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Using the Detail Smart Brush tool

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Using the Detail Smart Brush tool

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.

Using the Detail Smart Brush tool

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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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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