Every year, Adobe announces a bunch of updates to their suite of Creative Clouds applications at their annual Adobe Max conference. At this year’s show, we saw some nice updates to both Lightroom Classic CC and its younger sibling, Lightroom CC. However, amongst all of the changes and features announced, the one that has me most excited is a new addition to the Range Mask tools in Lightroom Classic. Now, in addition to Color and Luminance range masks, you can create a Depth mask to limit adjustments to the background of any compatible photo. This is a very exciting feature and it reinforces my belief that computation photography is the direction we’re headed.

Currently, the Depth Range Mask is available for only those photos that have embedded depth map data. As of now, this is limited to HEIC files captured on Apple iPhone 7+, 8+ and X, XS, XS MAX, XR (see the list of supported Apple iPhones) using the Portrait mode in the built-in iOS camera app. You can read more about it on this Adobe blog post. In the meantime, I recorded this video that walks you through how the Depth Range Mask works. It’s very cool!

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