Lightroom/Camera Raw: Brush Mask Option: If its not contiguous, don't select it

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In the earliest days of Lr2, I tried the brush automask - mostly failed attempts, so I quit using it altogether. Tried it again when Lr3 came out - not much better...

Recently, I've been playing with the automask again to try and see if I can learn to use it better.

One problem I have:

The accumulating selection can leap across unselected territory to select bits and pieces of other stuff - not unlike a wildfire. Although this behavior is desirable sometimes, much of the time it just makes for more eraser work. I'd like a control option: if not contiguous with the rest of the mask - don't select it.

This would make it easier to paint selections when you know you want them bounded by some kind of edge.
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Rob Cole

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  • not happy with my ability to use the local brush's automask option.

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Lee Jay

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The magic wand tool in PS has a "contiguous" checkbox. I'm not quite sure how to implement something similar with the vector brush strokes, but it would be helpful if it could be done somehow.
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Rob Cole

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Yes, it would be helpful if it could be done somehow - so why didn't you vote for this idea, Lee Jay?
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I vote for my highest priority ones. Signal to noise is already too low in my opinion. That's also why I haven't started any threads myself.
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TK

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Good idea. I stopped using the "Auto Mask" feature as it almost never yields good results (too many "speckles"). Not sure how much more useful the auto masking would become with this. Ultimately, I think only more sophisticated selection tools would do the trick.
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I agree - if only incremental updates were made to the brush mask, I'd like to see this be one of them, but the brush mask really needs a complete overhaul, IMO - speckling and haloing are prohibitive for all but "dont care" photos or photos that will only be reproduced in a small form factor such that speckling and haloing will be condensed...