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  • ab (Lab - L) as a layer in RGB file

    Where's Richard Lynch when I need him? He excelled at this sort of thing.

    Not for any particular reason, more just to see if it was possible and what would happen, I'm trying to put just the a and b channels of an RGB file converted to Lab together as a single layer in the original RGB file, preserving their visual color data (as if you viewed the Lab version and turned off the L channel).

    I know I'm missing something obvious, but I can't seem to get it done.

    Any ideas?

  • #2
    Re: ab (Lab - L) as a layer in RGB file

    Try Edit /Select All/ then copy on the a and b channels Then in your RGB version add a blank layer then paste the copied a and the same for b.

    Depending on your blend mode the a and b channels will act as a mask and mute or accent the underlying colour and contrast


    • #3
      Re: ab (Lab - L) as a layer in RGB file

      Here is a different procedure.
      Starting from the LAB version, select the L channel and Edit - Fill 50% Gray. Show all channels, you will see the AB information only.
      Then Select All, Edit - Copy and paste into the RGB version.


      • #4
        Re: ab (Lab - L) as a layer in RGB file

        Hi Doug
        Here is a third way

        - Turn Layer you desire only the A+B channels into a Smart Object
        - Open that Smart Object
        - Convert to Lab Mode
        - In Channels window Select only the L channel
        - Fill with 50% Gray
        - Save Smart Object (Cmd/Ctrl+S)
        - (Optional) - close opened Smart Ojbect
        - Done - The Smart Object Layer in your RGB Layer stack should look as you desired.

        Hope that helps.


        • #5
          Re: ab (Lab - L) as a layer in RGB file

          Doug, I am with John on this. What he describes is called a Nested Smart Object. These allow image modules of different color spaces to be nested inside an RGB image. You can have as many as you like. Moreover you can nest smart objects within nested smart objects as deep as you like...until you run out of computer resources. I have stayed out of your other thread on the current relevance of LAB but I can tell you most of the time when I have a significant amount of D&B to do on an image I do it in LAB color on a nested smart object. And when I need to perform an Asymmetric Frequency Separation where the HF layer needs to be have 0% of color in it, I also perform the separation in LAB on a nested smart object. LAB is the only color space in which this can be performed.
          Cheers, Murray


          • #6
            Re: ab (Lab - L) as a layer in RGB file

            Thanks to everyone. Filling the L channel with 50% gray was the step I was missing.

            Tons of fun putting an ab layer on top of the RGB original and just changing blend modes. Now on to masks


            • #7
              Re: ab (Lab - L) as a layer in RGB file

              Try using calculations combining the a channel and the b channel in one and pasting it over the rgb photo. I find that either soft light or overlay seem to be the best for my taste