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Using the new Smart Brush tool

From: Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Using the new Smart Brush tool

A brand new tool in Elements 7 makes it easier than ever to apply an adjustment to a selected area of an image. The Smart Brush tool works all in one step to select an area of an image and apply an adjustment to that selection. Elements 7 comes with a variety of adjustments for this tool that cover the gamut from practical to fun. Once you get the hang of this user friendly feature, I think you are really going to use it often. Let me show it to you by selecting the Smart Brush tool in the Toolbox right here.

Using the new Smart Brush tool

A brand new tool in Elements 7 makes it easier than ever to apply an adjustment to a selected area of an image. The Smart Brush tool works all in one step to select an area of an image and apply an adjustment to that selection. Elements 7 comes with a variety of adjustments for this tool that cover the gamut from practical to fun. Once you get the hang of this user friendly feature, I think you are really going to use it often. Let me show it to you by selecting the Smart Brush tool in the Toolbox right here.

That opens the Smart Paint adjustment menu. If yours doesn't open automatically, click this arrow to the right of the Smart Paint adjustment field in the Options bar. This menu lists all of the adjustments that are available for the Smart Brush tool and it puts them in categories. So, I can click the Category menu here and see that we have Black and White adjustments and Color adjustments and Lighting adjustments and more. I'm going to choose the Color adjustments. Using the adjustments in this menu, I can change the color of an object.

If I scroll down, you can see there are lots of choices here. I'm going to choose Hers, which is a pink color, and then I'm going to click in the Options bar at the top of the screen to dismiss that menu. I would like to change the color of this cloak from blue to pink and so, I'm going to come in with the Smart Brush tool. I'm going to make my brush tip a little bigger and I'm going to start to paint. And as I do, the Smart Brush tool selects the cloak and applies the adjustment to it. It is that fast.

I see that the tool selected a little bit too much over here, it got some of these cards and so, I'm going to go to the Options bar and select the Minus icon there. I come down into the image again and I'm going to make my brush a little smaller by pressing the left bracket key. And then I'll just paint over those cards to subtract them from the adjustment. If you look at the Layers palette, you will see that what the Smart Brush tool did is create an adjustment layer, complete with the layer mask. As long as that layer stays selected, I can change the adjustment from the pink color adjustment to any of the others in the Smart Paint adjustment menu.

So for example, if I go back up to that menu and open it by clicking the arrow to the right of the Smart Paint adjustment field, I can choose a different color for this cloak. I'll choose Button Down Brown and then I'll click in the Options bar to dismiss that menu again. I also can control the edge of this selection making it softer or contracting it or expanding it, using the Refined Edge feature, which I access from this button in the Options bar. This is the same dialog box that you have seen with the selection tools, which I covered in other movies. From this dialog box, I could smooth the edge of the adjustment, feather the edge; in other words, make it softer, or contract or expand the edge of the adjustment.

I'll drag that Contract/Expand slider over to the left so that you can see that the adjustment has contracted and you can see a bit of the original blue cloak behind the adjustment. I'm going to reset these by holding the Alt key to change the Cancel button to a Reset button and clicking there and then I'll cancel. You can have more than one adjustment on the same image. To do that, the trick is to go to the Layers palette and make sure you don't have the Adjustment layer selected. So, I'm going to click on the background layer instead. Now, I can go back up to the Smart Paint Adjustment menu in the Options bar, click to open the menu and I can choose a different color or a different adjustment from another category if I wanted to.

But I'll take this Chocoholic and I'm going to close this menu by clicking in the Options bar and then with the Smart Brush tool I'm going to paint over the hat, which immediately turns brown. One of the nice things about Smart Brush adjustments is that they remain editable and that means that I can change any of these adjustments at any time. So for example, let's say, I want to change the color of the hat but I didn't see in the menu the color that I wanted. I would come back to the Chocoholic layer that controls the color of the hat and double-click the icon on the left side of the layer. That opens the Gradient Map adjustment dialog box.

This happens to be the technology behind this particular adjustment. I can come over to the brown to white gradient that is controlling the adjustment right now. Click on the arrow to the right of it and choose a different gradient instead and keep your eye on the hat, the hat changes color. I'll click OK to accept that change and I could also if I wanted use the layer mask here to change where the adjustment occurs on the image by painting with black, white, or gray on the layer mask. One last thing. The Smart Brush tool is the underlined technology behind several of the tools in the Quick Fix workspace.

