Import or open a photo in the Edit panel.
The October 2021 release of Lightroom for mobile (version 7.0) introduces a more 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 will 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 Gradient, Radial Gradient, Color Range, Luminance Range, and Depth Range masks.
Starting Lightroom for mobile (Android) version 7.4, you can invert masks in just one tap. To know more, see Invert Masks.
Certain features like Select Subject and Select Sky in Masking are supported only on Android devices with more than 6 GB RAM. Technology Previews (features that may not be completely production-ready yet available to try out) are allowed on devices having between 4 GB and 6 GB RAM, but you could experience an occasional crash under memory pressure. On devices with less than 4 GB RAM, these features are unavailable.
Use the following mask tools to make a selection:
Tap and drag the Brush tool over the areas you want to edit.
A. Eraser B. Size C. Feather D. Flow E. Invert F. Delete
To make a more precise selection, use the Eraser tool on the left side of the screen to erase the mask area.
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.
A. Invert B. Delete
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.
A. Feather B. Invert C. Delete
Use this tool to sample color within the mask area. Do any of the following:
A. Change Color B. Refine C. Invert D. Delete
Select a point or area in the photo using this tool. All areas with the selected range of brightness will become a mask. 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:
A. Change Luminance B. Invert C. Delete
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:
A. Change Depth B. Invert C. Delete
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 or a component in the Masking panel:
To invert a mask group in Lightroom for mobile (Android), follow the steps given below:
In the masks panel, long-press the mask group you want to invert. Tap Invert Mask in the menu. All the masking components in that mask will be inverted. The first component of the mask group will be inverted, while for the remaining components, the add/subtract mode will be toggled. The resultant will be an overall inverted mask.
If you wish to invert a mask component, do the following:
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 Editing panel at the bottom of your screen.