Lightroom: Do not touch filter

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I have a thought... what about a "Do Not Touch" filter? My idea is a filter, using a brush, that you probably ad at the start of your "develop" workflow, where you can place an overlay over something and you're basically saying "I want this to look exactly like it did straight out of camera no matter what I do to the image, except maybe for the calibration, transform, effect and correction sections. I don't know... just a thought I had after editing a landscape image with the moon in it where the moon got totally blown out and bloomed thanks to the other edits. I had to finish my LR edits and then go into PS and copy and paste the moon from the original raw file onto the fully edited image.
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Is there any reason why a Snapshot wouldn't work? You could apply your "calibration, transform, effect and correction sections" and then create a Snapshot called "Do Not Touch". You could continue to edit the photo and then revert - as needed - to the "Do Not Touch" version. 
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I don't understand. How do you keep the new edits and revert part of the image that way? I understand Jeff's suggestion below. But your idea sounds like it stays in LR. How do you do that?
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My suggestion gives you a way to create two versions of the same raw file. You will still need to assemble the composite/blend in another program. 
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Create a virtual copy. Make your edits then bring both the VC and original into PS as layers then apply a layer mask to remove or hide the unwanted changes