Remove Glow With Luminosity Masks

Remove Glow With Luminosity Masks

Sometimes we are faced with unique challenges in our edits, this tutorial shows a a technique I used to repair an issue I was faced when printing.  

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I took this image into my local professional print lab to have it printed for the Western Australia Professional Photography Awards. The file looked perfect on my calibrated monitor at home, but when it printed there was a glow around the tree that wasn’t noticeable on the digital file, and wouldn’t be ideal for entry into the awards. So I took the file home and firstly had to reveal the issue in a way that allowed me to repair it.

Using a curves adjustment layer I was able to significantly darken the image to reveal the glow. I then created a luminosity mask that selected this glow around the tree to allow me to target this area with an adjustment. Without the darkened curves layer, I was unable to see the glow, so I kept this active while I painted in the repair. This tutorial shows all of the details of how I corrected this issue. It’s not a problem that we’ll face regularly, but is a very handy tool to have on our arsenal.  

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  1. Stephen Lopuck June 9, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

    Aaron, extremely informative demonstration of problem and subsequent deployment of remedies required to solve the predicament encountered.

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