POWERFUL TOOL for Editing Landscape Photos In Lightroom: RANGE MASK
POWERFUL TOOL for Editing Landscape Photos In Lightroom: RANGE MASK

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of Fiverr sellers. What is up people, Dunna here and today we’re gonna be taking a look at editing some landscape photos inside Adobe Lightroom and specifically
using the range mask. Now a little warning. The pictures we’re about to take a look at have snow in them and they will remind you of winter so if you’re not over fall yet and if this is gonna
be triggering for you, I will leave a link to
another video up there that you can go check out
that’s all about fall. All right, let’s get into it. (upbeat music) All right, let’s hop into Lightroom and the first thing that we’ll see is that I have two photos here. I’ve got one that is looking straight out over Lake Louise
with some of the rocks in the foreground and then the other one that I have is actually looking at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise sign with the mountain in the background. Last week I posted both of
these photos on my Instagram so if you’re not following me over there and you like these photos, make sure to head over
and give me a follow. Now what I wanna talk about today isn’t necessarily every step of the way in editing this photo, but it’s one specific
thing that I like to use to take it over the finish line. This is what the photo looked like with just a basic edit on it using all of the tabs that I have over on the side. But what you can do beyond that are using these specific tools up in the top right here. Now we’ve got a brush tool which means that we can brush in specific areas and do things to it. So for example I can crank the exposure and then draw in the spots specifically where I want to crank the exposure or I can use a radial filter which draws a circle. This is handy for doing very specific vignettes if you want to. So if I wanna crank down and just specifically highlight one spot or I can use what’s
called a graduated filter and what that does is as I drag it down, it creates a slope between when it’s effecting the most and when it’s effecting the least. So now you can see that the top up here, it’s making it a lot more, right now it’s de-hazed which is bringing out a lot of that blue and near the bottom
it’s not doing anything. Now one of the things that you wanna know about these three tools is if you hit O, it will show you in
red what it’s effecting and how much it’s effecting. Now you can see on the screen here that at the top it’s fully red, at the bottom it starts
to fade the red out so it’s gradually making
less of that effect throughout the picture. This can be really handy for photos where at the horizon line things get a lot brighter. You can use graduated filters to specifically make the
sky a little bit darker so that it’s not so contrasty against whatever is going on on the ground. And a whole bunch of other situations. So again hitting O shows
us what we’re effecting and that works with all the tools. It’s a handy way to draw in using the brush tool as well. But the way that I used it on this photo was even more specific. The first filter that I added was a graduated filter and I put it so that
it’s effecting the sky. You can see right here that I’ve gone from top to bottom and we’re just effecting the sky but you might notice that it’s not touching specifically the mountains and there’s a reason for that. I used something called a range mask. Now specifically for this case I just want it to effect the sky so what I did is I drew in my mask, something like that, and then I went down here and I chose range mask, luminance. Now I get to choose only the brightnesses that I want it to effect. Because the mountains are a little bit darker than what we’re seeing in the sky, I can make it so it’s
only effecting the sky by using luminance or brightness. What I’m gonna do is I’m
gonna effect my range and you’ll see gradually that the red will go off of the mountains. We’re gonna go all the way up until we see it really not
touching the mountains, somewhere around there. And the smoothness is
basically like a feather so it’ll make it a little bit softer. I like it around 50 though, I think that’s pretty good. And now our range mask is set but we’re not doing anything to it yet. So now we have all of
these specific controls that we can control just for the part that’s selected using our graduated filter with a range mask. So I’m going to pull down
my exposure a little bit, gonna pull my highlights down, gonna increase the whites. I’m trying to get a little bit more of the like cloud look out of the sky here. I’m gonna de-haze it a little bit and I don’t wanna overdo it with the blue so I’m gonna pull back my saturation just a little bit. And that’s looking pretty good. So before and after. And if I was to turn
off the luminance mask, you can see that it’s effected the mountains quite a bit and a lot of the areas in the sky that weren’t already super bright. In my opinion if I don’t have that luminance mask on so that it’s just effecting the bright areas, it’s a little bit over done. Now I also did the same thing with a couple of brushes. So the first brush I put
was on the mountains. So basically I took the brush and I drew in on the mountains and I just added a little bit of de-haze and I also warmed them up so there wasn’t so much
blue on the mountain. That’s before that effect and after it. In this specific case I’m
not using a range mask, I just drew in the area where I wanted it, And the other one that
I did was on the water. So I basically drew in the entire water and I just added saturation because I really wanted to get the nice oranges that we have in these rocks at the bottom and then nice blues
that we had in the water and again I didn’t use a range mask for this one specifically, I just wanted to add saturation to that entire bottom section. And so on this specific photos those were the adjustments I made beyond just my basic adjustments
using the basic tab and the curves and so on and so forth. So this is what it looks like before I did those adjustments and after. (upbeat music) Now in this photo when
I used the range mask you might notice that I used luminance, but there’s also something called color and that’s where our next photo comes in. This was my basic edit on this photo and as you can see there’s still a whole lot of blue in it. I really like the way that the sign looks, but you can see down in
this corner all the snow, there’s so much blue, and up in the mountain,
there’s so much blue. Now I like it in the sky and I like it on the water, but I wanna take away some of the blue in some of the other areas. So again I added some filters. I added a graduated
filter from the top down and then I chose range mask color. And then what you can
do is using this dropper you can actually select the area that has the colors that
you’d like it to include. So now it makes a selection based on those colors and then you can choose amount. So if I show our mask here and then I crank up the amount, it’s going to get more and more of that blue color in there. I didn’t wanna get too crazy with it so I ended up leaving it around 12 and then all I did was I de-saturated the blue to taste in the sky and then I also did
pretty much the same thing for the bottom half of the photo as well. I drew a graduated filter up to the water, but not covering the water and then I did the same
kind of color range mask. I think I even chose the sky again, the same spot in the sky, to choose my blue color
that I wanted to get rid of. And I just de-saturated a little bit but you can see still that there’s some blue down here in the bottom. So what I did after that
is I went in with the brush and I drew in all of
the areas in the bottom and specifically on the mountain and then I did the same thing. I used a range mask, I
chose a color in the sky, that blue, I chose the amount so that it would only effect the blue part so it’s not de-saturating any of the nice oranges and browns that are happening in the mountain or the greens in the trees or anything like that. It’s just effecting the blue and then I de-saturated the heck out of it by about minus 70 and we get from this to that. And the reason that I wanted to do that was really to make the sky and the mountains stand
against each other. So we’ve got nice white with the brown and the orange of the sign. Then we’ve got a streak
of blue in the middle. Then we’ve got this gray
mountain in the middle. And then we’ve got the blue on top so it’s kind of layered, we’ve got that contrast going on there. So not only can using the brush, the radial filter, and
the graduated filter be really powerful way to get at very specific parts of your photo, but also if you use those range masks you can do so much more with it. Getting really specific to either the luminance, or brightness, of the parts that you want to effect or the colors that you want to effect. But as always I wanna hear from you. What do you think of these effects? Do you have any cool ways that you can think of that we
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18 thoughts on “POWERFUL TOOL for Editing Landscape Photos In Lightroom: RANGE MASK”

