I learned a basic trick when masking that helped me out. It will be a duh to some of you, but for me, I was happy to figure it out.
Say you have some close up pine trees and distant very hazy forest behind, and you want to clear the haze. So, you are drawing a mask around the branches of the near pines. When you are done and have auto filled over the haze, then you still may have gobs of the blue/gray haze that shows through the inner branches of the near pines. If you were to use your current mask level on the inner branches, your branches go too dark.
So, I dropped the opacity of the brush to 30 - 50% and then draw the same mask over the inner pines. It's just enough to drop the blue haze between the branches, but not so dark as to make the branches look weird. It was a duh for me when I figured it out. Lol.
Might help someone?
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