Auto Mask Lightroom Tutorial – How To Mask Anything FAST! September 28, 2019 100 By Peter Engel Hey guys! Ryan here at signature edits and today I am beyond pumped to show you this incredible Lightroom feature. It’s called Auto masking and it changed my life, and I think it’s going to change yours too. Let’s do it. So what is auto masking, and how is it going to change my life Ryan? Well I’m glad you asked fine sir madam. It’s going to change your life because it is going to save you so much time when you’re editing and it is going to allow you to do things in Lightroom you had no idea you could even do before. So first what is auto masking? If you’ve ever used your adjustment brush you may have noticed this little checkbox down here and it says auto mask. That’s basically Lightroom’s intelligent mode for when you are using your adjustment brushes so let’s go down here and say I’m going to draw on this path okay I’ve pressed o and that’s actually what’s going to reveal where I’ve drawn. And as I’m drawing I’ve got the auto mask feature on and you’ll see that it’s naturally picking up for the most part the lines of contrast between this pavement and these little sidewalls the reason it’s not doing the perfect job is because the sidewalls are a pretty similar color and consistency and auto mask is not super great all the time at detecting that. So if I go here it should just sort of mask out this stone from the rest of the castle and that is the basic way of using Auto mask. It can be super helpful in certain situations so for instance if I go over to this image here I could possibly use auto mask to make a little mask on the sky without necessarily getting on to these mountains and stones right here. Okay so that’s how I would use auto mask in this situation and it’s very handy because now I can take the exposure on the sky and take it way down for instance okay that’s how I would use auto mask before and this is something that is super helpful but what is going to blow your mind is there is an easier better faster more efficient and more effective way that will save you so much time and allow you to do things you never thought you could do before or if you did know you could do them before would just take you forever so you would never do it okay so what am I talking about well take a look at this first I’m going to zoom out on this photo and then I’m going to take my adjustment brush and I’m going to take the size all the way up so it’s gigantic okay now the reason I’m doing this is because I don’t have to click once and the auto mask feature is automatically going to detect the area I click this little center spot of this whole adjustment brush and it’s going to detect the color and the brightness of that particular area in the image and it’s automatically going to mask out everything that it thinks matches up with that color in that brightness this is amazing because as you can see with one click I’ve gone ahead and for the most part accurately masked out all of this background from the photo without masking out my subjects now if I for whatever reason need to erase a little bit of the mask I just hit alt and that’ll toggle to the eraser and I can just draw on his sweater where I don’t actually want the mask to affect so literally in one click rather than having to go through and draw manually onto this entire image I have masked out the background from my subjects what’s so awesome about this is if I turn off oh I can now do whatever I want I can take my exposure way down I can take away up I can do all sorts of crazy things and effects or I can just be more subtle I can add a little bit more focus to my subjects maybe a little bit more clarity to the background if I want to bring out that texture there a little bit of saturation without affecting any of the skin tones this is amazing so take a look at this this is before and this is after all from one simple mask that takes one second let’s look at another example okay so you know we’ve got this photo we’re going to zoom out by selecting the 1 to 8 ratio or if you have a bigger screen you can use something else and then I’m going to let’s say I want to darken down these mountains in the back or lighten them up okay I hit the auto mask and it’s done a pretty good job right out of the gate I press alt and I can just