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Using the Detail Smart Brush tool

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Using the Detail Smart Brush tool

The Detail Smart Brush too,l which is which is located here in the toolbar behind the Smart brush tool, comes in handy for painting in adjustments. Particularly in tight areas and it also comes in handy for cleaning up or refining adjustments made with the Smart Brush tool, which I covered in the last movie. I am going to select the Detail Smart Brush tool, then I'll go up to the Options bar for the Detail Smart Brush tool and I'm going to click the arrow to the right of that thumbnail to see a menu that lists the available adjustments that I can make with this tool.

Using the Detail Smart Brush tool

The Detail Smart Brush too,l which is which is located here in the toolbar behind the Smart brush tool, comes in handy for painting in adjustments. Particularly in tight areas and it also comes in handy for cleaning up or refining adjustments made with the Smart Brush tool, which I covered in the last movie. I am going to select the Detail Smart Brush tool, then I'll go up to the Options bar for the Detail Smart Brush tool and I'm going to click the arrow to the right of that thumbnail to see a menu that lists the available adjustments that I can make with this tool.

They are similar to the adjustments that I can make with the Smart Brush tool and as with that tool there is a list of categories of adjustments right here. From this menu I'm going to choose Lighting adjustments and then I can scroll down to choose just the Lighting adjustment that I want, which is the Spotlight adjustment. And then I'll close this menu either by clicking in a blank area of the Options bar, or just clicking the X on the menu. Now I'm going to come into the image, and with a relatively small brush I'm going to apply the Spotlight adjustment to this headlight on the car.

And notice that as I click-and-drag there is no selection being made as with the Smart Brush tool. I'm just painting in the area where I want the adjustment. Let's say I go too far and drag out here by mistake. No problem. I can come up to the Options bar for the Detail Smart Brush tool and click on the icon with the minus symbol right here and then I can move into the image and paint that error away. So basically, I've painted in a lighting adjustment on the headlight and if you'd look at the Layers panel you'll see that using that tool has created an adjustment type layer here.

With that layer selected, I can see in the Adjustments panel that it actually is a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer, just like a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer that I showed you how to apply manually earlier in the course. Because this is an adjustment layer, when I have the Spotlight 1 layer selected in the Layers panel, I can tweak the Brightness or the Contrast at any time by going down to the Adjustments panel and moving the sliders. So that's one use of the Detail Smart Brush tool, to paint in adjustments particularly when there are tight areas that it's difficult to get in and select.

I'll also use the Detail Smart Brush tool often when I've already made an adjustment with its cousin, the Smart Brush tool, and I want to just refine that adjustment. So I'm going to go to the toolbar and I'll click on the Detail Smart Brush tool and I'll choose the Smart Brush tool from the flyout menu. The Smart Brush tool offers many of the same adjustments as the Detail Smart Brush tool. Before I choose one I'm going to close this menu by clicking in a blank area of the Options bar and I'm going to click off of the Spotlight layer onto another layer so that Elements knows that I want to create a different adjustment this time.

Then I'll go up to the Options bar for the Smart Brush tool. I'll click the arrow to the right of the thumbnail in the Options bar and I'm going to choose a different category of adjustments this time. I'll go Special Effects, and then I'm going to choose the Color Inversion Special Effect, and click in the Options bar to close that menu. Now I'm going to you click-and-drag over the car and as you can see the Smart Brush tool is selecting an area and applying the adjustment to the selected area all at once, as I explained in an earlier movie.

If I want to add to that selection, I'll make my brush a little smaller by pressing the left bracket key, and I can come and try to select this area in here. But it's really pretty hard to get in there with the Smart Brush tool. So that's where the Detail Smart Brush tool is going to come in handy. Notice that the Smart Brush tool made a Color Inversion adjustment layer here in the Layers panel. With that layer selected in the Layers panel, I'll switch from the Smart Brush tool in the toolbar to the Detail Smart Brush tool. Then I'll go up to the Options bar for the Detail Smart Brush tool.

