brewer wrote: Yes John, I wish his photoshop CS3 actions would work in PSE. What he shows is certainly doable in PSE, especially with some of the add-ons like HiddenElements. Sure seams like the actions could be adapted to work in PSE somehow. I would think you could do a Select>Save Selection ... command, I haven't saved selections before and I was having a hard time keeping his different kinds of masks straight and saving them as different kinds of Saved Selections.
As usual trying to translate CS tutorials into Elements may not be the simplest method. As a matter of fact, very often a typical PSE way may be much simpler and as effective.
Have a look at this thread:viewtopic.php?f=18&t=3308&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=luminosity+mask
Creating a luminosity mask does not require any action nor curves. Just use a gradient map. I had saved a set of standard luminosity mask gradient masks (just another kind of interface than curves) for highlights, midtones and shadows. Now I mainly use a tweakable gradient map with 4 or 5 stops to define what should be masked.