Luminosity painting is a convenient and controllable method to adjust brightness and contrast by painting on a layer in Photoshop. As its name implies, it uses the luminosity masks discussed in the Luminosity Masks tutorial to achieve its end result.
The painting occurs on a pixel-containing layer, which is a relatively straightforward process in Photoshop. The pixel-containing layer is called a Burn/Dodge layer. It's created in the following manner:
When finished, the Burn/Dodge layer should resemble the top layer in Figure 2.
For convenience, the link below will download a Photoshop action that will make this layer for you.
Burn/Dodge layer action
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