Masking - powerful but missing basics?

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    Elena Blum

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you very much for your feedback! Our main aim is to bring our customers innovative and unique tools that were never seen before. We are constantly updating our software to improve the stability of it and to make the user experience better. So other additional functions are yet to come.

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    Dave Marcus

    Hi Elena,

    I get it   But this seems so very very large and basic a gap—and masking supports so many of your features.  I can put a giraffe on my deck in a snap, but I can’t get a good mask of the deck — all the deck, hard edges, nothing but the deck except with what seems like an arduous process  

    Dave

    but I will add that copy and paste of masks is great, once you have it  

     

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    Charles Ellsworth

    Dave, I too would like to see more powerful masking features. The brush tool in Luminar is OK, but seems clumsy to use for fine selections or for making a graduated selection. I do understand that Skylum has many areas they are working on, so hopefully masking features will be addressed in the near future.

    I have been experimenting with the Topaz Mask software, and it works like magic. I also really like the control points that are used in the Nik software (Color Efex, etc.).

    In Luminar, I know that there is a luminosity-based masking technique, but I have not been able to figure out how to use it properly. Perhaps I need to check that out some more.

     

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    Dave Marcus

    Charlie, the resource I found for. luminosity masking is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBTqPye2NLA

    Jim uses an older version but it all seems to apply.  This seems fairly nifty.  Worth pointing out that combining it with the layer's Adjustment Amount control would give more control.

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    Charles Ellsworth

    Excellent -- thank you. That is a great find. Jim Nix is a skilled presenter as well. 

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    Charles Ellsworth

    See Jim Nix's luminosity masking video on Luminar 4 (current version) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF0UbjIailE

    Really, the Luminar luminosity masking tool has not changed since Jim's previous video, but thought that I would add the updated link.

    The Luminar luminosity masking tool is very basic and doesn't allow for any user input, but can still be super useful. Jim explains his approach very well. I see that Jim Nix has other Luminar 4 videos on masking techniques (brush, radial filter, gradient) that are very well done (Jim is excellent). I use all of those masking techniques frequently, but I find it still helpful to watch the videos, as I tend to get into a rut on how I use the tools and ignore some of the features. For instance, the Luminar masking has "feather" and "density" features that I had looked at initially, but then promptly ignored. 

    By the way, I see that Jim Nix also has instructional videos on Topaz products, which I have started using in conjunction with Luminar.

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    Dave Marcus

    Thank you, Charles. Are you using either Topaz products or Luminar products as plug-ins to each other?

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    Charles Ellsworth

    Dave, I just purchased the Topaz products (Studio 2, Adjust and Denoise) a couple of weeks ago, so have not yet had time to figure stuff like that out. I am at this moment looking at Jim's videos on Topaz, and I see where he shows where you can access other Topaz products as plug-in layers from Studio 2. That is a great feature.

    I have not ever tried to use Luminar as a base for plug-ins, as my normal workflow is to use Photoshop and then Luminar/Topaz etc. as plug ins from there. For sure there might be better ways of combining the tools. Lots of possibilities.

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    Rebecca Saltonstall

    I've been using Topaz AI Clear for several months and am impressed how it cleans up noise and artifacts in most images beautifully. Their new denoise and sharpening software are also good. The issue is integrating these programs together as part of one's independent workflow. Any ideas or suggestions out there? I'm new to Luminar 4 and haven't worked all this out, but I like different aspects of each different piece of software. A smooth interaction within my workflow would be ideal.

     

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    Dave Marcus

    Your mileage may vary, but I have found that all my Topaz progras* are installed as plug-ins for Luminar 4.2, under Edit > Plugins > Other.  (After I use each the first time, it moves so that it is directly under Plugins.)

    *I have Studio 2, Lens Effects, Sharpen, Mask, Adjust, DeNoise, and B&W.  I have tried about half of them via Luminar (incl Studio 2) and they work seamlessly.

     

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