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LIGHTROOM CLASSIC CC New Features | Range Masking

September 21, 2019


Hey Cafe Crew, it’s Colin Smith here from
Photoshop Cafe and Adobe has just released Light room Classic. Light room Classic is what used to be Light
room 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and Light room CC. now it is renamed to Light room Classic and Light
room CC is a suite of programs including a new desktop app and other apps that all kind
of are synced together. So, anyway, let’s have a look and see what’s
new inside of Photoshop Light Room Classic CC. Not a long name at all! No, not at all, at all. And another thing worth mentioning, in Light
Room Classic, it’s been speed up substantially because I know a lot of people were complaining
about the speed. They’re like you know, on the forums, all
these stuff, no more new features, just please fix the speed. So Adobe’s done exactly that. They jumped in there and they have put a lot
of work into the way that the preview files and things work and a lot of things are significantly
faster. I think, you are really going to notice that. But they also dropped in another feature which
is really cool, it is a new refined edge for the masking. So instead of auto mask, now we have a lot
of control over there to get really precise masks. Another thing I might mention too. It’s about syncing. Light Room Classic can still sync. You can sync one library from one of your
computers, you can still work with the mobile apps and you can even share those libraries,
maybe I will do another video later on the way that’s going to work. But I do just want to say something, if you
are currently on Light Room Classic, do not just upgrade everything to Light Room CC right
away. Maybe you know, get Light Room CC and play
around with few photos and then just kind of figure it out and slowly migrate into the
photos you want. Don’t just start uploading terabytes into
the cloud until you kind of got that figured out a little bit. Alright, so here we have a picture here of
a bird and he’s got little bit of an audience going on here. And what we want to do is darken down the
bird but lighten up the background a little bit. So why don’t we start with the background? We are just going to give it a little boost
in color temperature and open up our exposure a little bit. It is looking a little better but now the
bird is getting too bright. So we want to just darken that down. We are going to grab the brush here and we
are going to start making a selection. In fact, why don’t I turn on the mask, so
that we can see it. So I am just going to hit the O key for Overlay
and I am going to start to paint. Now, I don’t want to turn on the Order Mask
in this case. What I want to do is just select the bird. Now, notice, as I am selecting the bird, it
is also selecting the background. Okay, well in this case, what we can do is
I want to use the Range Masking but rather than use color, I want to use luminance and
I will show you color in a second. But if we use luminance, watch what happens
here. We can play around with the range and notice,
as I move that range, see how it starts to take it away from the background and just
affect our bird. And of course, we can play with the smoothness
here, if we want to get a more precise adjustment. Okay, let’s hide that mask by hitting the
O key and now, if we hit the Highlight Recovery, notice it is just happening on the bird, maybe
bring the exposure down a little bit and maybe you give it just a little pop of saturation
and if we look at this before and after, you can see, now it is bringing it down on the
bird. Now, if you want to adjust everything overall,
we just click here and maybe just give a little punch of contrast. And there we go. We have got before and after. Okay, let’s look at some other examples. Let’s go in here and what I want to do is
I want to lighten up this building here and not the background. You know, we have got the star trail here. So, what we are going to do now is we are
going to make the radio tool and I am just going to make a selection around there. Okay, so what we want to do here is we want
to select just the color in there. So what we are going to do is we are going
to give it just a little punch of exposure and notice right now, it is affecting everything
and of course, we want to invert and go in here. So, we don’t want to effect the sky, just
this area. Okay, so we are going to choose the range
mask and we are going to choose color, grab this eyedropper and now, let’s click and
drag in here to select that color and now, we can play around with the amount and notice
how we can just affect the building or go like that. So now we are just going to maybe just get
it in a little bit so that it looks a little bit more natural and maybe want to boost our
saturation and maybe recover our highlights a little bit, open up the shadows a bit and
maybe give this a punch of clarity. Alright, so if we look at this now and we
go before and after, you can see what we are doing there is we are just affecting the building
as if we just kind of illuminated it. Okay, let’s look at another example. Okay, so here is a photograph that I have
shot during a super-moon at night. So, there was a lot of light there and I was
able to shoot with a very slow exposure. I made some initial adjustments. But now I want to darken the sky down a little
bit without darkening the tree too much. So what we are going to do is grab our Gradient
tool and then we are just going to click and drag down, in fact, let me drag it all the
way down to here and now here’s what happens, if I drop the exposure down to get the sky
looking good, notice that the tree is also being affected. So if I go to range mask and I choose color,
grab the eyedropper and now we select the blue, make a box around there. Notice now that the tree is not lightened. So if we play around with the exposure, notice
that it is only really affecting that background. Now you can play around with it as well just
by tweaking it with this amount slider and you can just get it exactly how you want it. So maybe want to hit the Highlights a little
bit more and I am going to give this a push of clarity. There we go and we can see, you know, if we
look at this before and after, here is our before and here is our after. So you can see how cool these tools are. So, thanks for watching guys, I hope you like
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30 Comments

  • Reply Murray Speer October 24, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Any “rule of thumb” on using Color versus Luminance?