  1. Dunna Did It says:

    How would you use the range masks?

  2. Bryan Schultz says:

    It's not that I'm not over fall yet, it's that I live in Florida…

  3. Ivaylo Valkov says:

    Thanks you so much for making this video, I really enjoy it!

  4. Tone Ross says:

    This was super helpful! Thanks for sharing! Also, what screen recording app do you use for Mac?

  5. Jen O'Hogan says:

    I had no idea the range mask existed. Cool, I learned something new. I have a ton of editing to do today, so this is good timing. 😀

  6. Weston Ney says:

    This is awesome! Love your videos!

  7. bemixx says:

    Really good video! Thank you for this amazing tip!!

  8. GeekEtc says:

    I didn't know it existed but definitely useful especially the luminance one ! I don't use masks enough in my photos anyway but I should … Thanks for the video ! 🙂

  9. Photo Gear Fun says:

    Thanks so much for the helpful video. I haven't yet used range masks but I will for sure in the future. For the second photo I feel like maybe a white balance adjustment (warmer) would have taken care of the blue in the snow. Did you adjust the white balance at all?

  10. Ryan Schabach says:

    Excellent Information…thank you for your detail to success!!!

  11. Aurey Correia says:

    This is amazing! Thank you!

  12. Jonas Schnitzer says:

    Is there an advantage of using LR classic instead of the new CC version? I see many people professionally using the classic version.

    Great video as always! Didnt know about this feature and definitely will use it. Thanks Dunna!

  13. LaloRacer1 says:

    Loved the intro! Truly has lots of personality. 👌

  14. Kardoso Media says:

    Great video brother! Hope you have a great week

  15. thejaykane says:

    8:28 when your battery low notification popped up, my heart leaped and I started to reach for my charger. Dunna with the jump scares even in November. 😓

  16. RoshuaJogers says:

    I would use range masks if they were available on LR CC. Oh Adobe, slowly rolling out the features to the way of the future!

  17. Creative 7 Inc says:

    The range mask is such an awesome feature which adds some really good looks to images!

  18. Vrsatile says:

    The winter warning 😂

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