Article by Jimmy McIntyre:

Please note, you can download my free luminosity mask actions (and other great actions) that will create the same masks that you see here. You will also receive, once a week, an email from me with free tutorials and articles that I find around the web that I think will help you take your images to the next level – Photoshop Powerpack Actions.

Luminosity masks, as you may already know, are an extremely powerful way of blending exposures to create balanced images. They give us complete control over our workflow, and allow us to really push our creativity, without the need for HDR software.

While I offer free luminosity mask actions, I also think it’s important that digital photographers know how to create luminosity masks for themselves, in order to gain a deeper understanding of the way luminosity masks work.

The actions I create are for English versions of Photoshop, so having this tutorial for public viewing will also help non-English users of Photoshop develop their own luminosity masks.

The video tutorial is taken from The Art of Digital Blending course, sold to 1,000s of photographers worldwide. If it’s time for you to take your imagery into a new, exciting realm, like many others, feel free to check the course out – Luminosity Mask Course

I’m also including some important links to articles for anyone new to luminosity masks:

How Many Exposures Do I Need For Digital Blending?

Luminosity Mask Workflow + How To Remove Lens Flare In Photoshop

Why Use Luminosity Masks in Exposure Blending

The Basics Of Luminosity Masks In Digital Blending

How To Create Luminosity Masks

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