Photoshop Solutions

  1. Photoshop’s masking capabilities add strong drama and impact to your fine art images.
  2. We’ve developed a tone mapping process called Smart Masking.
    1. We combine the Lasso tool with Refine Edge to create a relatively exact mask of a selected yet complex region on a layer.
    2. With the Curves tool, we modify the image for each sub-area mask, lightening to draw the eye or darkening to repel the eye. This process leads you through the image.
  3. The Layer Mask can be moved from the layer to the Curves tool to selectively modify each sub region within the image.
  4. Smart Masking can also aid subtle color changes with the Hue-Saturation-Luminosity (HSL) tool using the process described above.
  5. Both Curves and HSL tools work with the targeted assessment tool (TAT).
    1. The TAT tool acts somewhat like a paintbrush.
    2. Place the cursor over a region where you want to change any of the three HSL variables, then move the cursor and watch color changes to see if they are sympathetic.
    3. The TAT tool also works in Lightroom; but the greater masking precision in Photoshop ‘sharpens’ your painting effect.
  6. 3-D Sharpening.
    1. The eye is drawn to lighter and sharper areas.
    2. With Pixel Genius Photokit Sharpener, we pick out the most prominent area and sharpen it.
    3. Then we diminish the opacity, sharpening a less important area, successively lowering the 3-D effect.
  7. With Photoshop, the basic HDR image is selectively modified with masks and adjustment tools for each region as an individual layer.

About Joe 

Photographer, author, teacher with enhanced skill creating Award-Winning Photos. Joe uses Luminosity Masking and CFAM-Creating Fine Art Magic for his work!