Luminosity Masking in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom

10/20/2017 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

Yep, Luminosity Masking has been added to Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom.

I don't think it was ever on my Wish List for Adobe, but they must have known I wanted Luminosity Masks in Adobe Camera Raw! I have shown Luminosity Masking here in Photoshop several times, but this is the first time you will see it for Adobe Camera Raw (or Lightroom). That is because it is a new feature for Photoshop CC 2018. -said Blake Rudis-

I am not going to go into the whole breakdown of what a Luminosity Mask is. Instead, I am just going to fill you in on the new features for both Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom.

You will find these features anywhere you were able to make a mask before. Those places would be the Adjustment Brush, the Graduated Filter, and the Radial Filter. They are all the way down at the bottom of the tool settings just above the visualize Mask checkbox.

There you will find two types of Range Masks. One is the Color Range Mask and the other the Luminance Mask. Here is the written difference. However, be sure to watch the video tutorial Above for even more help using these new tools!

The Luminance Range Mask

I prefer to use this Mask setting when I need to protect a certain area of my photo based on the luminance values. In the video, you will see how I make a blue sky very blue without affecting the puffy white clouds. Just like Blend If, think of this as a Protection adjustment. Say, "I want to protect the highlights or I want to protect the shadows" and move the slider accordingly.

The Color Range Mask

The Color Range Mask is a tricky one. It will select a Color Range from an Eye Dropper that you select on your photo. However, it only works within an area you have masked. In the tutorial, I paint the entire canvas with a mask and then use it to mask some pretty tricky areas VERY quickly. You could also use this on a smaller selection, you do not have to paint the whole canvas to use it effectively.

You may also like: Selective Color in Photoshop, is it the best-kept secret?

About Blake Rudis : is a High Dynamic Range photography blog dedicated to being a 100% free HDR resource. There are a plethora of tutorials, tips, and great photos to stroll through. After checking out this Youtube channel, why don't you head on over to!

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