Local Masking makes it possible to layer multiple adjustments. This is helpful when you need to make precise adjustments to an image or to adjust multiple areas of an image independently.

  1. Open an image you want to edit into the Single Image Edit Mode.
  2. Click the Local Masking icon in the right-hand panel.
  3. Click the + Add button and choose a Local Masking adjustment type. You can add multiple adjustments of the same type as needed.
  4. Choose from Paint Mask, Radial Mask, or Gradient Mask in the drop-down menu.
  5. Select the appropriate mode to apply or remove the effect.
  6. If using the Paint Mask additional options appear.
    • Adjust The Radius, Softness, and Opacity settings.
    • Typically, Radius and Softness are good at the default values of 100.


This local masking adjustment enables the most common developing tools to be added independently.

  • Warmth. This controls the color temperature in the image. It can be used to stylize an image. Positive values can be used to warm the image. Plus you can use negative values to tone down an image as well.
  • Exposure. Adjusts the global luminance of the image. Moving this slider to the left results in a darker image (reduction of exposure value). Moving this slider to the right results in a brighter image (an increase of exposure value).
  • Contrast. Adjusts the contrast of the image. Contrast is the difference in luminance or color that makes an object in an image distinguishable from another. Practically speaking, contrast is determined by the difference in the color and brightness of an object in relation to other objects within the same field of view.
  • Highlights. Adjusts the brightness of the brightest areas of the image. Moving the slider to the right causes very bright areas to become brighter, while moving the slider to the left makes them darker.
  • Shadows. Adjusts the brightness level of the darkest areas of the image. Moving the slider to the right will cause such areas to become brighter and additional details will appear. When moving to the left, such areas become darker, and the number of shadow areas in the image generally increases.
  • StructureAI. allows the adjusting of image detail and clarity. Using this tool you can get great detail or get a smoother picture with less detail. This is the main tool to increase the contrast of the image and visualize more details in the image.
  • Saturation. Adjusts the intensity of all colors in your photo.
  • Vibrance. This slider adjusts only the intensity of muted colors, ignoring well-saturated colors. This is useful for finer control when adjusting color.


The Texture tool offers advanced controls to transform texture and image overlays to be blended as a layer into the current image. Textures can easily give your photos unique new looks, especially when you’re trying to achieve a vintage or grungy feel.

  • PNG Overlays: PNG files with transparency can now be uploaded as textures in LuminarAI. These files can then be used to add special effects to photos, including watermarks, text, emoticons, and other decorative elements.
  • Easy placement: New overlay elements can easily be moved, flipped, rotated, resized, and placed anywhere you want. There are even blending modes and masks to precisely control how the object interacts with the original image.
  • Overlays in Templates: Once applied, an overlay can be synced across multiple images or saved in a custom Template for future use.

  1. Click the Load Texture button to choose a texture file on your hard drive. JPEG,TIFF, and PNG files work best.
  2. Use additional controls as needed to refine the texture.
    • Place Texture button. Moves and resizes the texture image.
    • Flip/Flop buttons. Swap the direction of the texture image.
    • Opacity. Use the Amount slider to control how the image is lightened or darkened based on the texture layer.
    • Zoom. Controls the size of the texture.
  3. Choose from Paint Mask, Radial Mask, or Gradient Mask in the dropdown menu.
  4. Apply the texture to the areas you want using the mask.
  5. Refine the texture using the Advanced Controls as needed.
    • Blend Mode. Use a Blending Mode to change how the texture mixes with your image.
    • Brightness. Adjust how light or dark the texture is.
    • Contrast. Increase or decrease the dynamic range of the texture.
    • Saturation. Adjust the intensity of the color in the texture.
    • Hue. Change the colors in the texture by rolling the hue.


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