I am fairly new to Lightroom and Photoshop so perhaps my workflow is poor or I am thinking this the wrong way. Regardless, I will really appreciate any insight you all can provide me!

I have a single image that I am trying to do some correction on the sky to. In Lightroom I am using the Color > Blue > Luminance > -100 option to remove a lot of the over exposed blue in the sky, which gives me just the effect I am after (Original | Edited). The problem is that Lightroom only allows that adjustment globally which affects the other blue aspects of my image. Knowing this I figured I would be able to make the adjustment in Photoshop instead.

Using the "Edit in Photoshop" option within Lightroom, I have brought the photo into Photoshop, but cannot find a suitable way to achieve the same effect to the sky as I did in Lightroom. It seems there isn't a luminance control on specific color like there is in Lightroom. I can make a selection/mask for just the sky and apply various effects such as hue/saturation and curves, but none of them get anywhere near the result I get in Lightroom with the luminance on blues being at -100.

My next thought was that I could bring one version with the sky untouched into Photoshop, go back to Lightroom and adjust the blue luminance to -100, then bring that version also into Photoshop as a new layer on the first version, but that isn't working. Creating a virtual copy and applying the luminance adjustment to it, selecting both versions in Lightroom, and using the "Edit In > Open as layers in Photoshop" results in only one image on a single layer. Doing just the same, but choosing "Edit in Photoshop" instead results in both versions being on two different projects, not the same one. Since I don't have saved files of the two versions from Lightroom, I can't import or place both into the same project from within Photoshop either.

I'm out of ideas and my Googlefu is turning up nothing helpful. Is there a way to selectively apply the luminance adjustment only to the sky in Lightroom or remove the adjustment from the areas I don't want it to apply to? Is there a better way in Photoshop that would achieve the same effect or a way to import both versions from Lightroom into Photoshop under the same project? Again, I appreciate any insight anyone can provide! Thanks!

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    Have you looked into using the Lightroom adjustment brush? helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/help/apply-local-adjustments.html
    – steel
    Jul 2, 2017 at 15:43
  • Yes, but it does not allow for a luminance adjustment on blue only thus not giving me the desired effect.
    – Trevor
    Jul 3, 2017 at 0:02
  • I don't understand. It lets you select an area, then you can tone down the blue only for that area. That avoids the problem you stated, which in fact is not true: "The problem is that Lightroom only allows that adjustment globally which affects the other blue aspects of my image"
    – steel
    Jul 3, 2017 at 14:00
  • The adjustment brush does not have a luminance adjustment at all yet alone one for blue only. I could adjust the temp, exposure, highlights, saturation, dehaze, etc., but not adjust the luminance of blue to -100. I found a way to achieve what I needed which I have made a reply about below.
    – Trevor
    Jul 4, 2017 at 21:28

2 Answers 2


I found a good way to do what I needed. Here is what I did:

I made a virtual copy of my image without the luminance adjustment, made the -100 adjustment to blue on that copy and left the original alone, selected both and opened both in Photoshop. Opening both in Photoshop put them on different projects. From there, I made a selection of the sky on the image that I wanted, copied it to a new layer, moved that layer from to the other project which contained the image without the sky I wanted. I then moved the selection into the sky for a perfect overlap, used a black layer mask to hide that from my underlying image, and then "painted in" my new sky using a white brush with a soft edge. It worked perfectly and without me saving an image, importing it again, editing it, and saving it once more.


NIK Viveza allows you to recolor any part of the image desired. Works as a plugin for Lightroom and for Photoshop.

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