Master Masking in Lightroom Classic (New AI Masking)


The new artificial intelligence masks in Lightroom are the most powerful update to come to Lightroom classic ever. Learn to get the most out of these fantastic new tools to help create stunning images.


  • 8 Sample Images


Table of Contents

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  • 01 - LR Masking Trailer
Master Masking LR Classic
  • 01 - Intro to Masking in LR Classic
  • 02 - Learn to Combine Masks for More Control
  • 03 - Edit Multiple Photos Seamlessly
  • 04 - Draw More Attention to the Subject
  • 05 - Correct Exposure & Color with Masking

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More Power than Ever



Create Enhanced Selections

The new artificial intelligence masks in Adobe Lightroom Classic allow you to select people easier than ever. You can even select certain parts of a person such as their eyes, skin, or hair for more advanced masking and editing capabilities.

Edit All Images in a Series

Oftentimes photographers will shoot a series of images with the same subject and when it comes time to edit those photos it can be a pain to edit each one of them individually. With Lightroom Classic’s new artificial intelligence masks you can make selections to your subject and enhance your photo and then instantly apply those changes across the entire series of photos saving a ton of time and creating better results.

Edit the Subject and Background Separately

Learn to edit your subject and the background independently of one another which will add a ton of control to the editing process. oftentimes the subject will be just a little bit too dark but the background will be properly disposed, use the new artificial intelligence masking tools to select just your subject and enhance their exposure bringing overall corrections to your photo.



Color and Exposure Correction

Learn to color correct exposure correct and even color tone your photos. using a combination of masking your subject or background as well as luminance ranges oh, you can Target either highlights or shadows and correct those individually. then bring everything together in terms of color and light with color toning to create stunning artistic looks.

Follow Along from Start to Finish

Follow along as we go through different examples showing you how to get the most out of Lightroom masks and create stunning images in the process. You’ll learn an introduction to how masking works in Lightroom, how to add subtract and intersect masks for more control, and how to apply these changes to multiple images into a series.

Learn Advanced Masking





Create Beautiful Color Toning

With the ability to isolate your background from your subject you can apply stunning color transformations to your images while choosing just the areas you would like to select. You learn how to create a background with cool science and the foreground with nice warm colors for stunning color combinations that will give your image an artistic feel.

Add, Subtract and Intersect Masks for More Control

The new masking Tools in Lightroom Classic allow you to add subtract or intersect different masks together – this will let you create more advanced selection than ever before. For instance if you want to create a vignette on your background but not include your subject you can simply start by creating a radial gradient and then subtract out your subject with just a couple of clicks.



Create Better Edits – Faster

The new masking Tools in Lightroom Classic allow you to create better edits faster by selecting out your subject or background in making individual edits on them. The more powerful Lightroom becomes, the less you have to move into other programs like Photoshop to create stunning versions of your photos.

Follow Along with the Included Sample Images

Download and follow along with every tutorial step by step so you can get the most out of Lightroom classic and then apply these fantastic skills to your photos with ease.

Aaron Nace

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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  1. I have dabbled with the LR masking tools but didn’t realise the extent and power of all the tools, not to mention combining them. Another amazing set of tutorials, Thank you.

  2. Awesome I have levant so much from this course on masking in Lightroom. The knowledge gained here is equally useful in Camera Raw.

  3. Your tutorials are just the next level, clear, informative, to the point, great examples! I like the way you take the viewer through your thinking, showing your working flow and the different possible ways to get there.

  4. I´ve been playing with masks for a while in LR and for years in Photoshop so I thougt I pretty much know it all but oh boy was I wrong:). This takes my editing in LR to a different level. Thank you sir!

  5. So awesome. Learned new techniques that will be helpfull! Would be great if you would do one on face retouching in lightroom too and on using ai presets in lightroom.

  6. Great course, I thought I knew a reasonable amount about masking but this took it to an entirely different level, so easy to follow too.

  7. Soooo good, learned a lot 🙂

  8. Thank you. Excellent attention to details and technique . Makes me feel maybe I can get there with a lot effort.

  9. Really good tutorial. Thank you!

  10. Been having a blast going through all kinds of old images and tinkering with masking. I’ve found sometimes that in instances with tree branches and sky masks (might work with hair as well, I don’t work a lot with models) where I subtract a luminance or color mask while zoomed in I can get it to refine some of the finer edges and details nicely as well.

  11. I just signed up for the pro tutorials for the year and this was the first one that open and it was great. I was working on some photos and decided to use some of what I learned and it helped a lot. The trick now is to continue using what was learned before I forget what was learned. Great start.

  12. This AI masking is just crazy, can’t even imaging where it’ll be in the future, but with your video, I just want to go back to my old pics and AI mask them all from scratch, great one, thank you.

  13. Fantastic lessons highlighting the potential of the latest updates of Lightroom Classic.

  14. Another great course! Thanks Aaron. You always explain things so clearly.

  15. An absolutely great review of all the new masking features since the last update! Thank you!!

  16. I learned a lot I am rather new to lightroom and now I know much more of masking!

  17. Thank you once more Aaron. These on-going tutorials keep us up-to-date and provide the very best references to return to from time to time.

  18. Very good Course, not only about masking techniques but also a lot of background info on how to edit ‘person’ photos and let your subject stand out.

  19. Really, really good…. Aaron took the new masking tools and gave us real world examples on how to use them. Thanks Aaron!!

  20. I do not know why you will not let me subscribe but I thank you for the years you gave me

  21. thank you so much I really learned a lot as always you are a fantastic instructor

  22. A great and short introduction to the new ai masking tools. After this tutorial, I was able to use the tools confidently

  23. No one on Youtube has explained the masking functionality of ACR as comprehensively as Aaron. Now I have full knowledge of its possibilities, which are truly remarkable.

  24. Great tutorial Aaron. These new masking features are a real game changer. Before watching this I thought that I had already mastered masking but as always I picked up lots of useful techniques that I hadn’t considered before now. Thanks and keep up the great work

  25. Brilliant .. as always 🙂

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