How to Color grade using Luminosity-Masks

Feb 21, 2017

Stefan Kohler

Stefan Kohler is a full-time retoucher. He’s from Germany and likes bacon. In the last years, he built up a broad community around his retouching classes at the Infinite tool’s website. You can follow his work oninstagram.

How to Color grade using Luminosity-Masks

Feb 21, 2017

Stefan Kohler

Stefan Kohler is a full-time retoucher. He’s from Germany and likes bacon. In the last years, he built up a broad community around his retouching classes at the Infinite tool’s website. You can follow his work oninstagram.

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As you probably know, I am a bit obsessed with colors lately. While I was obsessively looking around and searching and asking people until they didn’t answer my requests anymore, something popped up and I have to share it because it’s simple and brilliant:

Color Grading using luminosity masks.

Zoë Noble just released a 10-minutes tutorial on Youtube, explaining the process on a very nice beauty-image.

In the Video, Zoë explains the basics of luminosity masking. It’s basically a selection based on the brightness of an area. With a luminosity mask for shadows, for example, you can just grade the shadows of your image. The provided actions create various masks for all luminosity-zones automatically, which is pretty cool, because it a lot of clickediclick to do it manually.

The changes are very subtile and that’s what I really like about this video: It’s a very respectful and nice way to deal with an image. All these little changes are pushing the image quite a bit in the right direction.

If you’ve never heard about Zoë, you might want to visit her Portfolio – be warned, it’s pretty awesome – or subscribe to her YouTube-Channel. Zoë Noble is not just “a retoucher publishing random thoughts on youtube”, she’s actually one of the few who really work in the industry AND sharing her knowledge. After 6 years of refining her skills as a digital designer and art director in London, for fashion brands such as Vogue, Glamour, GQ and ASOS, Zoë moved to Berlin in 2011 and turned her passion for photography into a career – and you can find some pretty impressive names on her clients list – again.

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One response to “How to Color grade using Luminosity-Masks”

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    Jon Kellett

    Great tutorial!