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Luminosity Masking and Blending in Photoshop by Greg Benz

Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 7:00 PM until 9:30 PM

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Event Contact(s):
John E Gayler
Roberto Gonzalez
Monthly Meeting
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Join us on Zoom from 7PM for a welcome, announcements, and the annual PPSCV board elections (5-10 minutes).
The presentation will begin around 7:20PM and run for 80-90 minutes with 10-15 minutes for Q&A and the giveaway raffle.


Join us for a journey into Photoshop to understand Luminosity Masking as applied to many different styles of images.

Greg Benz is a Photoshop Expert, and you will leave with a more detailed understanding of intensity in your images and how to apply selective enhancement to create natural looking images with greater impact.

What are luminosity masks?
Simply put, they're tone-based selections which make it possible to make targeted adjustments to only specific areas of the image. These masks can select the highlights, mid-tones or shadows, without affecting other parts of the photo.
The default selection and mask tools in Photoshop generally create masks that either fully reveal pixels or not at all. This creates hard edges that look retouched. Luminosity masks offer a way to create subtle masks from the image itself, so that the final results look natural and beautiful due to their soft transitions. And since luminosity masks are based on the image, they are a great way to help adjust specific subjects in your image.

How can luminosity masks improve my images?
Luminosity masks can be used anywhere you would use a selection or mask. The advantage is that they offer a much higher quality mask/selection, and they can be used on almost anything. As an example, I shot one RAW image of the Chicago city skyline at sunset, and another RAW of the city lights 30 minutes later. Using luminosity masks, I was able to blend two very different images, pull out the beautiful pink sunset I saw and create an image that recreated how I felt standing there in person. My own personal style tends towards a painterly look, and you could easily process this same scene many different ways with luminosity masks.

What styles of Photography can Luminosity Masks be applied to?
Landscape Photography
Black and White Fine-art Photography
Real Estate Photography
Portraits / Wedding / Sports



Greg Benz is a professional landscape and cityscape photographer, Photoshop instructor, and software developer. He is widely known as the developer of the “Lumenzia” luminosity masking panel for Photoshop.


As an instructor, he strives to help other photographers create beautiful art by sharing the vision, tools, and technique behind his own work. His courses focus on how to utilize luminosity selections to dodge & burn or blend exposures with more natural results. 


Greg is based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He got hooked on photography back in 2000 while living in London for six months and has been obsessed ever since. He has since traveled to roughly 70 countries in search of beauty, new perspectives, and adventure.

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