Image editing with luminance masks

Image editing with luminance masks

In the last few years I have been working with image processing based on luminance masks every now and then. Unfortunately, I had to realize for me that the effort was too high.
From my point of view, the effort has decreased over the years, but not to such an extent that this would have motivated me to deal with this kind of image processing in more depth.

Then, last year, I got back into image processing based on luminance masks. Now with Tony Kuyper’s TK8 plugin for Photoshop. TK8 is now the eighth version of this Photoshop plugin.
One of the things that fascinates me about this kind of image editing is the possibility to edit the images on the basis of pixel-based masks. These also have the advantage of a smooth transition of the mask to its image environment.

However, the primary motivation is the selection possibilities that these masks offer. For me, the main focus here is on the luminance masks, the masks based on color tones, and the saturation masks.
This allows you to select and edit specific parts of the image. But the reverse is also possible. To do this, first perform the desired “global” image processing step and then select or mask the desired image area using the mask that is subsequently created. Also, the masks can be combined with each other almost at will.

Actually developed for editing landscape images I use it for image processing of all my digital shots.

If you want to learn more about this form of image processing, we recommend the English page of Tony Kuyper or the German page of André Distel.

The above image of theAdonis floret is processed based on luminance masks.

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