What’s New in Lightroom’s Big June 2022 Update

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Adobe just packed many useful features into a new June 2022 update to Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw. Two updates make Masking faster and easier. Plus, there is a great new feature for presets.
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How To Make Advanced Masks in Adobe Camera RAW & Lightroom

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Masks in Camera Raw and Lightroom are new. Colin Smith shows you beyond the basics, how to combine masks for more complex selections, such as selecting the foreground, adding, subtracting, and intersecting masks. Learn how to use combination and complex masks.
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What’s New in Lightroom Classic 11 For Photographers – Plus More On New Easy Masking Features

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Adobe released the October 2021 Update to Lightroom Classic. This video will walk you through what’s new.

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Plus, take a deep dive into Lightroom’s new masking features.
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0:00 Intro
1:48 Don’t Freak Out
3:00 Mask Basics
4:46 Brush and Gradient Masks
6:35 Subtract with Select Sky
8:32 Brush and Gradient Presets
9:38 Using the Linear Gradient
11:41 Luminance Range Masking
14:41 Color Range Masking
16:40 Select Subject
19:12 Select Sky
20:38 Advanced Portrait Example
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The New Masking Tools In Lightroom & Camera Raw

 

 

“Discover how easy it is to make local adjustments to your photographs using Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw’s new Masking panel and tools including: Select Subject, Select Sky, Radial and Linear Gradients, Brush, Color and Luminance Range Masking and more!”

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6 Ways To Get Better Shadow & Highlight Detail In Your Photographs

You want your photographs to glow - right? So what’s better than one kind of glow? How about three?

You can get there by not succumbing to the classic temptations to clip shadows and/or highlights to produce a more obviously dramatic but a less lively, nuanced, and expressive tonal scale. Instead, hold the full dynamic range with a real black and white and also create gorgeous separation in the values nearest to them.

So many times we give the lion’s share of the contrast to the midtones. Midtone contrast is really important. But that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice the light in highlights by making them too hot to look at comfortably or in shadows making them so dark they turn to murky mud. You can hold separation in these extreme ends of the tonal scale and produce beautiful qualities of light that complement not just contrast. Here’s how.


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One Filter To Quickly Remove Most Halos In Photoshop

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“Learn how to easily fix and remove halos easily and fast using a hidden Photoshop slider.”
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The One Simple Trick I Use To Improve All Of My Images With Photoshop

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Curves offers more precise tonal control than any other tool. So when I need precision dodging and burning (about 80% of the time) I use Curves, which means I use Photoshop (PS).

I look forward to the day we can make local adjustments with Curves in Lightroom and Camera Raw. But currently, Lightroom (LR) and Camera Raw (ACR) don’t have this feature, yet. But can’t you do something similar in Lightroom (LR) or Adobe Camera Raw’s (ACR) using the six Basics sliders (Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks), in combination with the Adjustment Brush, Graduated Filter, or Radial Filter, even in combination with Color, Luminance, or Depth Range Masks? If close is good enough, yes. If you want to make your images really shine, no.

 

Is it hard to dodge and burn with Curves in Photoshop? No. It’s easy.


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The Art Of Selections & Masking

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Mastering selections and masking will help you take your images to the next level.

Local Adjustments In Lightroom and Camera Raw | Coming Soon

When To Use Lightroom’s Local Adjustment Tools | Coming Soon

Why Photoshop’s Local Adjustment Capabilities Are Superior To Lightroom’s | Coming Soon

Photoshop’s Marquee Tools 
Quick rectangular and elliptical selections.

Photoshop’s Lasso Selection Tools 
Go to drawing tools for irregular selections.

Photoshop’s Magic Wand & Quick Selection Tools 
Let Photoshop do the work for you.

Two Keys To Combine All Of Photoshop’s Tools 
Easily add or subtract from selections.

Viewing Masks 
You can see a mask in a number of ways.

Mask Key Commands
Key commands make masking and selections faster and easier.

Painting The Simplest & Most Useful Masks In Photoshop 

Photoshop’s Quick Mask Combines All Selection And Brush Tools

Eight Useful Tips For Brushing Masks In Photoshop 

How To Make Masking Easier With Photoshop 

Gradient Masks

Fine Tuning Gradients 
Fine tune your gradients with masking techniques.

Masking Hue 

Masking Saturation 

Masking Luminosity 

Contour Masks 

Edge Masks

Combining Masks | Coming Soon

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Make your images stronger by locally adjusting the frame.

Points (11/10) | .99
Make your images stronger by locally adjusting points.

Lines (11/10) | .99
Make your images stronger by locally adjusting lines.

Planes (11/10) | .99
Make your images stronger by locally adjusting planes.

 

Video – Photoshop Masking Key Commands

Video – Photoshop Making 2 Masks For 1 Layer

Video – Photoshop Feathering Selections  & Masks

Video – Photoshop Combining Gradient Masks 

 

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Photoshop Does The Work For You With Magic Wand & Quick Selection Tools

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 Get sophisticated selections quickly.

Photoshop offers two great selection tools that use pattern recognition to make the process easier and faster – the Magic Wand tool and the Quick Selection tool. They get complex jobs done quickly and the results they generate can be quite sophisticated. But which one do you choose?


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