Those are the tools in the new Touch Up palette. Let me show you quickly. I'm going to go to the Quick Fix workspace and down here in the Touch Up palette, there is a whitened teeth tool, a blue skies tool, and a black and white high contrast tool that all use the same technology that we just saw with the Smart Brush tool. They just do it with one click automatically and don't offer you all the options that I just showed you. I'm going to go back to the Full Edit mode to remind you that the Smart Brush tool is a flexible for you to paint in all kinds of different adjustments. It makes applying an adjustment a one-step operation and it creates adjustments that can be changed and edited at any time. This is really, I think, one of the most exciting new features in Elements 7 and I really urge you to give it a try

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  1. 9m 23s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      6m 59s
    3. Using the example files
      1m 30s
  2. 22m 34s
    1. Understanding the Organizer's catalog system
      3m 17s
    2. Getting photos from files and folders
      5m 41s
    3. Getting photos from a digital camera
      7m 27s
    4. Getting photos from offline media
      3m 7s
    5. Getting photos from a scanner
      3m 2s
  3. 35m 0s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 30s
    2. Viewing photos
      2m 19s
    3. Selecting photos
      1m 52s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 7s
    5. Renaming photos
      1m 57s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      1m 56s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 50s
    8. Stacking photos
      7m 33s
    9. Moving files
      4m 1s
    10. Backing up
      2m 55s
  4. 31m 50s
    1. Tagging photos
      8m 38s
    2. Finding photos by tags
      3m 57s
    3. Tagging face photos
      3m 1s
    4. Using albums and Smart Albums
      7m 43s
    5. Finding photos with Text Search
      3m 34s
    6. Finding photos from the Find menu
      2m 57s
    7. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 0s
  5. 16m 27s
    1. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      5m 28s
    2. Comparing photos
      4m 9s
    3. Using Date view
      2m 54s
    4. Using Map view
      3m 56s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer
      7m 58s
    2. Semi-automatically fixing photos with Quick Fix
      10m 39s
    3. Using the Guided Edit mode
      4m 33s
    4. Fixing group shots automatically
      3m 44s
    5. Removing stray content with the Scene Cleaner
      6m 9s
  7. 57m 41s
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      4m 46s
    2. Opening a file
      2m 6s
    3. Creating a blank file
      4m 36s
    4. Using tools
      8m 5s
    5. Setting Edit preferences
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting Color settings
      5m 18s
    7. Using the Undo History command
      3m 48s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 7s
    9. Resizing photos and adjusting resolution
      8m 23s
    10. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 24s
    11. Saving files
      6m 37s
  8. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 38s
    2. Working in the Layers palette
      4m 4s
    3. Using layer masks
      4m 54s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Understanding selections
      1m 15s
    2. Manual selection tools
      6m 20s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 25s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 50s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Straightening and cropping
      2m 46s
    2. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment
      2m 41s
    3. Adjusting with Levels
      5m 0s
    4. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 14s
    5. Using Color Curves
      4m 44s
    6. Removing a color cast
      4m 9s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 20s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      2m 47s
    9. Sharpening photos
      6m 27s
    10. Editing raw photos
      6m 45s
  11. 25m 21s
    1. Using the new Smart Brush tool
      5m 50s
    2. Using the Smart Brush Detail tool
      3m 13s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 58s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content
      2m 9s
    6. Using the Red Eye tool
      1m 11s
    7. Using the Whiten Teeth tool
      1m 48s
    8. Using the Blue Skies Tool
      1m 28s
    9. Using the Black/White tool
      1m 13s
    10. Converting color to black and white
      2m 40s
  12. 22m 10s
    1. Applying filters
      6m 21s
    2. Applying effects
      3m 53s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 13s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 49s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      1m 54s
  13. 7m 34s
    1. Creating text
      4m 6s
    2. Editing text
      1m 58s
    3. Warping text
      1m 30s
  14. 38m 38s
    1. Making a photo book
      10m 0s
    2. Making a photo collage
      8m 10s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      10m 11s
    4. Making a panorama
      3m 50s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      4m 6s
    6. Using automated actions
      2m 21s
  15. 9m 50s
    1. Using email and Photo Mail
      4m 42s
    2. Printing your photos
      2m 55s
    3. Using Quick Share
      2m 13s
  16. 19m 17s
    1. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 33s
    2. Viewing and sharing your photos online
      6m 0s
    3. Backing up and synchronizing albums online
      6m 28s
    4. Accessing ongoing inspiration from Adobe.com
      3m 16s
  17. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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