It's currently set to the minus icon, which means I can paint away some of this adjustment. So I'll come into the image and I'll paint away this area and because I'm painting and not creating a selection, I have a little more control over these tight areas. I might also want to paint away the blue adjustment from this headlight, bringing back the original color, red. So that's where the Detail Smart Brush tool comes in really handy. Give it a try to paint in your adjustments in tight spots and to refine the adjustments that you make with the related Smart Brush tool.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

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Jan Kabili
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  1. 10m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 35s
    3. Launching the Welcome screen
      3m 12s
    4. Touring Elements
      4m 20s
  2. 29m 45s
    1. Working with catalogs
      3m 16s
    2. Getting photos from your hard drive
      2m 49s
    3. Changing thumbnail display options
      4m 35s
    4. Getting photos from a camera or card
      9m 43s
    5. Getting photos from a CD/DVD or an external drive
      4m 46s
    6. Getting photos from a scanner
      4m 36s
  3. 43m 15s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 44s
    2. Viewing photos
      5m 11s
    3. Selecting photos
      2m 58s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 39s
    5. Renaming photos
      2m 7s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      2m 0s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      5m 24s
    8. Stacking photos
      8m 9s
    9. Moving files
      4m 43s
    10. Backing up catalogs
      4m 20s
  4. 52m 4s
    1. Applying keyword tags
      8m 33s
    2. Finding photos by keyword tags
      3m 41s
    3. Finding photos with the Keyword Tag Cloud
      1m 56s
    4. Applying Smart Tags
      4m 29s
    5. Automatically tagging people in photos
      7m 54s
    6. Applying star ratings
      2m 48s
    7. Organizing photos in albums
      4m 10s
    8. Organizing photos in Smart Albums
      6m 44s
    9. Finding photos with Text Search
      4m 31s
    10. Finding photos from the Find menu
      5m 10s
    11. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 8s
  5. 29m 18s
    1. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      11m 12s
    2. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 10s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 22s
    4. Using Date View
      3m 41s
    5. Mapping photos
      4m 53s
  6. 56m 46s
    1. Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer
      8m 22s
    2. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      6m 12s
    3. Applying Quick Fix controls
      11m 10s
    4. Using Quick Fix tools
      11m 2s
    5. Working in Guided Edit in the Editor
      4m 45s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      5m 57s
    7. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      9m 18s
  7. 1h 12m
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      5m 5s
    2. Opening files in Full Edit
      2m 13s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 57s
    4. Using tools
      6m 11s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      4m 22s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 18s
    7. Using Undo History
      5m 56s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 30s
    9. Creating a blank file
      5m 58s
    10. Photo resizing and resolution
      9m 59s
    11. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 8s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 49s
    13. Saving files
      7m 47s
  8. 17m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 28s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      4m 51s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      9m 17s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Understanding selections
      2m 27s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 6s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 27s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 54s
  10. 1h 0m
    1. Cropping and straightening
      3m 49s
    2. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      2m 54s
    3. Applying adjustment layers
      7m 53s
    4. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    5. Merging multiple exposures
      6m 33s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 54s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      3m 39s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 21s
    9. Correcting skin tone
      2m 34s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      4m 4s
    11. Sharpening photos
      7m 42s
    12. Working with raw photos
      9m 52s
  11. 24m 50s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      7m 52s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      4m 26s
    3. Dodging and burning
      2m 18s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      5m 17s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 41s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 16s
  12. 31m 3s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 8s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 16s
    3. Running automated actions
      1m 51s
    4. Using layer styles
      6m 6s
    5. Using shapes
      8m 12s
    6. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      3m 13s
    7. Converting color to black and white
      3m 17s
  13. 9m 29s
    1. Creating text
      5m 8s
    2. Editing text
      2m 59s
    3. Warping text
      1m 22s
  14. 38m 50s
    1. Making a photo book
      8m 26s
    2. Making a photo collage
      9m 0s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      11m 25s
    4. Stitching a photo panorama
      4m 3s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      5m 56s
  15. 33m 54s
    1. Printing photos
      2m 58s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages
      4m 58s
    3. Sending photos by email and Photo Mail
      5m 57s
    4. Burning photos to CD/DVD
      1m 17s
    5. Ordering prints and books
      1m 59s
    6. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 15s
    7. Sharing photos online at Photoshop.com
      7m 40s
    8. Backing up and synchronizing online
      3m 40s
    9. Getting inspiration from Adobe.com
      2m 10s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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