and you are very welcome, my pov and Iris...
    Posted 06-30-2009 at 08:28 AM by amica999 amica999 is offline
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    Posted 07-07-2009 at 01:08 PM by 0lBaldy 0lBaldy is offline
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    Originally Posted by 0lBaldy View Comment
    Thanks OB, Tony must've changed it...
    Posted 07-09-2009 at 03:44 PM by amica999 amica999 is offline
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    crazyfly1's Avatar
    Wow, incredibly useful, thank you!
    Posted 02-22-2010 at 10:50 PM by crazyfly1 crazyfly1 is offline
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    DannyRaphael's Avatar
    Nice action... Very handy tool.

    Personally, I prefer to have individual actions each of which adds a curve adjustment layer with its mask populated accordingly. One can then select the desired action(s) beforehand, then click Play to launch the highlighted action(s). To me this is simpler than having to flip back/forth between the layers and channels palettes to activiate the alpha channels.
    Posted 05-22-2011 at 11:50 AM by DannyRaphael DannyRaphael is offline
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    amica999's Avatar
    Yes, I didn't want to constraint the use to curves only :-)
    Posted 05-22-2011 at 02:38 PM by amica999 amica999 is offline
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    Thanks a ton!
    Posted 06-01-2011 at 07:44 PM by wizzard777 wizzard777 is offline

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