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Precision Masks UXP

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How To Use Precision Masks

Raya Pro Tutorial - Precision Masks

Video Content

  • 0:34 – Tooltips
  • 1:09 – Auto Dark
  • 1:30 – Cycle Through Created Masks
  • 2:03 – Adjusting Masks
  • 2:15 – Applying Masks
  • 2:25 – Auto Bright
  • 3:32 – Fixing a Dark Blend

Older Precision Mask Tutorial

Blend ANY Exposures With This Tip in Photoshop Including Interior Photos

Written Instructions for Precision Mask tutorial

Precision Masks are a simplified exposure blending tool. They create exactly the same 16 bit luminosity masks as InstaMask, however, they allow for a different workflow.
With InstaMask, we work exclusively on the mask, crafting it, shaping it. With Precision Masks, we get to see how the mask works in real time on our layer.

To use PMs, place your normal exposure on the bottom of the layers panel. Place the darker exposure on top of that. And if you have a brighter exposure, place that on the very top.
Make the brighter exposure invisible, select the darker exposure, and press Auto Dark.
Then press the number buttons to the right and cycle through the masks to see which looks best on your layer.
Edit will allow you to make finer adjustments to the mask with a Levels dialogue.
Once you’re done, press Select.
For the brighter exposure, select it, make it visible, and press Auto Bri. Repeat the steps you followed for Auto Dark.

Fix Dark Blend

Often when we blend a darker exposure into a normal exposure, we may find the final results looks flat, or just plain bad. This is because we have not prepared our RAW files correctly in Photoshop (I teach this in the Raya Pro course:

A different way of improving the blend is by selecting the darker exposure and pressing Fix. Then we can cycle through the numbers to the right until we find one that works. Press Select when you’ve found the correct one.

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