Adjustment layers started out in Photoshop as a way of altering the look of an image without actually changing its pixels. It was the start of non-destructive editing. Now, adjustment layers are everywhere, not just in Photoshop, and for me they are the key to successful image enhancements. There’s a second factor, though – layer masks. Without layer masks, adjustment layers … [Read more...] about The power of adjustment layers and masks
Layers and layer types
Layers come in a couple of different types. There are the image layers we're all used to from all those Photoshop manipulations we've seen countless times, but there are also adjustment and/or effects layers used to change the appearance of a photo rather than combining it with another one.
Adjustment/effect layers are the province of non-destructive image editing tools like Capture One Pro, ON1 Photo RAW, Alien Skin Exposure X and others (regular image-editors like Photoshop and Affinity Photo have them too). The underlying image remains unaltered, and the adjustment layer simply changes its appearance. You can add multiple adjustment layers and used masks to control the areas of they affect. You can change the settings for adjustment layers or removing them completely at any time, right up to the point when you export a final, finished image for sharing or printing.
This tutorial shows how to use the powerful layers, blend modes and masking tools in Luminar 2018, but actually the same principles can be used in other image-editing programs which support image layers. Skylum Luminar downloads and offers I’m going to start with a perfectly pleasant lakeside travel shot and give it a more dramatic Game of Thrones look by adding in a … [Read more...] about How to use layers in Luminar
Very often in landscape photography you get the landscape or the lighting you want, but not the sky. In the perfect world you'd keep going back again and again until everything was perfect. In our not-so-perfect-world, however, it's sometimes useful to be able to add a new sky later, as the final touch to an image that was already 90% of the way there. The trouble with adding … [Read more...] about How to add a new sky to a landscape without selections