Masks Panel Changes In The Lightroom Classic December 2022 (12.1) Update

by Andrew S. Gibson
Masks Panel Changes In The Lightroom Classic December 2022 (12.1) Update


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Adobe released the 12.1 update to Lightroom Classic in December 2022. Most of the updates apply to the Masks panel, which has a different layout and some extra functionality. 

You can see the difference between the old layout and the new one in the screenshots below.

Masks panel changes Lightroom Classic

Here’s a summary of the changes.

1. The sliders are now arranged into four groups – Tone, Color, Presence and Detail. 

2. You can click the triangle next to a group name to hide or reveal the sliders in that group. 

Masks panel changes Lightroom Classic

3. Right-clicking on the Masks panel brings up a menu. One of the options is Solo Mode. 

Masks panel changes Lightroom Classic

Click on this and Lightroom opens up one slider group at a time. You can see the difference below.

Masks panel changes Lightroom Classic

4. Each slider group has an eye icon that you click to hide or reveal the effects of the sliders in that group. It’s grayed out if you haven’t adjusted any of the sliders.

Masks panel changes Lightroom Classic

The eye icon is useful when you’re in Solo Mode or some of the groups are closed. When the eye icon is lit up, it shows that you’ve adjusted at least one slider in that group. If it’s black, it means that you haven’t adjusted any of the sliders.

Masks panel changes Lightroom Classic

5. The Reset Sliders Automatically checkbox has moved to the top of the panel.

6. There are new Delete Empty Mask and Delete All Empty Masks options in the menu that appears when you click the three dot icon next to any mask. 

Note that you’ll only see this option if your photo contains empty masks.

This is useful if you apply an adaptive Develop Preset, sync photos that have AI masks or copy and paste masks from one photo to another. 

For example, you might copy and paste a Teeth mask from a portrait where you can see somebody’s teeth to another where you can’t. In the second portrait the Teeth mask is empty (because there are no teeth for Lightroom to mask). You can delete it quickly (along with any other empty masks) using the Delete All Empty Masks option.

Masks panel changes Lightroom Classic



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