Luminar NEO: How to use the Masking ToolApr 21, 2023
The Masking Tool is essential in Luminar NEO, allowing you to hide or reveal an effect/layer in parts of an image. The Masking Tool can be applied directly to layers and most tools. Read this article to master this powerful tool.
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In this article:
- What is the Masking Tool?
- Introducing the Mask Toolbar
- Getting started with the Masking Tool
- Video tutorial
- Luminar NEO
What is the Masking Tool?
The Masking Tool is essential in Luminar NEO, allowing you to hide or reveal an effect/layer in parts of an image. To fine-tune an effect in a selected area, you can brush it in or out.
The Masking Tool has two main purposes: it is used for tools and effects, and layers.
Introducing the Mask Toolbar
The paintbrush will allow you to add the mask to the desired area.
When a mask is applied, the eraser will allow you to remove the mask in the desired area.
The size slider allows you to adjust the size or radius of the brush.
The softness slider allows you to adjust the softness of the brush (from hard to soft). A harder brush will have clear and defined edges, and a softer brush will have blurry and less defined edges.
The Strength slider controls how much brush effect you see with every mouse stroke. The more brush over an area, the more of an effect you will see. The strength has a cumulative effect; as you keep brushing, more of the effect is applied.
By clicking on the three-dot icon next to Paint Mask, you will see more tools:
This option controls the visibility of the mask. Clicking Show displays the mask as a red overlay. You may continue drawing your mask for greater precision while this overlay is shown. Click Show again to remove the red overlay.
This option removes your mask entirely.
This option inverts any mask you’ve created to reverse its opacity and transparency values.
This option covers your entire image with a mask. After using Fill, you can select Paint and use the Erase mode to subtract from the mask.
Getting started with the Masking Tool
The Masking Tool has two main purposes: it is used for tools and effects, and layers. For a better understanding of the Masking Tool, we recommend watching the video tutorial below.
Masking Tool video tutorial
Watch the full video tutorial covering all sliders in this tool.
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