We will discover a quick method for applying edge lights and background lights to distinguish an image from its surroundings in this Lightroom / Camera RAW tutorial.

This is a useful technique for giving a photo some pop. In this instance, a person is being used. The method may be used to any object and is effective for product photography as well as eBay photography.

Both Camera RAW and the Lightroom Classic develop module are the same and are covered in this tutorial.

select “create mask”

Choose Radial Gradient

Drag out the gradient to add a spotlight effect on the background.

To make the light brighter, change the exposure.

To give the light color, adjust the temperature. In this instance, we’re enhancing the blueness (cool light).

On the other side, let’s add another light. This will demonstrate how to use both types of gradients.

Select Linear Gradient and Add.

To add some light that would be coming from right above the model and to the side, extend the gradient.

As we add to the mask, you’ll see that the preceding gradient’s parameters are retained. Instead of adding, make a new mask if you want different parameters.

Just make sure the background is affected by the lighting. The model’s lighting will be altered. Select Subtract, Select subject, and then omit our person (Julia, the model’s name).

The lighting won’t have an impact on the model at this time.

Lets add edge light to the model

Click Create New Mask

Choose Subject

You will see our model is masked.

In order to apply the rim light while safeguarding the edges, we now wish to employ the mask as a stencil.

When you press Shift in ACR or Alt/Option in Lightroom, you’ll see that the add/subject field now says Intersect.

Select an interest with a brush.

Only when the two masks overlap will a mask be added by intersect. When adding an edge/rim light, this is amazing because it eliminates the concern of painting outside the model’s mask.

Edges should be painted.

Brighten the exposure

Observe how the model now appears to be lit from the side or back to match the background spill. As it functions like a kicker, separation light, or hair light (but larger and lower), this light wouldn’t be used in front of the model. (I say this because I always get comments on the lighting and I have lit enough people in the studio to know how lights appear).

To match the radial gradient we made in step 1, increase the amount of light on the other side.

I hope you were able to use this straightforward lesson and that you may modify it for your own projects to delve further. Comment below and let me know.

only to be clear, this is only a small sample of the topics I cover in my brand-new course, Masking with Lightroom and Camera RAW. (And no, it isn’t only for portrait photography, a lot of it is landscape as well and all lessons work on any genre of photography).

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