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How To Invert Unproblematic And Complex Masks In Lightroom


In June 2022, Adobe added proper capsize support to Lightroom. There is an Invert and a Duplicate And Invert option for simple and circuitous masks now. Much easier!

The latest update to Lightroom added several exciting new masking features. It is a
update and I describe the changes in a separate article and video. Masking is an of import role of shaping and crafting a final photograph. Selective adjustments are what make an image reach its total potential.

A common selective adjustment sequence goes like this:

  • Create a mask for the primary discipline, or a master colour, you desire to accentuate

  • Apply a set of adjustments to that mask

  • Copy and capsize the mask

  • Apply a different set of adjustments to the inverted mask to downplay secondary elements in your photo

With Lightroom’due south new masking experience, inverting a basic mask is simple and easy. Inverting a circuitous mask with multiple components requires a few more steps.

Invert A Basic Mask In Lightroom

Invert a basic Lightroom mask past using the
checkbox in the controls on the right hand side.

Inverting a basic brush, slope, radial, or range mask in Lightroom is a straightforward matter. With the mask selected, check the Invert box just higher up the sliders on the correct manus side. Voila! You’ve inverted your mask. Equally noted to a higher place, inverting a mask often follows duplicating the mask, so a unlike set of adjustments can exist practical to other areas of a photograph.

Another use of inverted masks is when information technology is easier to create a mask for the area you
want to affect. Create the mask for the simple expanse, invert it, and then make adjustments. For instance, if you want to affect all the colors
blue in a photo, create a color range mask for the blue tones, invert it, and then make adjustments. All tones except the blues are afflicted.

Invert A Complex Mask In Lightroom

With Lightroom’southward new multi-component masks, a unmarried mask can get circuitous. The mask may starting time with a gradient, and then subtract or add brush strokes. The mask may be intersected with another mask, like a range mask or another brush. How do you invert a multi-component mask in Lightroom?

The practiced news – y’all tin capsize these masks. It just takes a few more steps. The recipe to capsize a complex mask in Lightroom is:

  1. Start at the bottom of a complex mask.

  2. Invert the base mask (the bottom-nigh component)

  3. Select the next mask component up.

  4. Correct click and choose Convert to Add or Catechumen to Subtract.

  5. Continue converting the remaining mask components.

Beneath is an example of part of this sequence using the mutual “duplicate & capsize” editing technique. The first mask is a Luminance Range mask affecting the blue tones that is intersected with a gradient removing the treatment from the sky. The multi-component mask is duplicated and the base component, in this example the Luminance Range mask, is inverted. Then, the component mask is switched from a subtract to an add together with Convert to Add together.

Notation: Masks created with Intersect With outcome in Subtract component masks.

Step 1 –
the multi-component mask

Step 2 –
the base component

Step three –
the other components to Add together (or Decrease)

Hither is the original mask and the inverted mask adjacent. Indeed the mask is inverted and all of the nuance and subtlety of the Luminance Range mask is maintained.

The duplicated and inverted complex mask

I Hope Adobe Makes This Even Eaiser

I am hopeful that in a future update to Lightroom, Adobe will add an Capsize option into the correct-click menu for a multi-component mask. Lightroom can do all of the inverting and converting for us and streamline this workflow down to a couple of clicks.

In the meantime, photographers can capsize masks in Lightroom. Use the recipe.

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