I intend to buy PhotoLab 6.3 and am just getting to know the program by using the 30-day trial version. I have already been able to learn many image development steps from instructional videos and the online manual, and have already developed some of my images and achieved quite good results.
Regarding the local adjustments I still have some difficulties and ask for your help or tips. What is the best way to mask complex structures, for example the branches of a tree or the grid of a power pole?
I attach two example images to which my question refers. They are the unprocessed RAW files directly from the camera, which I exported to JPEG without further development, since I can’t fetch the original RAW files here.
One is a power pole in the late afternoon intentionally photographed against the clouds, through which the winter sun is only dimly shining. I would like to mask the power pole to lighten the pole grid a bit with a local adjustment. How can I mask just the grid with local adjustments to make the brightening only affect the grid? I have not had satisfactory results with either control points or a control line.
The second image is a backlit shot on a winter day. Here I want to darken the background and brighten the tree in the foreground with local adjustments. Again, I did not get satisfactory results with either control points or the control line.
Do any of you have tips or help for me on how to mask the complex meshes in such a way that a local adjustment that is precisely delimited from the rest of the image is possible?
Many thanks for any advice.