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One of the new tools in Aperture 3 that I'm very excited about are the Quick Brushes, right here. And you can also access them, if you go to any View mode down here. Now, what do these things do? These allow us to do localized adjustments. Well, before when we got to the stage of a photograph, we would often have to go to Photoshop to do this work. This allows us to stay in Aperture longer and sometimes forever without ever having to leave this application.
There are a lot of Quick Brushes, as you can see, right here. I'm going to show you a few of them. We're going to work on this image here. And I'll try to show you the various controls that come with the brushes that we are working on, and those controls also apply to the other brushes. So really, then it just becomes a matter of which adjustment do you want to make? I want to work on this shot a little bit. There are a couple of things about it I'd like to change. So, I am going to go to Full Screen mode to give us a better view of it.
I hit the F key, by the way, to go to Full Screen mode. And then we hit the H key. We're going to bring up our heads-up display, and I'm going to lock it by hitting the little Lock button here. And let's just do a few things. I want to bring up the Definition in this bark a little bit to make it a little bit texture-y. I want to burn this area a little bit, and maybe just even out the blue here. I used the Polarizer, and I'm getting a little bit of that change that happens. And I think Quick Brushes are pretty much the way to go. I've already done some Global Edits, as you can tell, so we're to the stage now where we're refining the photo, and that's what the brushing tools are so good at.
So, I'll go over here to our Adjustments pop-up menu. And the first thing I'm going to do is do a little burning in that lower left-hand corner. So, I'm going to pick Burn. And you'll notice that we get a pop -up menu, and we also get a brick. We'll work with these tools up here, while we're actually doing our brushing. But after we've done our adjustment, we have a slider here where we can make that adjustment more pronounced, or less pronounced, sort of like the Fade slider in Photoshop, and it's a very handy.
Let's go ahead and just do some burning. You can adjust the Brush Size right here. But if you have a mouse that has a Scroll Wheel, you can use a Scroll Wheel, which I really prefer. It's really great. Also, if you are using a Wacom Tablet, Aperture respects the pressure sensitivity of that Tablet and you can that also. So, you have a lot of different options. I'm going to set the Strength fairly strong, just so we can see what's going on here. And I can just start brushing, and you can see, right away, the change, down there in the corner.
If I wanted to constrain the area that I was burning, I go to the Gear menu, and right now I have it constrained to Midtones. I could have it not constrained at all where it just burns everything, or I could just work on Shadows or Highlights. So, set that the way that you want. We'll go ahead and work at Midtones. If you want to check your work, go back to the Gear menu and try Color Overlay right here. So, now we can see what we've been doing.
Now, if I kind of go up into an area that I don't want to burn - it's not that critical on this particular shot - but if I want to clean things up, I can do that. I go to the Eraser tool. I might want to make my Brush Size a little smaller for clean up, so I am using the Scroll Wheel to do that. And then I can just go and take that out. Let's take off the constraint. Go to All. There we go.
So, if it's not doing what you want, you probably have it constrained. And it does respect those constraints, so pay close attention to what's going on. So, we have cleaned that up a bit, so I am going to go back to my Brushing tool, and now I am going to turn off my Overlay, and let's take a look at what we did. So, there we have it. And I go, "Oh, you know what? I want it just a little bit stronger," so then I can do that after I've done the brushing.
Again, this is a subtle adjustment, but that's the point that we're at in working on this photograph. We've already done our Global adjustments. Now we're just fine-tuning. So, I'll go ahead and close that. I want to go ahead and add a little definition to this bark right here again, so I'll go back to Adjustments > Quick Brushes, go to Definition. I want a little bigger tool. I want the Strength pretty strong on this, and I'll - you can pump up the Intensity right here right now, and we'll just add a little Intensity, make that bark more bark-y.
Again, another localized adjustment right here. We've made that bark more bark-y. And then finally, I just want to clean up the sky, and I'm going to use the Polarizer Quick Brush for that. Go back to Adjustments. Go to Quick Brushes. Look for Polarizer. There it is there. Move my pop-up out of the way. I want to bring these tones more in alignment with these tones. I don't want to make it too strong. I want to have lots of softness.
I want a nice big brush because we're working on a big area, and we'll just do a little painting right here. Let's bring these tones in line. We've got a little bit of a line there, you notice. So, we can bring Strength down, and continue to paint a little bit, kind of bring that line down. And now I'll show you the Feather tool, which is very handy, which allows us to go back and now just kind of feather our adjustments. And you can just keep playing with that until you bring that into alignment, and I'll bring my Strength down a little bit.
And I'll just continue to paint until I get the way that I want. If I feel like the Intensity is too strong, if I can't make the correction, then I can always bring that Intensity down later on, and keep playing with it until I get the image the way that I want. And if you decide that you don't like what you did, and you go, "I just made it worse," we can always just turn off that brick, and go back to where you were. And you can remove the adjustment altogether by going to the Gear menu, and say Remove this adjustment.
I go, "You know what? The Polarizer just didn't work." I'm just going to take it out, and we're done. So, Quick Brushes, they allow you to work on specific areas of your photograph. You usually do it a little bit later in the workflow. They are different than the brushes that we get in the bricks, these brushes here. And we're going to talk about those in an upcoming movie. Quick Brushes are more when you just want to make an adjustment with a specific thing right then.
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