Masking Solid Backgrounds in Luminar

By | 2018-02-13T14:21:49+00:00 October 18th, 2017|4 Comments

The masking tools in Luminar are straightforward, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t create detailed masks! I have a technique that I use to replace skies and solid backgrounds using Luminar. It’s pretty slick! Below you’ll find a short video where I demonstrate a technique you can use to make a very quick and detailed mask to replace backgrounds and skies. And, if you’d like to give Luminar a try for yourself, click here (or use the button below).

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Watch the Tutorial

Watch below to learn my masking technique:

View the before/after image from the tutorial:

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. ELLIOT STERN November 1, 2017 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Hi Nicole, Great presentation with a lot of steps. But putting it all together incredibly effective. I am so used to see you doing stuff for On1 Photo Raw, which I have given up on a dozen times and now finally gave up completely with the “””upgrade””” 2018.

    There have been times, working with Luminar that I was frustrated with the way it handled Fuji files but with their recent developments that no longer seems to be an issue.

    Thanks for the presentation on replacing the sky. It was great. I am sure I shall be pre ordering their new version shortly.


  2. jessica schulman November 20, 2017 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    im trying to mask out a sky by painting the mask in. (using windows). I create the mask, click done, drop in the sky, and nothing happens. All I see is the sky- my original picture does not show at all. (In this case its a mans head in front of a picture- trying to get rid of the picture). Followed the directions in the manual, but to no avail.

  3. Wei Chong December 13, 2017 at 2:17 am - Reply

    Very nice. Easy to understand and perform. Thanks. Wish Skylum would implement multiple (Zone-based) masks, or allow developers an API that would allow them to create panels that would allow masks by Zone. Just a more detailed version of what you needed to do with Luminar’s elementary mask. But until that alternative becomes reality, I’ll use your workflow. Thanks for sharing.

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