Big sale: The Complete Guide to Luminosity Masks video series—$5

Sean Bagshaw’s Complete Guide to Luminosity Masks, 2nd edition is approaching retirement.  These videos have been the definitive resource for understanding luminosity masks for over five years, but time and techniques continue to advance.  The basics of luminosity masks are now pretty much common knowledge, but the methods for using these masks has expanded considerably since the series was released, as has the types of masks available and the different pixel values around which masks can be created.  The series utilized the older TK V4 panel.  It was cutting edge in its day, but it’s also considerably less capable and has fewer masks and features than the current TK7 panel.  So Sean has decided, and I concur, that’s it’s time to sunset this older series and move on to something newer and better.  The older series still has lots of valuable information on how to generate and use luminosity masks, and, before it’s gone completely, Sean is discounting the price to just $5 for photographers who want to add it to their collection.  The sale price on this product will last approximately one month on the Panels & Videos page.  No discount code is needed.

I’m also retiring my TK Actions V5 panel for Photoshop CS6.  The number of CS6 users has dwindled over the last year, and I want to concentrate future panel and plugin development on the current Photoshop platform.  Photoshop CS6 is now seven years outdated and I can’t make a good case for encouraging users to continue using it.  As such, the “CS6 Combo” product will also be on sale for $5 on the Panels & Videos page for anyone still using this version of the software.  It too will be removed in the near future.  NOTE:  If you are using Photoshop CS6, the Basic V6 panel is still available and contains a CS6 version.

This “last chance” sale is prompted by the need to make room for the new video series Sean is working on.  It’s called Luminosity Mask Masterclass and is set to debut in November.   It provides a fresh look at all the different things luminosity and other pixel-based masks can do.  The TK panel has advanced considerably since the last Complete Guide to Luminosity Mask series was released, and Sean’s had several years to refine his approach to using these masks in his workflow.  It all comes together in this new series. The Masterclass course will provide an exciting update that shows how to take the potential of luminosity masks even further. 

9 thoughts on “Big sale: The Complete Guide to Luminosity Masks video series—$5

  1. Good news for TK panel users. Would be also welcome a new version of Developing for extended Dynamic Range. A sort of “Masterclass in Extended Dynamic Range” or so.
    Best regards.


  2. Hi Tony:
    Good to hear about the Master Class videos. Look forward to using them. Please ask Sean to include some work flow examples especially of difficult exposures. Thanks for all the work you and Sean do.
    Best Wishes,


  3. I rarely see luminosity masking applied to B&W processing workflows. Not sure if I haven’t searched hard enough or if it just isn’t used as much for B&W. Consequently, I think it would be great to see Sean work through a couple B&W examples or if you guys feel it is not appropriate, then a discussion of why luminosity masking isn’t used often with B&W images.

    Really looking forward to the Masterclass!


    1. Luminosity masks work great for monochrome images, Dave, and I’ve already spoken with Sean about the need to address this more fully in video format. In addition to making tonal and contrast adjustments using luminosity masks on adjustment layers, luminosity masks themselves can be turned into black and white images (see this blog post: and are also extremely useful for toning and tinting monochrome images (see this blog post:


    1. It’s a more “encyclopedic” series that will let users choose topics specifically interested to them. It will cover newer types of masks, like the color masks that have been added to TK7 last year. It also has details on new techniques for the masks with more info on things like exposure blending.


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