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The Adjustment Brush

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Video: The Adjustment Brush

We are going to continue to work with one of our collections, in particular the black-and-white collection. Let's go ahead and press the E key to zoom in on this image and while I like this image, one of things that I notice is that this part is a little bit too dark and I would like to paint in some brightness to this area. Well, the best way to do that is to navigate to the Develop module and to use the Adjustment Brush. The shortcut key for the Adjustment Brush is the K key and if I go ahead and press that right now it will open up this particular tool. Now one of the things that's nice about this tool is I can increase the Exposure and maybe a little bit of Contrast and a little bit of Brightness and what I can do then is I can hover over the image.

The Adjustment Brush

We are going to continue to work with one of our collections, in particular the black-and-white collection. Let's go ahead and press the E key to zoom in on this image and while I like this image, one of things that I notice is that this part is a little bit too dark and I would like to paint in some brightness to this area. Well, the best way to do that is to navigate to the Develop module and to use the Adjustment Brush. The shortcut key for the Adjustment Brush is the K key and if I go ahead and press that right now it will open up this particular tool. Now one of the things that's nice about this tool is I can increase the Exposure and maybe a little bit of Contrast and a little bit of Brightness and what I can do then is I can hover over the image.

Now there are couple of shortcuts that are helpful when you're using this tool. If you press the Bracket keys, Left Bracket it will make your brush size smaller. You can see that it's decreasing the size right here. Left Bracket is smaller, Right Bracket is bigger. If you press Shift+Left Bracket, it decreases the Feather amount or the transition. Shift+Right bracket increases the Feather. Now if you want to change the Flow, simply press a number in your keyboard. I will press the number 3. It takes it to 30. I am going to go ahead and press 7 that will take it up to 70.

Well, now that I have dialed in my Brush here, I might make it a little bit smaller. Press the Left Bracket key. What I am going to do is start to brighten up the face. So I am going to go ahead and click and start the paint on the face. As I do that, I have a problem because it sets this little pin wherever you began to paint. Now one of the problems with that is it that pin gets in the way. Well there are a couple of ways that we can begin to work with this, and this works a little bit like some of our crop shortcuts with the Crop Overlay, because this little pin essentially is an overlay.

What you can do is you can press the H key and that's going to hide that little pin. Press it again it'll bring it back. What's actually happening here is it showing these Edit Pins on either Auto or Always or Never, and you can toggle through those different options by pressing the H key. Now one of the thing that's interesting is if you go up to the Auto option, when you hover over the adjustment, you begin the paint on the surfer here, you can see that the pin disappears. It comes back when I stop clicking.

When I hover off of the image though it disappears as well. So Auto is kind of nice although my preference is to use Always and then just press the H key to turn that on and off and to go through those two different modes. Well in this particular case, let's say that what I want to do is decrease the Flow amount. I will press 3 to go 30%. I am just going to go ahead and work to brighten up some of these other areas of the surfer. What you can do when you are painting with this is sometimes you make a mistake in not really be aware of your mistakes.

I am going to go ahead and paint outside of this and a lot of times you can start to see your mistake by looking at what's called the mask overlay. Now you can show the mask overlay either by clicking on this button here or by pressing the O key. Either way it will be the same exact thing. So when I press the O key, think of O for overlay, it shows me I was not only brightening up the guy. I was also brightening up the background. Well it's very easy to erase what I've done, and I can do that by going to be a Erase button here, and I will decrease my Feather and Flow a little bit, a little bit larger size here, and then I'll start to paint.

Now if I have a higher Flow, it's going to paint that away or erase what I've done in a little bit more quick fashion. You don't always want to have this overlay on, because maybe right now I'm painting and I am saying "is this really good or not? I don't know." Well you remember the shortcut. It's the O key and that toggles that on or off. Now a lot of times when you're working with color photographs, the overlay won't really work very well. Let's say you're masking a red dress, and the overlay is red. You can't really tell if it looks good.

