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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image editing application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements 8, along with its companion program, Bridge CS4, to organize and edit photos, build projects like web galleries and photo collages, and share photos with family and friends. Jan 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 tool is another new tool in Elements 8. It's located behind the Smart Brush tool in the toolbar and it's similar to the Smart Brush tool. In the last movie, I showed you how the Smart Brush tool can be used to create a selection and apply an adjustment to that selection all in one step. Well, the Detail Smart Brush tool doesn't make a selection. Instead, it allows me to paint in an adjustment wherever I want it, so I get a little more control than I do with the Smart Brush tool, but it's not as useful for covering a large area.
I am going to select the Detail Smart Brush tool here in the toolbar and then I'll go up to the Options bar for this tool and I am going to click on the Preset Picker icon here to open this list of effects that I can apply with the Detail Smart Brush tool. These are the same effects that I can apply with the Smart Brush tool. There are categories of effects in this menu. I am going to choose Lighting effects and then I am going to scroll down and I am going to select the Spotlight effect. I would like to paint in a Spotlight effect on top of the spotlight on the truck.
So I'll just come into the image and I'll start painting over that spotlight and you can see as I do that the spotlight is getting a little brighter. If I go too far, painting down here by mistake, I get this little pop-up menu with a Minus icon on it. I can select that Minus icon and then I can come in and just paint away my mistake, removing the effect from that area. Alternatively, that Minus icon is available from the Options bar up here. In the LAYERS panel, you can see that the tool has made a new adjustment layer that contains its own layer mask limiting the area to which the Spotlight effect is applied.
The black part of the layer mask is hiding the Spotlight effect. The white part of the layer mask is showing it. The Detail Smart Brush tool comes in handy when you want to just clean up an adjustment that you've made with the Smart Brush tool. To show you that, I am going to click off of this adjustment layer and on to a different layer, I'll click on the Background layer and then I am going to go over to the toolbar and I am going to select the Smart Brush tool. Here in the Preset Picker menu, I am going to choose a different effect. I'll go to the Category menu there and I am going to choose Special Effects and then I'll select the Color Inversion special effect, then I'll close this Preset Picker by clicking the X.
Now, I am going to move into the image and I am going to click-and-drag over this truck. And I am being a little bit sloppy as I do that, I've actually allowed the tool to select and apply this effect to more than just the truck. I can use the Detail Smart Brush tool to clean this up. So I'll go back to the toolbar and I'll choose Detail Smart Brush tool. In the LAYERS panel, notice that there is a new layer for the adjustment that I just applied with the Smart Brush tool. It's this Color Inversion layer. I have that layer selected and if it's not selected, I can select it by clicking this little icon right here on the truck.
Now, with that Detail Smart Brush tool selected in the toolbar, I'll go up to the Options bar and I'll click this Minus icon and then I'll come into the image and I'll paint away some parts of the adjustment that I made with the Smart Brush tool, where I don't want the image to change, here and maybe in this window in the back of the truck. And if I go too far and paint away some of the effect that I really want to keep, I could go back to the Options bar and click the Plus icon for the Detail Smart Brush tool and paint back in, in this area.
So that's the Detail Smart Brush tool, which you can use in conjunction with the Smart Brush tool to refine adjustments applied to an image.
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