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

Here’s how to use the Brush Mask tool:

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

  1. Open an image in Luminar Neo.
  2. Select the Edit tab on the Top Toolbar to reveal the Tools pane and scroll down to the Creative tools.
  3. Choose the Dramatic tool and increase the sliders to high values, making the effect easy to see.
  4. Click the Masking Tab within the tool.
  5. Choose the Brush mode in the mask tool.
  6. With the Paint button selected, use the brush to paint 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 clicking the Mask actions dropdown and choosing Show Mask.
  7. As you work, you can easily undo your brush strokes. Simply choose the Erase button and paint over the selected area.
  8. Continue painting the mask until you get the desired results. Use the Size, Softness, and Strength sliders to control your Brush and Erase tools.
  9. If needed, you can refine your mask by using the Additional Mask Controls.

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