erase from down here and just like that it’s already gotten this whole line here is automatically masked and it’s done a very good job save me a ton of time so now all I have to do press o again and I can darken them up BAM just like that or maybe I lighten them up whatever I feel like doing you know let’s take it one step further let’s take the auto mask make a new mask and we’re going to click these bushes let’s say I want to bring out the blue in these bushes a lot more okay one click and it didn’t work so well why is that well because the area that I like clearly was not a specific enough color to mask out that area of the bushes effectively how do I fix this well it’s actually pretty easy I just drag it on to another area of the bushes that hopefully has a more specific color range and matches up with the bushes but not with all of the grass so that is looking pretty good right there now I can just press alt erase the other parts of the image that I don’t want the mask on especially my friend here and just like that pres OA gehen and let’s bring the white balance down saturation up and we’ve got the bluest bushes there ever were on the planet of Mars okay we can do all sorts of crazy effects if we want to let’s move on and look at some more practical applications okay so here’s another one let’s say that I want to just change the color of her sweater well all I have to do grab my mask click on a part of her sweater oh okay her eyes were picked up and this little background I’m going to press alt just a race out of the background race off her eyes now we can have fun let’s take this and we can make it way more blue if we want to bring the saturation out maybe bring the brightness up just a little bit and just like that we go from this to this so simple so fast and it took no time in no effort it’s amazing let’s keep looking okay so let’s take this adjustment layer click right there press oh yeah it’s masked out our entire sky so now we can get our sky back in just one click instead of having to manually paint on there one stroke at a time is before rather here’s before and here’s after just like that about two seconds what would normally take me 10 minutes of painting in Lightroom are you seeing how amazing this is let’s take you one step further still okay let’s go for this van this time okay we’ve got the color of the van we’re masked out very easy in this case because the color is very specific to the van now what we can do is we can take our white balance town we can take it up we can maybe add some magenta in there we can make it the most saturated blue bus you’ve ever seen we can Arkana make it a navy bus or we can even use this color function which is really really cool now in this case because the bus is already blue we’re going to the van not a bus what are you doing Ryan we’re going to have a hard time making it something like red because red is the polar opposite and it’s just not gonna happen but we can make it into a green bus let’s say so let’s go for a lime green bus the greenest bus there ever was fiddle with our white balance just a little bit here and just like that in about two seconds I’ve gone and I’ve done a very complicated mask that would take a long time to paint manually just like that you can make your bus green right all your dreams have come true you can make your buses green from here on out how amazing is that okay this one is a really crazy example that I absolutely love okay take a look at this let’s say that I love my castle but I want to bring out some of the saturation in the trees I want them to be more bright I want them to feel you know lovely and whimsical okay well I could try and bring the saturation up but the problem is it’s going to affect the castle the people everything in the image not just the greens so let’s take this back let’s reset our vibrance and our saturation and let’s do our trick here let’s go to 1 over 8 let’s click somewhere in the green press our Oh keys so that we’re going to see what we’re doing and just like that now let’s say that the first mask didn’t work out so well I can just drag this to a different point drag it around on the green and Lightroom is going to continue autumn a skiing and saying you know ok colors in this area colors in this area so let’s say right around here seems to be pretty