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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.
The new Detail Smart Brush tool in Elements 7 comes in handy for painting in adjustments, particularly in tight areas and for using in conjunction with the Smart Brush tool. Let's see how the Detail Smart Brush tool works. I'm going to go to the Toolbox and I'm going to select the Smart Brush tool and from behind it, I'll select the Detail Smart Brush tool. I'm going to go up to the Options bar, I'll click in the Smart Paint adjustment menu and I'm going to choose from that menu, the Lighting category. And then I'm going to select the Spotlight adjustment and I'll click in the Options bar to dismiss this menu I'll come into the image, I'll make my brush a little bigger by pressing the right bracket key and I'm just going to paint around in that headlight to apply the Spotlight adjustment to only the headlight. If I go a little too far, I can go to the Minus option in the Options bar, come back in and just try to fix the edge there where I painted over into the car. So that is how easy it is to paint in adjustments with the Detail Smart Brush tool. Sometimes I'll use the Detail Smart Brush tool to clean up an adjustment made by the Smart Brush tool.
I'll go to the Detail Smart Brush tool, click and hold, and choose the Smart Brush tool. Now, I'm going to go over to the Layers palette and I'm going to click on the background layer. Then I'm going to go up to the Options bar, I'll click the Smart Paint adjustment menu and I'm going to choose a different category than Lighting. I'll choose Special Effects and from there, I'm going to select the Color Inversion adjustment, and I'll click on the Options bar to dismiss this menu. Now, I have the Smart Brush tool selected and I'm going to come in and make my brush a little bigger and I'm going to click and drag over the truck.
This tool works a little differently than the Detail Smart Brush tool. What it does is selects the truck based on its color and tone and automatically applies the adjustment as it makes the selection. We went a little too far so I'll select the Minus icon from the Smart Brush tool Options bar. I'll come in and I just subtract those parts of the adjustment by clicking and dragging over them. There are some areas of the adjustments that I can't get in and select very well with the Minus icon of the Smart Brush tool in particular here in the back window. So that is where I use the Detail Smart Brush tool. I'm going to go back to the Smart Brush tool in the Toolbox, click and hold, and choose the Detail Smart Brush tool.
I'll make sure I have still got the Color Inversion adjustment layer selected in the Layers palette and then I'll come in; make my brush smaller with the left bracket key and then just drag over that back window, subtracting that area from the Color Inversion adjustment. I do the same thing over the red light here because I don't want that light to remain blue. I'll subtract the light from the adjustment, so it goes back to red. That is where the Detail Smart Brush tool comes in really handy. Give it a try to paint in your adjustments in tight spots and refine the adjustments that you make with the Smart Brush tool.
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