Luminosity masks are selections based on the brightness of pixels. They allow you to apply different adjustments to highlights, midtones, and shadows in an image. Luminosity masks don’t alter other features, such as sharpness and colors, nor do they add noise or chromatic aberration.
Using luminosity masks, you have precise control of how much light you want to show through any given layer. Your adjustments will only affect the brightness of the image.
Edit HDR images
Luminosity masks can replace dedicated HDR editors. You can simply edit multiple exposures by adjusting luminosity. It’s a much cleaner process that won’t affect the details, add noise, or create ghosts.
Sometimes the weather conditions for a photo session don’t match your plans. A sky replacement can be a quick fix. Luminosity masks allow you to overlay two different images and reveal a perfect cloudy sky.
Speed Up your workflow with Workspaces
1. Select Luminosity Mask
Add a new Adjustment layer and apply some filters or Looks you like. Then select the new layer, click the brush and choose Luminosity Mask from the Brush drop-down menu.
2. Apply Mask
Wait a few moments and let your Luminosity mask to apply. Click the button with the line between two squares to see the changes.
3. Reveal your mask
To see how Luminosity mask works, click on the brush on the layer you added and choose the brush itself. Then click on the eye icon on the left.
4. Explore all masking tools
After you create the luminosity mask, you can use Luminar’s masking tools by make precise selections. The brush allows you to reveal or hide small parts of an image. The radial mask allows you to reveal or hide a circular area of the image. The gradient mask allows you to gradually reveal or hide rectangular parts.
5. Miscellaneous tools for quick editing
Luminar gives you simple and efficient tools for working with masks. You can see a mask and its effects in fast previews, invert your selection, or delete it in seconds.