good I don’t want to get the castle in the mask right so that has saved me a ton of time if I want to I can then make my brush a little smaller and just go over these areas that are really easy to paint over BAM so in 2 seconds I’ve done a very complicated mask now I can take my saturation way up take my vibrance take my saturation way up I can take my exposure up a little bit if I want to get some more green in those plants I could even add green in the white balance I could warm things up if I want it to be more of a warm feel and we have gone from here from here to here isn’t that incredible with very very minimal being affected in the castle two people everything looks natural and that is the hardest thing to do when you’re editing a photo is to get it to look amazing but also get it to look like it wasn’t really edited like that’s the goal is that your edits are kind of seamless they just blend in without really standing out so let’s do one more and I’m just gonna show you another thing you can do here we can grab our brush make it a huge again and let’s say that I want to just maximize the dynamic range in this image well this is another handy feature here we can click this highlight and Lightroom is automatically hopefully not in this case it looks like going to it should oh you know why it’s not working because I switched to adjustment brush B and that doesn’t have Auto mask enabled so there you go if it’s not working for you that might be why now click on this area of highlight there we go now it’s automatically masked out these individual highlights that are kind of being blown out to be honest and we’re going to do one more maybe on her pants here where it’s bright perfect so now we’ve done a super complicated mask in two seconds press o again let’s make this a little bigger and I can vary slightly maybe bring down my highlights now obviously some of these were lost in the photo so there’s not a ton of room but just like that we’ve gone from here to here something they’ll be super complicated to do if you’re doing this manually like let’s say I was trying to do it manually right I would have to make my brush a lot smaller and then I’m going to be like okay doo-doo-doo turn off auto mask here we go just going to paint and it’s going to be great oh man that’s that’s literally impossible right I’d have to make it super small and maybe turn my feather up and my flow down so that I could slowly paint on here and even my slow painting with the most detail I can do is still not going to be as good as if I were to delete this turn on my auto mask zoom out here make my brush nice and big and just select that one point hello oh it’s cuz my flow is all the way down there we go and just select that one point and bam it’s done just like that now I can come in and I can finesse it from there that’s one thing that manually you can do is just add that extra little bit of accuracy in detail but you can see how much time this saves you you know like let’s say we want to adjust her jacket so let’s just click here and bam in one click we’ve got the jacket do a second click and Lightroom is actually going to add to that mask so we’re not just going after this color range now we’re also going after this color range perfect so press again and let’s brighten this jacket up let’s take some color let’s maybe try and make it let’s try to make this jacket red mmm isn’t that nice the best red navy jacket you’ve ever seen in your life so I hope this was helpful for you honestly this is a game-changer for me because what I normally wouldn’t have time to do I would never have time to go through and just paint out her jacket here if I was editing a wedding or an engagement session that sort of thing but when it’s so fast that all I have to do is one click and done I can actually do that I can take my photos to the next level so that is it for our tutorial today this is the Lightroom trick that has changed my life and rocked my world and I believe it is going to do the same for you I can’t wait to hear how you use it and how much it helps you please if it did leave me a comment below I want to hear from you and make sure to hit that like button don’t forget to subscribe for more great stuff and I will see you in the next video stay awesome Related posts: Editing YOUR Photos!! 