January 2022

3 Ways To Make Creative Editing Easier in Lightroom Classic | Dustin Lucas

2. MASKING TOOL - DODGE YOUR SUBJECT AND BURN DOWN BACKGROUND

The new masking tool is one of the best features to be added to Lightroom Classic in a long time. With the addition of AI tech, we can get masks for the subject and background in one to two clicks. When I am editing, it’s usually for the skin so I can later burn down the background. When I apply the subject select mask, I can simply invert it to only affect the background. (fig. 12) Now I can drop exposure and saturation while adding contrast, shadows, blacks and dehaze. (fig. 13) To take this a step further, we can save the effects as a preset as well as the mask to apply to multiple images. The last step would be to update the subject select mask so it recomputes the subjects.

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