Helpful Tips for Getting the Most From Lightroom's New Masking Features

Lightroom's masking features recently got a huge upgrade, and they have enabled some new capabilities that truly make working on your images far easier and more efficient. If you still have not taken a deep dive into the new masking panel yet, check out this great video tutorial that will give you some useful tips for getting the most out of it. 

Coming to you from Anthony Morganti, this helpful video will give you some tips for using Lightroom's new masking features. I have been really impressed by the new panel so far, and it has already had a noticeable impact on both my image quality and editing efficiency. For example, I shoot a lot of concert photography, and I like to put a mild radial filter around the subject to give a bit more focus to them. This works fine, though it is not perfect, since it catches a little of the background around them. I just edited a set, and instead of the radial filter, I used the new "Select Subject" tool. It picked up the subject perfectly 98% of the time, and I was able to quickly and easily dial in precise emphasis on them without the bleed-over characteristic of the radial filter. I am absolutely a big fan of the new panel. Check out the video above for some helpful tips from Morganti. 

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Travis Haughton's picture

Sadly, there's no way to force the new sky and subject masks to be "auto-computed" during a paste-from-previous. That means several extra clicks per mask, per image. Adobe, we need this workflow feature!