  • Reply Jose Diaz H October 25, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Muchas gracias!

  • Reply Richard O'Keeffe October 25, 2017 at 7:14 am

    This is a great addition to Lightroom "Classic" save a lot of the work involved with the erase brush

  • Reply mike Kay October 25, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I've already decided on 'Classic' as I imagine most Lightroom users have. Adobe should not drop updates for a product they still sell(Lightroom 6) and it seems 'CC' is a Beta version yet to evolve into 'Classic'. Thanks for another top tutorial on range masking.
    Mike in Oz

  • Reply Serge Piastra October 25, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks Colin, much appreciated.

  • Reply John Branchflower October 25, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Colin, Is there a storage limit in the Lightroom CC cloud? Thanks

  • Reply Sylvain Paquette October 26, 2017 at 1:27 am

    It's so fast now that the preview don't work anymore on my GPU. That is fast !!!

  • Reply Paindoctor October 26, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Great tutorial!! Thanks very much.

  • Reply Alex Alexxis October 26, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you for this quick demonstration.

  • Reply Lyle Stavast October 27, 2017 at 12:34 am

    you can put multiple markers in the same edit to nail things down better by holding SHIFT while you use the dropper – very handy… I think you get 5 or 6 – and when you exceed the limit of them, it keeps just the last N of them – the oldest are removed from consideration – which isn't bad, as you can kind of tell when your set of them fill the need…

  • Reply Stephen Littlewood October 30, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I've watched a few videos on the new classic CC, but yours is much more informative. many thanks.

  • Reply David George October 31, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Superb, thanks for the valuable lesson 👍

  • Reply Colin Melhuish November 11, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Great tool , well explained, thanks.

  • Reply BrightM November 13, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    I like your channel for being short and detailed in one video. You are not making much blabla around. Thank you for these great videos

  • Reply Jaime Córdoba November 17, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks very much!

  • Reply Pixels November 20, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Thank you for the video. When I try this, I can only see the changes taking place on the Navigator screen. When I turn the tool off the changes appear on the image, also, a red mask stays on continuously over the selected area. Can you advise, please? Thanks.

  • Reply Steve Southard December 1, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Fantastic, thanks!

  • Reply Athena Digital Media January 1, 2018 at 5:56 am

    Thank you for a great tutorial

  • Reply Joe Webster January 5, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Learned some new things even though I have been a Lightroom user for a long time.

  • Reply Carolyn Bragg January 9, 2018 at 2:52 am

    Colin, I can’t watch one of your tutorials without smiling or laughing. Delightful! And I learn so much! I have been sending dozens and dozens of photographers—new to newsletters—to PhotoshopCafe knowing that they will be in good hands. (You move a little fast sometimes, but we can always watch the tutorials again.) Thanks for all you do!

  • Reply Lee Keng Soon March 7, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Great Video

  • Reply David Rapant March 9, 2018 at 8:52 am

    I don't know what happened. I had lightroom on my Surface. Then the Classic CC came out and somehow now I have 2 versions of lightroom. One with the lady in glasses, and one with the purple flower. Adobe sucks sometimes. Could they make this any more confusing for people?? Call it something different for F&*% sake, Now my computer runs slow as hell when editing. I expect more from a company like Adobe. Come on man I want to take photos and edit, not screw around fixing LR catalogs. Is it LR classic? Classic CC? Or the one that used to be LR CC?? What the hell? I had everything working fine and then this crap. I use an external drive. It probably put a new LR cat on my internal drive because they aren't syncing right,.

  • Reply cooLife March 26, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Thank you so very much !!

  • Reply Mountain Rat May 9, 2018 at 1:02 am

    Hmmm… Honestly it looks like it doesn't work very well. The edges seem to be effected a little too much. Zoom in and i feel like it would be pretty bad.
    Just my opinion.

  • Reply Ron Caimano May 16, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Very helpful on how to use the Range Mask. Thanks

  • Reply Johnnie Medina June 6, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Fantastic video Colin! I was always wondering how to lighten or darken only certain areas of the photo. This is a HUGE help!! Cheers Mate!

  • Reply Dong Ahn June 26, 2018 at 12:27 am

    This is very helpful. Thanks!

  • Reply Divi Photos August 20, 2018 at 3:37 am

    Great video nice job

  • Reply GEORGE SAULO February 18, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Thank you .

  • Reply Barry Street March 18, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Thank you.

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