Learn to use the new advanced masking tools in Lightroom Classic to bring your photos to life! Select your subject, sky, light range and color range to edit specific parts of your images.
Is your subject too dark? Now you can target a person a lighten them, while leaving the background alone. Is the sky overexposed? Edit just the sky to bring back color and detail. The possibilities are endless.
Learn to target specific colors and adjust them to better suit your images. This can be used to correct skin tones, color casts or even to completely change the color of objects.
Combine & Conqueror
Add, subtract and intersect the new masking tool in Lightroom Classic to enhance selections and edit specific areas of your images. For instance, you can select your subject, then just the skin of the person and then color correct their skin without effecting any other areas of your image.
Use the included sample images to follow along with the tutorial and then practice on your own images once you have mastered the techniques.
ADD DETAIL TO SKIES
Fix Blown Out Skies
Use “Select Sky” to get an accurate mask of just the sky in your images and then add more detail by adjusting the color and the exposure. For more control, bring it into Photoshop and replace the sky!
Edit the Subject & Background Separately
One of the advantages of the new masking tools is that you can target either your subject or your background and work on them individually. This allows you to create stunning images and draw more attention to your subject.
Non Destructive Editing
Did you know that any changes you make in Lightroom Classic can be undone at any time? Feel free to try new things and make creative edits without worrying about messing up your original image.
Add Interest & Drama
Add Color and Style
In this image, we show you how to add more color to the background, and then color-correct the subject to match!
EDIT SUBJECT AND BACKGROUND SEPARATELY
Correct Exposure & Color
It can be difficult to expose an image perfectly for both the subject and the background, but now that is an issue of the past. Learn to target just your subject and expose them perfectly while retaining detail in the background.
Small Details Come to Life
Use the brush selection tool to paint over specific areas of your images and adjust exposure and color. In this example, we lighten the exposure of the eyes using natural selections.
You can think of these new masking features in Lightroom as you would Layer Masks in Photoshop. Create as many as you want and alter them at any time for an unlimited array of photo editing power.
Learn to correct distortion that can result from shooting with a wide-angle lens. The will make your subjects look more natural and flattering.
Add Detail to Highlights & Shadows
Don’t let your shadows get too dark or the highlights too light. Learn to target light ranges and adjust them to bring back exposure and create a more balanced image.
Easier than Ever
These new tools make editing your photos faster and easier, and in a lot of cases you won’t have to take them into Photoshop at all. Lightroom Classic is more powerful than ever!
PHLEARN Founder – Class Instructor
Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.
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