Color Range Masking feature is one of the Lightroom improvements Adobe recently introduced. In this video, Benjamin Warde demonstrates this useful feature. He’ll show you how it works and how to use it to make precise selections in Lightroom.
In the photo Benjamin uses as an example, he wants to apply increase clarity in the leaves. When he does it to the entire image, clarity also increases in the background, which doesn’t make the bokeh look very pleasing. On the other hand, masking leaves with the Brush tool could be very time-consuming. This is where Color Range Masking comes to the scene.
You can make a quick and rather imprecise selection with the Brush over the area you want to modify. Then, go to the new Range Mask option and select “Color.”
Choose the Eye Dropper tool, and then click and drag to select the representative range of colors to which you want to apply the modifications. Benjamin selects the color range on one of the leaves, and the result: very precise selection. Now it’s possible to apply the adjustments only to the leaves.
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