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Reply hl peace says: May 11, 2019 at 2:15 am Very helpful video. Thanks for sharing sir. Reply Andriy Kovach says: May 12, 2019 at 11:33 am You are awesome, man!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I realize how little I know about Lr Reply zahoor shah says: May 12, 2019 at 6:03 pm Amazing video Reply ffarouki says: May 12, 2019 at 6:33 pm Finally an awesome trick I didn't know! Thank you for this one 🙂 Reply joyce compton says: May 14, 2019 at 8:04 pm can this also be used in Lightroom CC? Reply JPE Photography says: May 17, 2019 at 4:21 pm Ryan, you are and absolute legend!!!!!! I have been using so many methods, specially with my Real-Estate Photography. Why did i never think of using this method, you have honestly made my technique for Estate Photography so much quicker, i tried it this afternoon after doing a shoot, my god, you sir are my hero!!!! I will be practicing this method over and over to give my client images faster! Thank you again, you got my like and definitely subscribed, i love finding new methods and tricks. Reply Colette Lau says: May 17, 2019 at 4:58 pm you keep saying click on O. ( not sure what that means) Reply Mubashir Ahmad says: May 19, 2019 at 6:26 am thank u so so much..this was amazing! Reply José Santos says: May 21, 2019 at 3:06 pm this video is awesome… in my lightroom CC doesn't appear the red mask… Where is the problem?? Keep on the good video tutorial you are doing. Thanks a lot Reply oozrenn says: May 25, 2019 at 5:13 pm won't work like this, dunno why. i choose both auto mask and show selected mask overlay but doesn't work Reply Mark Elliott says: May 27, 2019 at 12:54 am dude – about to edit 400 shots from Europe. This is a lifesaver. My god, how cool. thanks so much Reply janice bannister says: May 27, 2019 at 9:57 pm awesome ! thanks so much for that , a real game changer. Reply Jon Palmer says: May 28, 2019 at 9:22 am Who on earth would settle for such lazy, poor quality editing? Reply dkaplan74 says: May 29, 2019 at 11:02 pm I heard this has been around for a while with Lightroom but has been avoided by some because it leaves grainy artifacts around edges. Reply Distomos says: May 31, 2019 at 7:49 am Thanks for showing! I should RTFM more often myself, though. 😆 Reply Else says: May 31, 2019 at 11:00 am Thank you!!! Reply whosyabobby says: June 1, 2019 at 3:41 am Not in cc…… eye roll Reply Royston Walters says: June 1, 2019 at 1:07 pm Rocked my world too! Thank you so much. Reply Simon Lorberg says: June 2, 2019 at 9:31 pm Absolutely love it. Reply cav cav says: June 5, 2019 at 2:06 pm Ah okay after the 13th time I got it 😂😂 but thank you was really helpful Reply kalixte says: June 5, 2019 at 3:15 pm Super helpful! Thanks a lot Reply George LSLa says: June 5, 2019 at 6:19 pm why am i watching this only after one year Reply Galaxy Stars says: June 9, 2019 at 1:49 pm Thank u :))) Reply Raman sharma says: June 12, 2019 at 12:06 pm Super like for a super easy trick !!! Reply Desert Gecko says: June 13, 2019 at 6:04 am This is cheating! The Lightroom police are gonna come after you! But seriously, what a cool trick. Thanks for sharing this. Reply Lyle Stavast says: June 15, 2019 at 5:01 pm went looking for that vibrance adjustment in the brush masking didn't you… lol Reply Lyle Stavast says: June 15, 2019 at 5:45 pm I finally quite toggling the automask with the checkmark and just started holding down the CTRL key when I need it – allows you to paint up to contrast edges really fast too – just keep the + sign on the area you want to paint over… So many people don't know that the + allows you to click add to the masked set too – that's why it's displayed there. ALT works kind of the same as an eraser… Reply NikiJur says: June 17, 2019 at 12:56 pm Mind = blown! Thank you so much for this tip! It saves sooo much time and makes some edits sooo much less frustrating! <3 <3 Big love! Reply Yannick Kratochvil says: June 17, 2019 at 2:21 pm Simple trick with a lot of impact… These always come in handy 😉 Great tutorial! Reply SpaceMonkey says: June 17, 2019 at 7:06 pm Thank you so much ♥️ Reply the_paTiku says: June 18, 2019 at 7:33 pm photoshop still way way easier and faster xd Reply Dat Tran says: June 18, 2019 at 8:28 pm Learn to use the range mask on the brush and make this tip