Well, here's another shortcut for you. If you press the Shift+O key, what that will do is it will toggle through different overlay colors and that can be a really nice way to begin to work on things. Well, let's go ahead and clean that up a little bit and then move along. Well one of the problems like in my particular case is that while the pin is gone, I'm not really sure how I can make an adjustment to this overall area especially when I start to have multiple adjustments. Let me show you what I mean. Well, the best way in my opinion to make another adjustment is to press the K key once, which exits out of the tool.

Press the K key again and then go ahead and start painting, and let's say I want to brighten up the surfboard and maybe the seaweed here and maybe some of the trees in the background a little bit. My adjustments here are pretty loose, but I'm just doing this for way of illustration. Well again the problem is well how do I go back and select the other adjustment? Well, if you press the H key, it will bring those pins back and in this case you can see I'm currently working on this area here, hovering over the pin, showing me my mask overlay. Well, if I want to go back to this particular pin, I have to click on that and now that that area is active, I can then do something kind of interesting.

If I go ahead and click on the pin and drag to the left, you can see that it's modifying my adjustments. Click and drag to the right. It's going to go ahead and increase those adjustments. So while those pins are sometimes kind of distracting, they also are incredibly helpful and that's one of the reasons why you want to learn these new shortcuts inside of Lightroom 3 for showing and hiding those pins. So again, it's that H key which takes you through those different view modes, which can be really helpful especially when you have multiple adjustments and you need to start working on those adjustments in different ways.

Well that wraps up our look at some of the new features with the Adjustment Brush inside of Lightroom 3.

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Lightroom 3 New Features

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  1. 14m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 26s
    2. Comparing Lightroom 2 with Lightroom 3
      12m 27s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 20m 32s
    1. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 54s
    2. Importing photos and movies from a CF card
      6m 31s
    3. Adding and importing photos from a folder
      3m 51s
    4. Synchronizing and finding missing photos
      4m 16s
  3. 34m 46s
    1. Filtering photos
      4m 0s
    2. Working with collections
      5m 1s
    3. Modifying image and thumbnail overlays
      3m 17s
    4. Crop presets and overlays
      5m 43s
    5. Using Auto Sync
      5m 33s
    6. Working with movies
      7m 13s
    7. Using Smart Collections for video files
      2m 10s
    8. Focal length filtering and Smart Collections
      1m 49s
  4. 19m 10s
    1. Setting up Flickr publishing services
      3m 47s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 4s
    3. Publishing to a Flickr Photoset
      3m 56s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 11s
    5. Publishing to a Smart Folder or Smart Photoset
      3m 12s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. How sharpening works in Lightroom 3
      4m 48s
    2. Introducing noise reduction
      4m 45s
    3. Applying sharpening and noise reduction
      8m 23s
    4. Adding a grain effect
      4m 31s
    5. Using the Collections panel
      5m 42s
    6. The Adjustment Brush
      5m 48s
    7. The Graduated filter
      2m 10s
    8. Adding a vignette
      5m 45s
    9. Improvements to the Crop tool
      1m 59s
    10. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 40s
    11. Understanding the Point Tone Curve
      3m 10s
    12. Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
      4m 2s
    13. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 46s
    14. Enhancing images with Lens Correction
      3m 6s
  6. 5m 16s
    1. Adding audio to a slideshow
      5m 16s
  7. 11m 13s
    1. Introducing the custom print package
      3m 42s
    2. Working with the custom print package
      7m 31s
  8. 8m 46s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      2m 12s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      6m 34s
  9. 7m 41s
    1. Optimizing and backing up a catalog
      2m 49s
    2. Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs
      2m 13s
    3. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      2m 39s
  10. 27m 21s
    1. New presets in the Develop, Web, and Print modules
      3m 26s
    2. Importing and working with CMYK images
      5m 55s
    3. Bonus workflow tips
      4m 51s
    4. Adding watermarks in the Print, Slideshow, and Web modules
      1m 20s
    5. Making creative watermarks
      3m 20s
    6. IPTC Extension metadata
      1m 16s
    7. Exporting by file size and with watermarks
      1m 51s
    8. Exporting collections
      3m 22s
    9. Ejecting an external hard drive
      2m 0s
  11. 1m 44s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 15s
    2. What's next
      29s

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