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How to use Lightroom’s powerful new masking tools


The last major update to Lightroom brought some major new features and upgrades, but perhaps most impressive was the revised masking system, which dramatically increases what you can accomplish and enables new workflows to be achieved. ‘editing. This excellent video tutorial will show you an example of editing using the new system to edit the foreground, middle, and background of an image independently of each other.

Coming to you from Anthony Morganti, this excellent video tutorial will show you how to take advantage of Lightroom’s new masking capabilities. I have been quite impressed with the features so far. Normally, new features can increase the efficiency of your workflow or facilitate a tricky technique, but this is one of the rarest cases where a new feature has legitimately improved the quality of images. The new masking system made it much easier to select elements that were just too complicated to be worth before, especially when I’m working on a large number of frames, like those of an event, where I want to minimize the amount of time I spend on individual photos while producing the best results. Watch the video above for the full recap of Morganti.