Complex Cloning Made Easy With Luminosity Masks

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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.


  1. Brian Mann September 14, 2017 at 8:31 am #

    Brilliant !!!!! so simple and so effective yet another fab tutorial ,Your a genius .Who would have thought cloning could be made so simple

    • Aaron Dowling Photography September 14, 2017 at 8:34 am #

      Thanks Brian, it’s funny, I do so many things during my edits that I don’t really give much thought to. I did this one the other day again and thought this may be a useful tip.

  2. Terry Boyd September 14, 2017 at 8:46 am #

    Echoing Brian’s comment above, Aaron – just brilliant! This is going to solve problems I have with a heap of images that have frustrated me for ages. Thanks yet again, mate.

    • Aaron Dowling Photography September 14, 2017 at 8:49 am #

      Thanks Terry, I will be paying a lot more attention to a lot of the little things I do in the future.

  3. Michael Little September 24, 2017 at 9:46 pm #

    That was really helpful. I run into this problem a lot and didn’t know the mask would limit an area in cloning. Thanks Aaron!

    • Aaron Dowling Photography September 30, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

      Thanks Michael, I am glad that you find it useful. It’s one of those great tools to have in our arsenal in those tricky situations.

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