How to Edit Your Photos With Masking in Lightroom

Lightroom has grown in development over the past few years to become my software of choice for editing my photos. I'll usually stay in Lightroom specifically when it comes to editing unless I have to do something elaborate like merging layers. If I have to go the extra mile with a photo I will use Photoshop for those things, but for everything else, it's Lightroom.

Did you know that you can essentially edit your photos with masking in Lightroom? Tools like the gradient filter and adjustment brush will easily allow you to add the effect and then mask the effect in and out where you want it.

Not many people know this trick when they're first starting out, but I've used it for painting in details in skies and I've even stopped using graduated neutral density filters in the field because I use this technique to achieve the same effect in Lightroom. 

Now, hear me when I say this... You cannot mask multiple photos in Lightroom, you can simply mask in and mask out effects like the gradient filter and adjustment brush. I cannot be more clear about that. With that being said, this technique is extremely useful and can be use to simplify and shorten the extensive process that is post processing in landscape photography. 

To see this effect in action, watch the tutorial below. 

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