Masking has often been seen as a preserve of Lightroom’s older sibling, Photoshop. Often used in combination with layers, it is used to mask out parts of an image in order to manipulate specific areas or to create composites.
However, Lightroom also has a very powerful masking feature that also has an AutoMask capability. However, without layers, why would we need masking in Lightroom?
Editing The Details
Lightroom has three powerful tools for adjusting areas of a photograph. They are Graduated Filter, Radial Filter, and Adjustment Brush. Each of these tools can target a specific area of a photograph and allow us to make specific adjustments only to that area.
The Graduated Filter and Radial Filter are relatively blunt tools when it comes to defining an area to edit. The Graduated Filter defines an area by straight lines and feathering, while the Radial Filter does similar using ellipses. What happens when we need to redefine an area within the selection?
Fortunately, Lightroom now allows users to “brush” back an edit using a masking brush. More importantly, we can use AutoMasking to speed up that procedure. Here’s how we do it.