Using Color Range Masks in Adobe Lightroom

by Forest Chaput de Saintonge

Many of us have been using Lightroom for years and have slowly seen Adobe take more and more features from Photoshop and move them into Lightroom. With the latest Lightroom Classic CC update, Adobe introduced two new ways to refine local selections: color and luminance range masks.

These masking options allow photographers to further refine all three of Lightroom’s local adjustment tools, making them more precise and better at selecting objects in cluttered environments.

In the video below we take a look at color range masks and how they can help you make much more accurate selections when selecting objects that vary in color from their surroundings. This can be especially useful when trying to change the color of clothing or other objects in your photos beyond the spectrum of what HSL can handle.


Forest Chaput de Saintonge

Forest Chaput de Saintonge directs Rocky Mountain School of Photography with his wife, Sarah. He has been immersed in photography since he was born. He grew up in Missoula and began taking photos with an SLR when he was seven years old. He started working for Rocky Mountain School of Photography at age 13. During his free time, he likes to become a master at new things, build stuff, run, hike, bike, photograph, and be an amateur astronomer. Forest has a BA in Astrophysics, just because. He really enjoys teaching and loves to help students understand concepts thoroughly. Forest has vast experience working with and teaching Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and has worked many hours in the black and white darkroom.