Summary – Often, adjustments are needed only in certain parts of an image, so-called selective or local adjustments. The general technique for doing this is called masking – an analogy with masking-tape used when painting a room. Programs each deal with masking in their own way. This post compares masking in the Nik Collection plug-ins with Lightroom 5.
When it comes to selective adjustments
LR5 is the cake; Nik is the icing
Who likes cake without icing?
Excuse the hand-made “art”
Green field, blue sky, white squirrels, tree & leaves
Nik mask is black
Black areas totally unaffected by adjustment
White just the opposite
Gray – somewhere in between
LR5 mask is pink (other colors available)
Pink areas totally unaffected by adjustment
Lightroom 5 has become a widely used program
Similarly, the Nik Collection is very popular
Both allow selective adjustments to images
Using what is fundamentally a masking method, but
Each creates a mask in very different ways
(I don’t mean the pink & black color differences)
In the next few posts
I’ll mention pro’s & con’s between the two alternatives
I’ll show comparative results using both on the same image
I will not give a detailed tutorial on how to achieve the results
Preliminaries (in-depth to follow in later posts)
LR5 has three selective adjustment tools
Located near the upper right of the LR5 window
Only #3, the brush, is a true selective adjustment tool
The two filters are global, not selective
Their only claim to selectivity is they restrict their global adjustments
to only a portion of the image
Within that portion the adjustments are global, i.e.,
They affect everything
The Nik Collection has 50+ filters (analogous to LR’s two)
Instead of a brush, Nik uses a Control Point
The control point is used to
Selectively enable or disable a filter’s effect
I know this is as clear as mud
The mud will be cleared away as we address
Each of the three LR tools & compare them to Nik
Next Post – The Gradient Filter
Followed by the Radial Filter and
And – saving the best until last – the Adjustment Brush
The latter being by far the most useful
It can do most of what the other two do
AND – More Selectively
Adjust brush created the featured image’s mask
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