Complex Cloning Made Easy With Luminosity Masks
Cloning in Photoshop can be complex, time consuming, if not at times near impossible when we’re working along highly detailed edges. This tutorial shows how we an use luminosity masks to control the areas being effected.
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When a selection is made in Photoshop cloning is restricted to only work within the active selected area. We can extend the power of this by making selections with luminosity masks to control the area being effected.
In this example I use a lights luminosity mask to make a selection of the sky and the reflection. I then create a curves adjustment layer allowing me to further modify the mask using the dodging tool built into Photoshop to modify and perfect the mask, ensuring that only the sky is effected and the trees and their reflection will not be affected.