How to mask anything in Lightroom in a few seconds

Jun 4, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

How to mask anything in Lightroom in a few seconds

Jun 4, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Lightroom’s Auto Mask option is a useful tool that can save you a lot of time. But this video from Signature Edits shows you how you can make the Auto Mask feature even faster and more efficient. This way you’ll be able to mask even very complex images in a few seconds, which will save you even more post-processing time.

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When making selections with the Adjustment Brush, the Auto Mask option helps you make accurate selections even without being too precise. But what happens when you need to apply adjustments to specific areas of a complex image like this?

Even with the Auto mask feature on, it would take you a lot of time to select, let’s say, the areas between the branches. This is where you can use a little trick to speed you up.

First, zoom out on the photo (use 1:8 or 1:16 zoom level). Then, select the Adjustment Brush and make it larger than your image.

Click anywhere within the area you want to mask. The tool will automatically select all the areas with the same color and brightness and create a mask.

In most cases, the mask will not be perfect. But you can click and drag the pin until the Adjustment Brush makes the most accurate selection. From there, it will usually easy to erase the mask from the areas where you don’t need it. In most cases, it should be easier than painting it within the areas you want to edit.

I use Lightroom a lot and I think that the Auto Mask option is a life savior. But I’ve never figured I could use it this way, and it looks like a really handy trick. As far as I’m concerned, I’m gonna play with it a bit and see how it works for me. Have you already tried masking this way? Or this is new to you like it is to me?

[Auto Mask Lightroom Tutorial – How To Mask Anything FAST! (2018) | Signature Edits]

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4 responses to “How to mask anything in Lightroom in a few seconds”

  1. Andy Wolff Avatar
    Andy Wolff

    I actually tried this.. Works pretty good. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Tom Marron Avatar
    Tom Marron

    Excellent tip! Thank you!

  3. Sarah Linford Beauchemin Avatar
    Sarah Linford Beauchemin

    Why isn’t this working for me? It just selects the whole image when I try it.

  4. Zenith Clipping Avatar
    Zenith Clipping

    I tried but its not working.
    Then i write some blogs for photography. Please feel free visit my blog ZenithClipping . There are so many contents for beginner to advanced level.