Lightroom: select an object rather than color for editing

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To apply local changes to an image in Lightroom, we're given brushes. Whilst handy, they are difficult to use on objects that have pointy bits on them. For example, try and use a brush to adjust the exposure of a bare tree without impacting the background. Further to this, using the brush to "paint" complex areas is a fraught exercise.

In Photoshop there is the ability to select by color which kind of goes in the right direction, except that use of cut-n-paste of color areas when used with layers always leaves fringes and it looks horrid.

What I'd like to be able to do with both applications is select an object to modify, rather than a set of colors. Maybe the object is a car, maybe it is a tree, maybe it is a mountain or just a mouse. Whatever it is, it doesn't matter, What Lightroom (and/or photoshop) need is a good edge/boundary detection algorithm that allows me to "select an object". Btw, on a similar note, it would be useful to have a "select sky" function where you give it an area within which the sky bits are located and the application does the rest of the work in working out all of the relevant bits.
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