Masking is a revolutionary local adjustment capability that lets you target changes to specific regions of your photographs without accidentally altering anything else. This kind of advanced image editing was added into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic back in October 2021 and it continues to grow more powerful every few months.
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With Masks, we can now make adjustments to specific parts of our photographs without affecting the rest of the image. A landscape photographer, for example, might want to brighten the sky in their image without affecting the foreground. Likewise, a portrait photographer might want to use Masking to make their subject’s eyes sparkle.
The Masks Panel in Lightroom Classic includes some old familiar local adjustment tools, such as the Graduated Filter which is now called the Linear Gradient tool, as well as new AI-powered selection tools such as the Select Subject and Select Sky commands.
Even better, Mask Groups enable you to combine multiple tools together to precisely target the exact region you want to affect. Additionally, Lightroom Classic now features overlay visualizations like those found in Adobe Photoshop so that you can preview your masks with various overlay options.
If you want to enhance your photos with these new tools then please watch this short introduction to the fundamentals of Masking in the video above and then move on to our more advanced tutorials. Learning how to use Masks in Lightroom Classic will enable you to take your photography to the next level!