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Saving Masks in LightMachine?

Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2005 9:20 pm
by handfp

I've just downloaded the demo of LightMachine, which I found very impressive.

I was wondering if there is a way of saving out the masks created by the software to allow further processing of the shadow/highlight areas of an image outside of the plugin?

Keep up the good work!

Frank Hand

Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2005 10:38 pm
by HaraldHeim
Yes, you can use LightMachine as a pure masking plugin. I planned to include some instructions for that in the manual, but the time was too short.

There are two possibilities:

1. Dublicate the image on a layer, run LightMachine, activate the S button, adjust the sliders and press OK. As a result you will have the shadow areas on a layer. You can do the same with another layer and the H button to have the highlight areas on another layer. I would neverthless advice you to keep the background image, because some areas may be transparent on both shadows and highlight layers.

2. Activate the P button in LightMachine and press OK. That will give you the shadow/highligh mask. You can then use it as a layer mask by copying it into the layer mask channel.

Afterwards you can still use LightMachine's Brightness/Contrast (Pro) mode on the layer(s) that you created with the help of LightMachine.

Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2005 12:29 am
by handfp
Hi Harry,

Many thanks for the prompt reply. The solution was so simple! I have just ordered LightMachine.