Select by luminosity Photoshop Layers


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Selecting by luminosity

In some cases you may realize that the area you want to select can be defined based on brightness values. For example, with this photo I have relatively extreme example, of course. But I might want to select the sky, the brightest areas, in order to apply an adjustment there. Or I might want to select the dark areas, the foreground, in order to apply an adjustment that affects only the dark areas. This can be useful, for example, to open up shadow detail, or perhaps to create a silhouette effect of the darker areas of a photo. Let's take a look at a technique we can use to create a selection based on luminosity values or brightness values. I'll start off by creating a copy of my background image layer, because I'm going to apply a very destructive adjustment.

And I certainly don't want to harm my original pixels, so I'll drag the thumbnail from my background image layer down to the Create New Layer button. The blank sheet of paper icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. That will...

Selecting by luminosity
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Selecting by luminosity provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Tim Grey as part of the Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

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