Black Canyon of the Gunnison – Layer Mask Tutorial

I thought I would bring you back to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison today and use this opportunity to give you a quick Photoshop tutorial on using a layer mask and also how to process this with the onOne Perfect Photo Suite 6 using Perfect Layers.  This image from the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison at Island Peaks viewpoint.  The deep darkness of the canyon and the bright daylight of the sky make for very contrasting exposures and so you have to use either a GND filter or take two separate images.  I didn’t have the proper GND filters with me on this day so I chose to take two separate images for this image.  One image was exposed for the sky and the other image exposed for the canyon.

Here’s the final image:

Black Canyon of the Gunnison - ©2012 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved

Click to Enlarge - Black Canyon of the Gunnison - ©2012 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved

Here’s the video tutorial on how to perform a layer mask in Photoshop:

Here’s the same layer mask function using the onOne Perfect Photo Suite 6 – Perfect Layers

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Sunflower Sunset - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge - Sunflower Sunset - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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  • Great clouds and colors Rick. Nice to see this view without the sun in my face ; )

  • Lovely scene in this shot, Rick. Very nice tutorials as well. Would love to visit that area someday.

  • So cool Rick! I need to get back out to Colorado! haha

  • Beautiful image Rick. And thanks for sharing that great tutorial.

  • Nice set of videos man. I have yet to get he new phototools. It looks awesome.

  • Great image Rick and the tutorial rocks.

  • Great shot and awesome videos too man! Thanks for the tip!

  • nicely done Rick and thanks for sharing the tutorial!