How to Use Local Adjustment Masks for Color Editing
So if we look at this kind of shot here and then we go to our color editor and then we pick out something like, you know, this one for example. Now if I pull around lightness you can see that it's affecting a great deal of the rest of the image. Now we could try to work with the color editor as we did earlier by narrowing the range down and so on, but straight away we can probably find just doing a very quick mask will make our job much easier. And again, we can be quite sloppy with the mask drawing because we're picking a color within the mask. So if I just right-click, let's get full opacity, and then just do a really sort of quick mask here like that, nothing fancy. Go to the color editor. Pick within that mask, and now when I'm adjusting it's only affecting within that mask. And it doesn't matter that the mask is kind of a bit rough around the edges, because we're really working on a color within that masked area. Similar sort of principle with this one, we could do a very quick ma...
sk here for example. Like so, probably do a little bit slightly better job than that, just in case there's any tone there. Go to the color editor, pick within that mask and now I'm pretty free to just adjust that one. So it's a really handy thing to know about. Sometimes that can be quicker than trying to squeeze down the color range, and sort of working with smoothness, is just quickly throw on a mask and then do so. Same goes for this one; if we let's say we wanted to just wanted to tweak, say, the chilies up in the right-hand corner but we've got tomatoes as well. Same color range. So we do a quick mask over here, "m" on the keyboard, again don't have to be too fussy, like so. Pick within that, so grab the color picker, pick over here, and now I can play around with the density or saturation or whatever I want to do and it's only going to affect this area. There's no possibility with the color editor on its own just to restrict to that color tone. There's nothing we could have done. We would have ended up affecting these, these, and these and so on, so it makes much more sense to do that kind of quick rough mask and then pick that color within the mask, as it were. Again, little sort of subtle one over here. If we wanted to just brighten up this flower in the corner, you'll find if we pick that in the color editor and then just raise the lightness we're kind of affecting this one to some extent as well, so very quick, you can do it super fast, quick splotch like that, color editor, pick within the mask, and then we can just adjust that as we feel suit. These ones over here as well. Make another layer, quick splotch over here, like so, and then pick within that mask and then we're easily just adjusting that particular spot, not affecting anything over here, or anything else of a similar tone.