Import or open a photo in the Edit panel.
The October 2021 release of Lightroom for mobile (version 7.0) introduces an organized Masking panel to edit specific parts of your photo with greater precision and more creative control.
AI-powered features like Select Subject and Select Sky help you automatically select a subject or sky in a photo so you can make adjustments to that selection, quickly. Bring your imagination to life by using masking tools like Brush, Linear and Radial Gradient, Color Range, Luminance Range, and Depth Range tools.
Starting Lightroom for mobile (iOS) version 7.4, you can invert masks in just one tap. To know more, see Invert Masks.
Features like Select Subject and Select Sky in Masking are unavailable in the following devices: iPod Touch 7, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPad (5th Gen), iPad (6th Gen), and iPad Pro 9.7.
Tap the '+' icon to 'Create new Mask' using your preferred masking tool (for details, see the first section). A default Mask 1 is created in the Masks panel. To rename this mask, click the three-dot menu and select Rename.
Use the following Masking tools to make a selection:
Tap and drag the Brush tool over the areas you want to edit.
To make a more precise selection, use the Eraser tool on the left side of the screen to remove areas of the selection.
Drag the blue pin in the area you want to edit. This is useful to adjust a large portion of the photo with a gradually fading pattern that creates soft transitions.
Drag the blue pin to select areas of the photo you want to edit. This tool helps you make local adjustments inside or outside an oval shape. Use the Feather slider to determine how soft you want the adjustments to be.
Use this tool to sample color within the mask area. Do any of the following:
Select a point or area in the photo using this tool. All areas with the selected range of brightness will become a selection. This way, you can make precise adjustments to just those levels of brightness in a photo. To select a luminance range within the mask area, do any of the following:
This tool is enabled only for photos containing depth information.
Use this tool to select areas based on their distance from the camera. To select a depth range to adjust, do any of the following:
Select Subject automatically detects the most prominent subject (people, animals, and foreground objects) in the photo, helping you to make adjustments more precisely than ever. Follow these steps to select the subject in a photo:
If you wish to automatically select the sky in a photo and make specific adjustments to it, tap Select Sky. Here's how you can create a mask using Select Sky:
Once you have created a mask, you can add to it using the masking tools. To add to an existing mask, do the following:
Once you have created a mask, you can subtract from it using the masking tools. To subtract from an existing mask, do the following:
Follow the steps below to rename a mask in the Masking panel:
To invert a mask in Lightroom for mobile (iOS), follow the steps given below:
If you wish to select everything in a photo except the initial selection, tap the selection, and tap the Invert icon in the left panel.
You can easily edit the color of the mask overlay using the following steps:
To make local adjustments to your photo, select the type of adjustment you want to make from the Edits panel at the bottom of your screen.