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Gamut Mask Tool For Photoshop by smilinweapon Gamut Mask Tool For Photoshop by smilinweapon
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I want to share with you this PSD I made after reading Color and Light by James Gurney. If you have read the book you already know what this is all about and why it is so important. If you haven't and you are struggling with picking good colors for your paintings, I highly recommend you spend a few minutes checking out the links I put at the bottom of this page. Special thanks to for helping me make this. :) If for any reason you are confused on how to use this PSD. Send me a note or message me on Facebook.

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Check out James Gurney explains warm and cool gamut mapping Video From imaginefx:…

To learn more about gamut masking and James Gurney himself check out his amazing blog:

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Gamut Masking Method:…

The concept of Gamut masking (and much more) is best explained in his book Color and Light:…
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scryff01 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018
Thank you very much.   I have just bought the James Gurney 'Color of Light' (superb reading) and like you said Gamut Masking is so important for picking good colors.
I was struggling with how to apply the Gamut Mask.      This really helped.    
I applied your download to PS used the Edit/Free Transform tools to scale and rotate and Bingo.   Thanks again.
moko-oxygen Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's awesome! thanks!
Xiz0r Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is super useful - thank you!
RennaLorie Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the awesome tool! I've been following Gurney and he has some of the best advice out there!
Sebastien-Ecosse Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your amazing work guys!
Sixtine-D Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks, really nice tool! :)
michaelr Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for doing this.
Xaru666 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a ton for the gamut mask, it'd have taken me ages to make one on my own! Its been roughly about a month since I got the book, and after I went through most of the chapters in it, the first thing in my mind was, "I absolutely need to figure out a way to make it in PS"!
Meeweeda Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for this! I've read Color and Light and was going to attempt to make my own, but you just saved me a lot of time. Thanks!
Kantara-Wulnis Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
thank you!
AleRafa Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I love you :P
I've been reading James' blog these last days and I was hoping I would find something like this. Thanks!
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I found this thanks to :iconlummage:'s youtube channel. Thanks a lot for making this, its incredibly beneficial.
Crysenley Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And to think I just made a color wheel a week or two ago. This one is much better, and it has gamut masking!
So wonderful, thank you very much. :D
yakkingyetis Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
i watched the video but its kind profound... do you think u could expain it simply? what's the use for the mask ?
Atropolith Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
To put it simply, if you've looked at a good painting, it doesn't use every single color of the color wheel. And in color theory, you can use a very unsaturated color but make it look saturated nonetheless. Gamut mapping allows you to limit your colors so you can master them in this sense.
yakkingyetis Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
and when i download it it works in photoshop ? thanks a lot .. i'm trying to learn about color theory but its hard
Atropolith Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
This is a psd file so you have to open it in photoshop. It gives you a color wheel with masks that you can turn on and off. The point is to use colors within the geometrical shape(s) with the color picker. Color is probably one of the hardest subject in the fundamentals of art, so don't worry if you don't get it right very soon. Just remember to experiment and look at life or master paintings. And don't forget that it should be something fun and not a tedious task.
yakkingyetis Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
ok awesome thanks so much for sharing : )
u rock :D
AndersonM-Art Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hey, thank you very much!
plumita1 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
:iconheartsignplz: Great job! Thank you a lot! :icongiveroseplz:
riverfox1 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work! Thanks for sharing it! :dalove:
smilinweapon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You are welcome! Happy to share this, I am a huge fan of Mr Gurney's teachings :) :)
BelovedofTHEKING Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist
this pretty awesome, thanks for sharing. =)
smilinweapon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Happy to share, all credit goes to the amazing person who invented this ahah! :D
TracyWong Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is quite awesome! Thank you so much!!! :dance:
smilinweapon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yay you are very welcome :D
ARaFah Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
great! thank you!
LucaMM Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A very useful tool, i've made one by myself and it improved a lot my knowledge of colors, since saturation (or better, chroma) it's sometimes hard to consider! But i feel better with the YRMBCG wheel (with cyan and magenta) , give it a try, it adds more bright hues, i think! :)
Oreiria Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you A LOT for this, it's tremendously useful!
ToBuildARocketShip Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional
This is a seriously great tool for practicing color studies- thanks! 
KiAkiA31 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
thank you! I read the very amazing book !
ERA-7 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this!
ronbaird88 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I am reading that book now and just barley started reading this. as a mostly self taught artist this is very useful! color picking has always been difficult to me but im starting to get the hang on it. also if you want to mix photoshop colors like you would oil paints check out this plugin. [link]
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