One of the biggest new enhancements in the latest version of both Lightroom and ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) is the addition of Luminance and Color range masking.
Range masking allows you to limit the area of your image that is affected by local adjustments based on a range of colors or tones within your image. And, best of all, the masking is totally non-destructive and re-editable.
Range masking gives you lots of control when you are editing an image in Lightroom, allowing you to fine-tune and target your local adjustments to get exactly the effect you want.
It’s a major enhancement and a really useful one. I’m definitely giving it a thumb’s up!
In the video below, Tony Northrup of Northrup Photography shows you the details of how this new feature works in the latest version of Lightroom Classic (formerly known as Lightroom CC). And the process for using Luminance and Color range masking is exactly the same in the newest version of ACR.