even better. Reply Marie Photography says: June 19, 2019 at 4:17 pm AMAZING!!!!!!!! Reply digifotocluj DML says: June 21, 2019 at 7:13 am hei man,it's fantastic…thanks for this diamond,really apreciate it. Reply Geoff Zhang says: June 21, 2019 at 1:52 pm Omg amazing!! Reply T Vijay says: June 22, 2019 at 9:32 am I think this video saved my 1 year from my entire life span Reply Law19157 says: June 22, 2019 at 9:52 am Wow, I don't know how this video ended up in my suggestions but I'm glad it did, this is so helpful. Thank You. Reply Shounak Hinge says: July 3, 2019 at 4:43 pm Thank you very much !!! Reply gamalielsierraalta says: July 4, 2019 at 5:51 pm this is one of my favorite features on Lightroom and thank you very much for taking the time to make this tutorial! Reply Ajala Kings says: July 5, 2019 at 4:25 pm It's almost like I dont even need to open photoshop anymore. thanks Reply RickPatRick Rick says: July 8, 2019 at 1:29 pm Thanks alot, you really helped here! Reply silver_spearhead says: July 10, 2019 at 7:43 am on 13:08 how did you able to drag the adjustment brush pin? Reply Ivan Muraenko says: July 10, 2019 at 8:44 pm fantastic!!! Reply Robert Thompson says: July 12, 2019 at 4:14 pm Fantastic help! Reply Adobe Photoshop says: July 12, 2019 at 9:58 pm We the people of Lightroom declare this: a killer tutorial. Reply ThaGoodTimes1 says: July 13, 2019 at 9:19 pm is there auto mask for mac? Reply robert myers says: July 16, 2019 at 10:12 pm Best LR tip ever,,, thanks for the video, Bob Reply Yves Arispe says: July 19, 2019 at 4:43 pm Hands down one of the best LR tutorials I’ve seen! Now I’ll check out the rest of your channel Reply BigBadLoneWolf says: July 20, 2019 at 7:29 pm biggest reason i dont use this , is because it is monthly subscription . i would only use it occasionally and the cost outweighs the benefits Reply Connie Petty says: July 20, 2019 at 7:44 pm So simple! So amazing! Thank you so much! Reply Avg Vet says: July 24, 2019 at 6:31 am Thank you for this. This will save me so much time Reply Avg Vet says: July 24, 2019 at 6:38 am Damn can I triple or quadruple like this video… Reply Steven Bailey says: July 24, 2019 at 12:39 pm Great video; thank you! Reply Charles McDaniel says: July 24, 2019 at 4:07 pm Okay, I'm 66 and not the most computer literate person in the world, so when you say "I turn off "O" what are you talking about I don't see the "O" you are talking about. Reply arie raharja says: July 24, 2019 at 4:22 pm Thanks this is what I need 😀 Reply John Smith says: July 29, 2019 at 1:27 pm Very useful tip – by a long way! Reply Les Schumer says: July 30, 2019 at 5:10 am Awesome Tip for using a game changing tool. I personally find it even quicker to select the whole image using a Hard Graduated Filter (drag it a very short distance from the one edge, then move it all the way to the other) as I don't then have to zoom the image or change brush sizes. 🙂 Reply BIV13 says: August 1, 2019 at 1:28 pm For some reason I cannot drag the mask indicator once it's applied. Instead of moving it it increases or decreases the volume of used effects. Any ideas how to change that? Would really appreciate that. Reply Onyedikachi Ibekwe says: August 2, 2019 at 5:29 am Why isn't this working for me? I have auto mask checked but when I click on the picture I don't get the autoselection of the similar areas. Reply Tobias Iserhot says: August 3, 2019 at 4:08 am Klasse,die Burg Elz Reply Gleb says: August 5, 2019 at 2:17 am So good! How do you make it so you can see the red overlay when drawing the mask? Reply Bruno Sousa says: August 5, 2019 at 11:42 pm Wow! This saved me lots and lots of time in my workflow. Huge thanks for this awesome tip! It's one if not THE best tip i've seen for LR. 