Luminosity Mask Tools

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A luminosity mask is basically a black and white rendition of the photo and these masks are great for allowing you to target tonal ranges with specific effects or filters. I quickly show how to make a few quick adjustments in Develop and then jump over to effects to use the Luminosity Mask feature.

Using the new Levels and Window controls in the masking panel will allow you to target your adjustments to just where you want them using luminosity masks.

14 comments on “Luminosity Mask Tools”

  1. On October 9, 2017 at 12:39 pm Jack Larson wrote:

    Could you have copied the first Luminosity Mask, and then pasted it to the Blur effect and Inverted the Mask?

  2. On October 9, 2017 at 2:05 pm David Price wrote:

    Hi Dan,
    I am lucky enough to be using the ‘pre release 2018’, and so far it is impressive. Mind you, I don’t think I have yet done more than, what had become the basics on Photo 10.6.
    You will have to find somewhere on the plus site for these ‘Short Clips’, because they will be very useful as reminders.

    1. On October 10, 2017 at 4:39 pm Stephen Wilks replied:

      Hey Dan,

      Very much agree with David. These “Short Clips” are gems. This new luminosity mask is slick. Please find a place on the Plus site to archive and index these valuable short videos. Love the new features in ON1. Thanks.

    2. On October 11, 2017 at 5:12 am David Price replied:

      Just for info. I am using the 2018 pre-release/Beta, and the new luminosity masking controls are an absolute treat. (Provided that is, that you have a decent difference in luminosity between the areas that you want to select and/or exclude. And, you don’t mind tidying up with a brush, (think the Church Tower and rocks in Dan’s example photo), then the new maks are a quick and effective masking tool).
      If they can also be used with the texture filter. Then replacing skies behind trees, could become much easier than now. Provided of course, that the skies are lighter than the trees.
      Being able to then blend in the edge of the mask, also has great potential.
      Just wish that I also had the necessary imagination, to get the very best out of such a powerful toolbox, :)

    3. On October 11, 2017 at 11:52 am John Brand replied:

      Or you could look on the On1 website where they are listed under “On1 short clips” where everyone can view them.

  3. On October 9, 2017 at 10:35 pm marc labro wrote:

    really nice !
    what is window slider ?
    can we imagine in the future to select zones 1,2,3, 4-5-6, 7, 8, 9 like Blake ZSE 4
    instead of sliders level ?

    best regards

    1. On October 10, 2017 at 1:35 am Petr Krenzelok replied:

      I think that on1 could just add those zone boxes there, to set particular range (would be reflected on slider, which would still allow you to finetune).

    2. On October 10, 2017 at 12:42 pm Matt replied:

      Why do luminosity makes have to be in black and white? I love the idea that LUMIST uses with the zones broken down into their material colors do that you can see, pick and use any color(s) you want to mask and manipulate….seems like an obvious advantage to me.

  4. On October 10, 2017 at 7:54 pm John FitzGerald wrote:

    I strongly agree with the suggestion that these short clips, so useful, should be put into an easily reachable library. Having them all together would be greatly appreciated by many of us devoted On1 “disciples”.

  5. On October 10, 2017 at 9:52 pm Frank Damon wrote:

    I also agree that these short clips must be added to the Plus site under On1 Photo RAW 2018. It is nice to see them now, but when we actually get the update, and we have questions, which we will, this is a terrific resource.

  6. On November 20, 2017 at 7:52 pm info145 wrote:

    This is totally cool, thanks for the tutorial!!! :D

  7. On January 4, 2018 at 11:19 am David Agnelli wrote:

    I save the Short Clips to a folder using my BookMark and Favourites on my browser. Easy to locate and open when required.

  8. On January 11, 2019 at 9:05 am Dunstan Reid wrote:

    Why am I not getting a black and white rendition of the photo after a click on view? I do get the photo with a red mask-like overlay on the photo. What is it that I am not doing right?

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