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Motorcar Mask: My Favorite Feature Since Moving to Lightroom
At the beginning of January I decided to make the switch from Discontinuity to Lightroom. It has been a series of highs and lows equally I struggles to modify my streamlined workflow to the new platform. My initial impression, like many others, is that the user interface is a fleck clunky and
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tools are lacking. I find myself saying quite the opposite when it comes to editing my images in the
Develop Module. I can see why Lightroom users have thought they had it good… in terms of image editing tools, they certainly exercise!
One example of a more than powerful implementation is the
in Lightroom. In Lightroom the castor tool allows you to utilize more then ane aligning at a time. You lot tin use adjustments like exposure, clarity and hue all in one go. To do this in Aperture y’all would have to use multiple brushes to achieve a similar result. In Lightroom you tin too utilize the castor multiple times, each time with a dissimilar fix of adjustments. This lets you apply effects as pseudo layers on top of your photos. For this reason the brush tool is extremely powerful and much more versatile than the brushes implementation in Aperture. I’ve spoken to a few dissimilar Discontinuity users and one surface area of confusion with this tool is that the brushes are in their ain seperate panel and not tied to the basic adjustments like we nosotros are used to in Discontinuity. I agree at first this was very confusing to me, but once I saw the power of being able to separate brushes from a single adjustment and instead apply multiple effects in a unmarried pass it fabricated a lot more sense.
Using Auto Mask in brushes
If yous want to take brushes fifty-fifty further, there is a bank check box at the bottom of the brush panel labeled
Auto Mask. By turning this characteristic on it enhances your brush by using color and contrast to detect the edges within your paradigm. As yous paint, information technology searches for similar tones to what the center of your cursor is on, and simply applies adjustments to areas that are similar. You tin rapidly turn this feature on and off using the keyboard shortcut “A” while using the Adjustment Brushes.
When the Machine Mask brush misses spots
Sometime when using the Adjustment Brush with Automobile Mask turned on, I have found adjustments aren’t e’er applied completely to an area of the photo. Lightroom misses niggling spots because it determines the tones don’t get together and it believes these areas are supposed to be edges. To correct this I e’er bank check my mask using the “Bear witness Selected Mask Overlay”. With the overlay turned on yous can see the little spots in your aligning mask. To fix this simply turn off the Auto Mask characteristic and paint using a modest brush over the missed areas. This volition pigment over everything and smooth out those lilliputian spots, applying the adjustment completely.
Examples of how I’ve used this tool
I’ve establish Auto Mask to be useful in a wide range of photographic subjects. I shoot a lot of products and I use the Automobile Mask tool oftentimes to select areas around my products and apply finishing touches for delivery. In the example below I used the mask to select the area that is supposed to exist pure white. I have the Show Selected Mask turned on and so the area in pink is the surface area of the photo where the adjustment effects volition be applied. Using the aligning brush panel I was able to push button the exposure to the right making sure the background was pure white.
Another example of an area that I’ve used this tool for is in my mural work. I recently was working on an image of a ocean stack formation on the Oregon coast. As I was working on the the epitome I wanted to apply clarity and white residual adjustments to the subject without it haemorrhage into the heaven. By using Auto Mask I was easily able to apply those adjustments to only the areas I wanted to effect.
These are just two situations of many that I have used the Motorcar Mask in Lightroom to finely tune how I utilize adjustments and effects to my images. If you lot haven’t given this feature a try I highly recommend it, and discover it to be a very powerful and versatile tool.
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