Lightroom’s masking features have undergone significant expansion in both precision and capabilities over the course of the program’s most recent few updates.
If you have not yet incorporated the new panel into your post-processing workflow, you are passing up an opportunity to vastly improve the efficiency of your workflow. You will learn all you need to know to take full command of Lightroom’s masking features by watching this wonderful video instruction, which can be found here.
This first-rate video lesson was created by Anthony Morganti specifically for your use, and it will walk you through the ins and outs of the new masking panel in Lightroom.
The newly developed masking tools have a pretty stunning quality to them. It has not only made my workflow more efficient, but it has also increased the quality of my photographs by enabling me to include modifications that previously would not have been worth the time and effort because of the amount of time and effort they required.
As an illustration, I regularly photograph concerts at a stunning venue that features a glass wall that reveals a garden behind the performance area. In order to get the desired effect with the stage lighting, I usually find that I need to blast out the sky. On the other hand, it was simply not possible to conceal the sky in a timely manner so that it could be brought back.
However, now that I have access to updated masking tools, I can do this task with a single click and bring the sky back to its proper position. The whole breakdown, as presented by Morganti, can be found in the video that can be found above.