The Adjustment Brush Overlay in Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom Classic

When painting with the Adjustment Brush in the Develop Module in Lightroom, tap the “O” key to Show/Hide Mask Overlay. Add the Shift key to cycle the mask overlay colors (red, green and white). Displaying the mask overlay can make it much easier to see areas the areas that are included/excluded from the adjustment in order to make refinements to the mask. 

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Posted on 01-08-2014


  • By Donncha O Caoimh - 9:01 AM on January 8, 2014  

    Nice! I didn’t know about that. Thank you!

  • By Alan Jones - 12:58 PM on January 8, 2014  

    I am fascinated by your collection Given Moments. Could you please give me a hint as to how you produced these amazing images?

    Thank you.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 12:32 PM on January 10, 2014  

      Alan, they are all camera phone images that have been processed through Instagram. Its about as simple as it gets!

      • By Alan Jones - 7:09 AM on January 12, 2014  

        Thank you! I will investigate. I have been trying to import smart objects, create smart filters, layer masks etc and paint them with the mixer brush and I couldn’t even get close!

        Keep up the great work. Your tutorials are wonderful.


  • By Anatole Beams - 3:17 PM on January 14, 2014  

    You mention in your blog about Lightroom 5.2 that the adjustment brush pins may be moved. But there still appears to be no way of doing this. Clicking and dragging just changes the global settings for the adjustment and no combination of option keys lets you move the pin. You can delete and duplicate and copy the settings by deleting and placing a new one, but if you have traced an overlay, you cannot move it (unless I am mistaken).

    Kind regards, Anatole