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Luminosity Masks



  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    Hey James. I've read you post a half dozen times trying to understand what you're trying to do. I sounds like you're trying to brush the luminosity mask in or out but it doesn't work that way. When you brush on a luminosity mask, you actually change the mask by adding or suntracting whatever the brush is set at.

    or, have I just totally misunderstood the problem?

  • Peter Pfeiffer

    Hi Rick, I'm not certain about James .....

    The steps I use wrt luminosity masking:

    • create the mask
    • adjust the sliders to reveal or hide to my liking
    • if that fails I choose to brush at 100% feather and 35-50% opacity painting directly on the mask
    •          maintaining the lumen detail but changes the how much.
  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    Peter, I did a quick test to see how luminosity mask and painting interact just to see if I understand it properly.

    The way I see it, painting changes the mask. The only reason you still see detail is because you're using 50% or less which means that the luminosity levels in the painted areas are reduced by 50% there is still some detail but it's not preserved. The reason I say this is because if I painted OUT on a L/M and the mask wasn't changed, then I should be able to paint IN and reverse what I just did. It doesn't work that way, once it's painted OUT it's changed and you can't get it back without redoing the L/M. Try it at 50% and then switch from IN to OUT 3 or 4 times and you'll see what I mean. Eventually the entire area will even out.


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