Since publishing the original tutorial on luminosity masks in 2006, many people have written to ask for help learning these techniques and implementing them in their workflow. Over the years I have offered actions, PDFs, and Photoshop extension panels to make it easy to start using luminosity masks. The latest offerings are below. They work equally well on Mac and Windows computers and there are options specific for Photoshop CC, Photoshop CS6, and Photoshop Elements.
I've also partnered with Sean Bagshaw who has created several excellent video series to explain luminosity masks and related techniques. His videos can be purchased below as well. Other international partners include André Distel in Germany, Antonio J. Prado in Spain, David Vercruysse in France, and Roy Yuan in China. The buttons below provide access to the panel and the teaching materials they have developed.
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REFUNDS are not available except in special situations. In order to try before you buy, download the free Basic V6 panel first. It contains a panel and videos similar to the full version to show how easy it is to use luminosity masks with a TKActions panel.
Discounts based on the number of items purchased are available by copying the corresponding code below to the "Discount Code" box in the shopping cart.
Two items purchased (15% discount)--LMTK15off
Three items purchased (20% discount)--LMTK20off
Four items purchased (25% discount)--LMTK25off
Actions for Photoshop Elements--Luminosity actions recorded to specifically work in Photoshop Elements. Includes instructions PDF, four (4) different action sets for creating luminosity masks as adjustment layers and as active selections (rollover
for complete list).
(NOTE: This item does not include a custom panel for running the actions.)
TK Basic V6 panel
Includes the new TKActions Basic V6 panel to easily make 16-bit luminosity masks using a real-time, mask-based interface.
User interface, workflow sections, core processor, and deployment options mirror the V6 RapidMask2 module.
Also contains instructions PDF, installation guides, best practices for color management, and training videos by Sean Bagshaw.
Panels for both Photoshop CC and CS6 are included in the download folder.
This is a good option for Photoshop users new to luminosity masks to see how easy it is to work with these techniques using a TKActions extension panel.
TKActions V6 panel for Photoshop CC
Includes all modules for the TKActions V6 panel−RapidMask2,
Instructions PDF, installation directions, color set-up info, and introductory videos by Sean Bagshaw are included.
Works on both Mac and Windows computers. However, the V6 panel is only for Photoshop CC. It will not work in Photoshop CS6.
Mask-based interface using 16-bit luminosity masks.
Makes all types of pixel-based masks, like color, channel, and saturation masks, not just luminosity masks.
Rapid Mask engine−Generates individual masks (Lights, Darks, Zones) at near real-time speeds from all data sources.
All masks can be infinitely modified, and, with the Advanced Mask Calculator, combined through addition, subtraction, or intersection.
Dedicated 16-bit workflow insures the best masks from creation through deployment.
Multiple output options including layer masks on adjustment and pixel layers.
Layer Mask Mode to immediately see the results in the image of adding different masks to the active layer.
Runs many Photoshop functions with a single button click.
Includes numerous actions for creative post-processing.
Quick web-sharpening for one image or entire folders of images.
Compact footprint with smart menus that close when not needed.
After installation of the CC panel, use the "TK" button in the Combo module settings to access instructions and additional free content.
NOTE: Check out Sean Bagshaw's "V6 Video Guide" below for complete video instruction for the V6 panel.
V6 Video Guide--Sean Bagshaw's video series providing a full overview of the TKActions V6 panel.
22 video tutorials that cover installing, features, button-by-button details, and how to use the TKActions V6 panel.
3+ hours of in depth instruction.
MP4 format for compatibility with most video players.
Practice images included.
NOTE: This does not include the panel. That's available separately above or in a combo product below.
TKActions V6 panel for Photoshop CC + Sean Bagshaw's V6 Video Guide
All "Complete Workflow" videos by Sean Bagshaw
Sean Bagshaw has made a complete workflow video series for the last three TKActions panels. Each is full of ideas for using luminosity masks and other techniques to create extraordinary images. In each multi-chapter series, flat RAW files lacking color and contrast are expertly transformed into dynamic images with dramatic light, contrast, and color. The TKActions panel is used throughout the process showing its role in a creative workflow. Click the thumbnails above to see samples from each series.
Includes 3 complete videos series--Secret Beach (uses V4 panel), Northland (uses V5 panel), and the newest, Lake Bled (uses V6 panel).
RAW files included to follow along from start to finish.
Sean's provides the back-story and insightful thought process behind how to develop each image.
Demonstration of Sean's unique process for creating dramatic skies that blend perfectly with the rest of the image.
An in depth look at using masks, brushes, and organized layers in a non-destructive image-developing process.
Numerous examples of generating, selecting, and applying different luminosity masks to produce targeted effects in the image.
Extensive use of the TKActions panel provides creative control within Photoshop.
Over 6 hours of high quality video instruction by one of the leading teachers in landscape photography today.
NOTE: Each video series has its own download link and download folders vary in size ranges from 1 to 4.8 gigabytes. A high-speed internet connection is needed to download this collection of videos.
TKActions V5 panel for Photoshop CS6+ Sean Bagshaw's V5 Video Guide
Includes the TKActions V5 panel designed to work in Photoshop CS6 see it here .
Includes Sean Bagshaw's V5 Video Guide for detailed instructions on using the V5 panel.
Generates advanced 16-bit luminosity masks, runs Photoshop, plays creative actions, perfectly sharpens images for the web, and much more.
Performs most of the same functions at the V6 panel but uses modules that still work in Photoshop CS6.
Instructions PDF, color management practices for luminosity masks, and PDF versions of
all tutorials on my website are included. (NOTE: Instructions and videos use the V5 panel for PS CC for illustration and demonstration as this was the most common version distributed when these materials were produced.)
NOTE: This panel will NOT work in PS CC. If upgrading to PS CC, contact me for CC panel update options.
Provides an alternate method for creating self-feathering, pixel-based masks from mutiple channels using a 32-bit plug-in.
Shows the user a real-time view of the mask as it's created.
33% discount if purchased with TKActions V6 panel. Use discount code: TKIM33off
NOTE: This panel will NOT work in Photoshop CS6.
Complete Guide to Luminosity Masks, 2nd edition--Sean Bagshaw's video series providing a comprehensive overview of luminosity masks and their creative use in image processing. samples
Over 4 hours of video in 27 segments.
MP4 format for compatibility with most video players.
Sample images to allow users to work along with the videos.
Topics range from the construction of luminosity masks to their artistic application with different adjustment layers.
A complete resource for luminosity masks techniques ranging from basic to advanced.
NOTE: This series uses the TKActions V4 panel, a copy of which is included in the download folder.
Extended Dynamic Range, 2nd edition--Sean Bagshaw's updated series covering the best techniques for realistically improving and extending dynamic range using Lightroom and Photoshop. (NOTE: Uses the version-3 TKActions panel for demonstration, but the techniques are directly applicable to the V5 panel.)samples
36 video tutorials covering a variety of methods using single- and multiple-exposures to enhance dynamic range. This is a natural extension of what luminosity masks can do and many segments utilize them to blend exposures and control light in various tonal ranges.
4 hours of instruction.
1440 x 900 resolution.
Thank you for your support and best wishes for good light −Tony Kuyper