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Course Description

A course that will help you to elevate your work to a new level of professionalism!

If you take portrait photographs, there is a simple trick that you can use to make your photos so much more striking.

It’s called a luminosity mask and it is a highly effective tool that you can use in Photoshop to make a big difference in your portrait photography.

If you have already learned to use your camera and have figured out the basics of Adobe Photoshop, luminosity masks are the next level.

When you learn how to use luminosity masks in your photo editing, you’ll be able to perform advanced adjustments and have more control over the finished product. You can then create stunning portraits that have a professional look and feel.

What is a Luminosity Mask?

A luminosity mask is a powerful image editing tool that allows you to make tone-based selections so that you can alter only specific tones of the image. So, you can select certain tones in the image and only make adjustments to those areas.

For example, in a landscape, you could use a luminosity mask to make adjustments to only the highlights where the sun hits the tops of the mountains. When used in portrait photography, it allows you to have more control over the lighting of your images and truly bring out the beauty of your subject.

There are three different types of Luminosity masks:

  • Darks (Shadows)
  • Midtones
  • Brights (Highlights)

These masks are not found in a menu within Photoshop – they need to be manually created by making selections within the RGB channels. They are an advanced technique that requires some understanding of how to use Photoshop.When you first start using luminosity masks it can be confusing to understand how they work and how to apply them. 

This in-depth course, “Master your Portraits with Luminosity Masks” will teach you everything you need to know about how to use this editing technique to enhance your portraits. If you are interested in learning about luminosity masks, this is the ideal training course to help you improve your skills.

This course offers many advantages, such as:

  • It explains photo editing in an easy, straightforward way – making complex techniques easier to grasp.

  • You’ll learn how to approach your photo editing workflow in a comprehensive way so that you have an action plan for what to do.

  • The course explains how to work with Masks and Adjustment Layers confidently so that you can craft the perfect photograph.

  • You will also learn how to automate these tasks so that you can use Free Photoshop Actions to make advanced adjustments with just one click.

  • Kasia supplies you with a high quality supporting images that you can practice on.

  • She also offers high resolution layered TIFFs, which you can access at any time to see the final edits and understand each step that was taken in order to achieve the effect.

One of the great things about this course is that it doesn’t just explain how to make the adjustments, it also explains why you should apply them in the first place. It helps you to have a better understanding of the entire photo editing process.

This helpful and comprehensive course will teach you how to approach your photo editing workflow in a comprehensive way, giving you the tools you need to create gorgeous portraits that you will be truly proud of.

What will I learn?

  • Visually evaluate an image and set an "action plan" for the edit

  • Create a complete set of Luminosity Masks in manual way or automate it with Free Photoshop Action

  • Perform advanced adjustments fast with Luminosity Masks

  • Work with confidence with Masks and Adjustment Layers

  • Work in a non-destructive way with the use of most powerful Photoshop Tools

  • Create "pixel-perfect", extremely precise selections with a single click!

What Students say

"Good explanation of luminosity and color. Downloadable images are very helpful. The clip on creating the different luminosity masks was really interesting. Very useful course and quite a bargain. Robert Williams


"One of the best tutorials I have taken in general. I have taken several tutorials on Luminosity Masking and this one provides a workflow that makes sense and easier to understand. Thanks. Joel Schesser


"Awesome course i recommend it , for every one want to makes Portraits in a beautiful artistic way. Adil Kima


"Best theoretical explanation of how channels underly luminosity masks. It has made all of the videos and courses I have watched suddenly make sense. The first few sessions are just what I needed to do more than watch videos. I expect to be able to use luminosity masks effectively by the end of this course. Phillip Ziegler


"Kasia Zmokla is a very gifted teacher and educator. the course is build up perfectly and she always repeat the important stuff again and again. She is working very logically with the pictures and explain why and how she will proceed. Her understanding of photoshop is high so she can explain complicated task in a simple way for everybody to understand. Working with luminosity mask is a powerful tool and I can't wait to start practise on my own work. Only cons, I can say about this is that there are a little to many word. please take a little longer breaks between sentence, vary your tone of voice and maybe cut back on repeating everything. Thank you for your great educating - it is a pleasure to follow your courses. Kenneth Kisbye - photographer, Denmark


"Excellent Course. Good instruction and the instructor was nice enough to provide source file to follow along. Keith


"Working professional made easy. Wendy Whose


"Very pleased with the professionalism of this course and this is a technic that I will most certainly will be using on my portraits. Csaba Fazekas


"High quality course with in-depth explanations of the value of using luminosity masks in a workflow. I definitely recommend this course to anyone wanting to use some of Photoshop's most powerful tools to achieve a creative vision. John McCown


"Luminosity Masks is an essential technique for tone and luminosity mapping that most students don't know about. Venture into this course to grasp an in depth concept of this technique, which can be use to obtain very precise selections out of your images.. And of course, Kasia is probably the best instructor around for teaching you this technique. Extensive knowledge and high quality instructions define her into the great teacher she is. I recommend this course to anyone. Sandro Cabrera

  • Kasia Zmokla

    Instructor Bio:

    Kasia is a fine art photographer, designer and video creator with 20 years experience working in the Graphic Design industry. She worked full time for design studios in Poland, Ireland and Malta and independently as an artist, photographer and freelance designer for numerous clients around the world. Her work is displayed internationally including the Asia Contemporary Art Gallery in Singapore. Kasia is a founder of Digital Art Classes where she makes complex concepts easy to grasp. She is also an active contributor to several photo stock agencies including Alamy and Stockimo. Born in Poland. She received her formal training at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, Poland and graduated as a Master of Fine Arts in 2003.

    Kasia Zmokla

    Photographer & Educator

    Kasia Zmokla

Course curriculum

  • 01
    1. Promo video
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  • 02
    2. Everything You need to Know about Luminosity Masks
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  • 03
    3. Luminosity Masks in Action - Edit 1
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  • 04
    4. Luminosity Masks in Action - Edit 2
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    • Quick image evaluation
    • Luminosity Enhancements with LM
    • Vignette Effect
    • Quick image revision & selecting Channel for Color Grading
    • Color Grading with LM
    • Final Touches
  • 05
    5. Resources
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