Article By Jimmy McIntyre

In today’s video we look specifically at luminosity masks and exposure blending a beautiful sunset. We look at some more advanced techniques here, learning how to create a realistic, natural blend. A big thank you to Hermann Forster for the images. If you’re new to masking, a technique I teach in my courses, I encourage you to watch my last Challenge Jimmy video, Blend ANY Exposures With This Tip in Photoshop Including Interior Photos.

I take this a step further in today’s video by introducing double processing, where we duplicate the dark layer and use this to further restore our highlights. You do not need Raya Pro or InstaMask to follow this video, I show you how to do it without the panels.

In the video we also use an entirely non-destructive workflow, and since we are working on smart objects and refining our RAW files in Adobe Camera RAW, we come out with the best possibility of creating a clean image.

I hope you enjoy the video.