Step 8: The light layer

Picture of The light layer
This process is almost exactly the same as adding the dark layer but with a few notable exceptions. Open the light stock image, paste it into a new layer in the composite and desaturate the stock image as before.

Now, the desaturated image is not quite ready for being used as a layer mask. Remember the white parts make the image opaque, and black makes it transparent. If you used this as a layer mask, it would use the bright parts of the bright image and the dark parts of the dark image- the exact opposite of what we want. To rectify this, invert the greyscale image (Layer -> Colors -> Invert). If your image needs brightening, do the curves operation as before- mine didn't, so I skipped this step.

Copy the bright layer mask image, create a layer mask on the light layer and paste the bright layer mask image into it as before. This should make the brighter parts of the composite image mroe vibrant- it usually has the effect of making daytime sky more vivid blue, increasing the colour gradient and decreasing wash-out.
aoakes23 years ago
This tutorial is completely unclear from step to step, in particular from step 8 to 9 where there seems to be a step missing!
zerolols6 years ago
I would love to be nice about these directions, but I cannot be constructive because I did not find them useful. I have effectively produced an image worse than the 3 I started out with using your directions, because they are not clear.
PKM (author)  zerolols6 years ago
I wrote this Instructable ages ago, and coming back to it I sometimes think "How on earth did I write so much about such a simple process?" I'm probably going to strip out and rewrite the instructions, in a simpler manner.
joshmatix PKM6 years ago
These instructions are great for someone who is familiar with GIMP. Thank you. I think you should state that upfront, so people have their expectations set right. Thanks for taking the time. I found it very usefull.