The Paint Mask tool can be used in either Brush or Erase mode to add to or subtract from the masked area. Select the Brush mode to apply the mask. Selecting the Erase mode lets you erase masked areas to refine your selection.

Here’s how to use the Paint Mask tool:

Here’s an example of how to use the Paint Mask tool. Let’s add an obvious effect so it’s easy to view.  

  1. Open an image in LuminarAI
  2. Select the Creative tab within the Edit panel.
  3. Choose the Dramatic tool and increase the sliders to high values so the effect is easy to see.
  4. Click the Mask icon within the tool.
  5. Choose the Paint Mask mode in the mask tool.
  6. Use the brush to select areas of the image to which you want to apply the Dramatic tool. Masked areas will be indicated by a translucent red mask. This mask is visible while you are clicking to brush. You can also turn it on by going to the three-dot icon and choosing Show Mask at the bottom of the menu that opens
  7. As you work, you can easily undo your brush strokes. Simply choose Edit > Undo or press Cmd+Z (macOS) or Ctrl+Z (Windows)
  8. Continue painting the mask until you get the desired results. Use the Radius, Softness, and Opacity sliders to control your Brush and Erase tools.
  9. If needed you can use the Additional Mask Controls to refine your mask.


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