P: Lasso Tool

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 20, 2018 Nov 20, 2018

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I'm hoping that the Adobe developers are monitoring this forum, because it would be a huge help to me, if there were a lasso tool (magnetic and polygonal) in Lightroom, to select areas for broad adjustments, such as those available with the adjustment brush.  Sometimes, it's just too tedious to use brush strokes, and a lasso would make selecting the area to be affected so much easier.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 20, 2018 Nov 20, 2018

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As a rule with exceptions, Adobe does not monitor this user-to-user forum.

To report bugs and make enhancement requests, go here:

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New Here ,
Mar 01, 2019 Mar 01, 2019

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I do a lot of real estate photography, and when shooting interiors, the windows are often blown out.  I can use a filter brush to mask and lower the exposure, but this is sloppy and time-consuming.  Is there a way to set lines as barriers or draw rectangles to set a filter area?  Thanks!

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LEGEND ,
Mar 01, 2019 Mar 01, 2019

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No rectangle selection in LR.

I suggest you invest in some flashes, lighting, for your camera/photography.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 01, 2019 Mar 01, 2019

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Unfortunately, you need to go to Photoshop that level of masking. Lightroom's masking is limited to the size/shape of the brush and color matching when the auto-mask is turned on.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 01, 2019 Mar 01, 2019

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The new Range Mask may be useful here. Brush over the window and ignore the fact that you will go over the edges. Then add a luminosity range mask and use that to limit the brushed area to the brightest pixels.

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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LEGEND ,
Mar 01, 2019 Mar 01, 2019

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You can brush perfectly straight lines with the adjustment brush -- rather than holding the mouse down, click where the line should start, and then shift-click where it should end. Each time you shift click, it draws a straight line from where you last brushed.

For windows, I often select a low value for Feather and Automask, then straight-line brush the edges of the window. Then with Automask turned off, I fill in the window. When Automask doesn't work as well, I'll brush a straight line without it. Here's a video: Dropbox - straight-lines-adjustment-brush.2019.03.01.mov

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New Here ,
Mar 04, 2019 Mar 04, 2019

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This is exactly what I was looking for.  Thank you very much.  If I could figure out how to change the correct answer to yours I would do that for this discussion.  I really appreciate your feedback!

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New Here ,
Feb 14, 2022 Feb 14, 2022

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Hello

 

I use Lightroom on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil. I primary edit wildlife photos and primary of birds.

 

The Automasking works great, but it struggles with the tip of the wings, specially on action photos. I have to correct it with the Apple Pencil and it takes a lot of time, and it's very difficult to be 100 % presice.

 

Is it possible to make an magnetic brush and/or improve the subject algorithm? I think the job would be much more easy with a brush who stuck to the wingtips and not spills between the feathers.

 

Hope you can make something out of my idea! 

Beat regards Ole Jørgen 

Instagram: olewo

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Explorer ,
Apr 06, 2022 Apr 06, 2022

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It would be great Adobe if you would add a polygonal selection masking tool to Lightroom Classic.  I've wished for this for some time and it's cumbersome to use workaround methods like tracing with a small brush along the edges and then "fill" the selection in the middle with a larger brush.

 

Please consider adding a polygonal selection mask tool--SOON!

 

Jon

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New Here ,
May 12, 2022 May 12, 2022

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I shoot a lot of interior photography. And with the summer on the way, the difference between sunlight from the outside and the shade on the inside is sometimes multiple stops. To darken the windows, I use a radial gradient adjustment mask. But my windows are always square. And sometimes with large glass windows, very big. Because the radial is round, I always have lighter corners that are not covered by the radial. 

 

I would like to have a square adjustment gradient that works the same way as the radial gradient. Or be able to select a portion on the image with corners instead of rounds. But I would like to be able to select the window and adjust these. 

 

Thank you

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LEGEND ,
May 12, 2022 May 12, 2022

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There have been a fair number of requests for this over the years from real-estate photographers.  Here's one technique that can make accurate masking of windows go faster (see this screen recording), though not as fast as if rectangular masking were fully implemented:

 

1. Start with a smaller brush with Auto Mask turned off and a reduced Feather (e.g. 26).

 

2. Click in one corner of the window, with the inner circle of the brush cursor just touching the window edges.

 

3. Shift-click in each of the subsequent corners to create straight brush strokes from corner to corner

 

4. Switch to Auto Mask to get the small bit of each corner not selected.

 

5. Turn off Auto Mask, make the brush bigger, and fill in the middle of the window.

 

 

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May 12, 2022 May 12, 2022

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