🙂 Bravo! You got one more subscriber! Thank you! Reply David Poteet says: August 6, 2019 at 12:11 pm Great job, can't wait to use these features. Reply Terry and Terry says: August 6, 2019 at 11:30 pm I've probably watch at least 50 Videos on Lightroom and this is the best tip I've ever seen. It's so simple it accomplishes the complex with a single click. This really helps the workflow. Pure Genius, thanks Reply Robin Palmer says: August 10, 2019 at 11:09 pm Thank you! Monumentally useful! Reply Jamie Fortune says: August 12, 2019 at 10:19 pm I feel like this video tutorial just changed my life. Reply Blake Herron says: August 15, 2019 at 3:06 am This is the best tutorial I’ve ever watched. Game changer for a noob like me. Reply dredwing98 says: August 15, 2019 at 11:15 pm Such an incredible thing to know. Thanks! Reply sebastian penny says: August 16, 2019 at 6:02 am Mine doesn’t seem to do it at all Reply sebastian penny says: August 16, 2019 at 6:11 am Can you help me out why my lightroom isn’t automatically picking it all up Reply anil kumar says: August 18, 2019 at 5:49 pm This Tutorial is Amazing and most useful… Thank you dear Reply Steve Jones says: August 20, 2019 at 7:17 am Utterly brilliant and thank you for sharing 😎 Reply Steven Shibata says: August 25, 2019 at 10:20 pm My god, this Man is a genius. Reply Paindoctor says: August 27, 2019 at 1:12 pm Is there a keyboard shortcut to turn auto ask off and on?? Reply Fatum says: August 28, 2019 at 1:57 am Wow! Big thanks!made me laugh 😂 close to end Reply Shannon reddog says: August 28, 2019 at 4:42 am Absolutely going to unlike this just so I can like it again, then keep doing that until I am fully satisfied, thank you sir! Reply Zeljko Ozegovic says: August 28, 2019 at 9:59 am This is game changer in post processing! Absolutely amazing. Reply Ian Johnstone says: August 28, 2019 at 10:06 pm "JUST BRILLIANT!!" ;-D Reply Imogen Imagine says: August 28, 2019 at 10:19 pm Can you use this feature in lightroom cc or just classic? Reply Cesar Santos Lopez says: August 31, 2019 at 2:59 am I´ve just watched 2:09 minutes of your vid and I already gave it the thumbs up. Its an amazing tool, Ive been using lightroom for months now and I hadn´t heard from anyone on youtube about this tool. Awesome dude! Keep rockin! Reply Hindy Leitner says: September 1, 2019 at 3:47 am Can this be done in Photoshop as well? Reply Gustav Franke-Matthecka says: September 1, 2019 at 4:56 pm Not working for me…it just makes the whole image red with the brush. Any help? Reply Keith Ogden says: September 3, 2019 at 3:26 am Looks great, but, easy for you when you know what you are doing, how about you slow down, a lot, and recap just so us dummies can keep up, eh? 😉 Reply Steve Bartlett says: September 3, 2019 at 3:57 am Wow!!! So cool!!! But you know what's SUPER cool? My 81 year old father, who uses Lightroom every day, sent me the link to this!!! THAT is cool!!! Reply amanpreet brar says: September 3, 2019 at 4:35 am Good stuff earned me 😇🙏🙏🙏 Reply Craig Bell says: September 4, 2019 at 6:53 am Just gained another degree from the University of YouTube. You kids are spending years of time and thousands in cash to gain one or two if you are lucky. Me?? 600 degrees in a week. And with tutors on hand in seconds 24/7 365 days a year in case I need reminding. Cost? Nothing, use a libraries wi-fi. Life? Hold my beer. Reply M.J Gangitano says: September 16, 2019 at 4:35 am Great tutorial! Reply Rebus Omnia says: September 16, 2019 at 6:44 pm This was an awesome tip! And I thought I've had already figured everything LR out.. 😀 Thanks for sharing! Reply Bruce Thompson says: September 17, 2019 at 10:23 pm Super helpful! great video, please keep 'em coming! Reply Wale Omiyale says: September 19, 2019 at 8:50 am This is amazing – can't wait to start using this tip Reply Minimalistamente says: September 20, 2019 at 8:32 am I can't believe I didn't discover this feature before. You just made my editing so much better, thanks!! Reply Stanley Bao says: September 21, 2019 at 1:50 am That change of green color around castle can be easily done by choosing the green color directly . But this automask is really game changer if that color is none of those listed in lightroom. Reply Hillary Campbell says: September 22, 2019 at 1:36 am Have you ever tried this for difficult window pulls in real estate? Reply Jeep Del Fuego says: September 22, 2019 at 4:08 am Thanks so much! Your tutorial just helped me tremendously with an edit I was doing. Reply Tek Me PikCha says: September 23, 2019 at 1:59 am OMGGGGGGGG…………….The time I've wasted!!!!!! Thanks SE! Reply falsup09 says: September 25, 2019 at 6:54 am loved it! thank you Reply Andrew Shaw says: September 25, 2019 at 10:16 am Where do I find this in v2.4.1 please? Reply KOSTAS TROVAS says: September 27, 2019 at 10:30 am Excellent tip!!! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.