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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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