Lightroom Tip – Using the Alt Key for Masking

Applying Masking

When working in the Details Panel (Sharpening Section) to apply sharpness to an image I’ve created, to ensure it is only applied to certain parts of the image (the white areas above) I press the Alt (PC) or Option (Mac) whilst using the Masking Slider.

By using the Alt key I can see exactly where the sharpening will appear. White = Reveal, Black = Conceal.

If you don’t use the Masking Slider any adjustments made in the Detail Panel (Sharpening Section) will apply to the whole image.

About the Author

Bren is a female amateur photographer, fibromyalgia sufferer and blogger at Bacardigirl.UK who along with her husband, Ashley, have created a photography blog called Brashley Photography which showcases the places they’ve visited on their photography journey. Bren and Ashley primarily concentrate their photographic skills on landscape, architecture and floral subjects. Based in the South East of England they hope to give their readers an insight into the wonderful and beautiful landscapes, buildings and places that the South of England has to offer.

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