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Luminosity Masks in darktable

Pat David has a great blog on photoediting in GIMP. I recently read his post on luminosity masks and was fairly impressed. Can darktable do something similar? Yes – they’re a special case of parametric masks. I thought I’d post a quick tutorial on luminosity masks using parametric masks. First, I strongly suggest you read Pat David’s post and thoroughly understand what’s going on. A quick and simplistic explanation follows: Normally, if we make a selection and, say, adjust the brightness dramatically in that selection, we get a sharp (and ugly) transition near the edge of the selection: