Chapter 17: Masking Options in Luminar

The use of masks allows you to hide or obscure parts of an image. Masks are useful so you can combine the contents or results of one layer with your primary image. Layer Masks allow you to use powerful painting tools to control their results. The more you work on combining multiple images, the more you’ll use masks. 


Luminar offers 4 types of masks:

  • Brush. The Brush is one of the easiest ways to mask an image.  You can use brush strokes to add or subtract from the mask.
  • Radial Mask. The use of a Radial Gradient Mask is a quick, easy way to highlight an area of your photo with an elliptical shape.
  • Gradient Mask. The Gradient Mask Tool is useful for creating a gradual blend between two states or layers.
  • Luminosity. A Luminosity Mask is a fast and easy way to create a new mask based on the brightness of image pixels.

Creating a Layer Mask

If you’d like to use a mask on a layer, the first step is to add one.   This approach is most useful when you want to globally mask parts of an image layer or to blend several filters at once. This mask can be edited using the Brush, Radial Mask, or Gradient Mask tools.

To add a mask:

  1. Open a photo within Luminar 2108.
  2. Select the desired layer. By default, layers and adjustment layers have no mask.
  3. Click the Edit Mask button.
  4. Choose one of the four mask types
    • Brush
    • Radial Mask
    • Gradient Mask
    • Luminosity

These tools offer several controls, we’ll explore them next.

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