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Here, we're going to take a look at a creative effect that we typically perform in Photoshop, yet here we're going to accomplish this right inside of Lightroom. And it has to do with removing color and then painting in the original color into specific areas of the photograph. Well, with this picture, when I first saw it, I zoomed in on it, and I was really struck by the clarity and the beauty of the eyes, and so I want to do something fun with the eyes and with the eye color and the overall color of the image. To do that, let's go ahead and click again to zoom out, and then let's select the adjustment brush. You can select this tool by pressing the K key or by clicking on the tool in the tool strip. Once you've selected the tool, let's go ahead and modify the settings.
We want to take the saturation all the way out. We're going to paint over the image complete desaturation. Next, we'll go to our brush size and we are going to crank this up, and I mean way up. We want a huge brush, flow all the way up, again, this isn't typically something that you would do, but here we'll go ahead and just paint across the image, and this way it makes it really easy to remove all the color. Well, now that the color's gone what I want to do is bring it back into specific areas.
So in order to do that, we'll click on erase. For erase, we'll want a brush with a high flow amount, a nice small brush. And we want to have a lot of feather on that brush as well. Well, let's zoom in on the picture. When we zoom in, we can get up close to the eyes. And if I paint with the erase brush right now, what it's going to do is erase the desaturation. In other words, it will bring back the original color. So here we'll go ahead and paint over those areas. These areas are enhanced. Rather, it is as if I am kind of creating a mask and saying do not affect these areas of the image. I'll paint across the lips as well.
The lips are a little bit easier to see because the color, well, I think it stands out a bit. And here what we're doing is, again, this kind of traditional effect that we've seen in Photoshop, the challenge of course is to try to do this in a way that might be interesting. So I'll go ahead and just try to finish this off, make sure my edges are good, and make sure I have good detail there. All right. Well, if ever I make a mistake-- say, I paint a line and I want to get rid of it, well, just go back to your brush, decrease your size--because you'll need to be more precise here-- make sure the flow is way up, and then you can go ahead and paint that away in order to fix up any problems that you might have created.
Well, now that we have done this, let's zoom out. When we zoom out, we'll see that everything is desaturated except for the eyes and the lips. And that is just a little bit too well overdone. We can always soften this without leaving this dialog. Crank up the saturation. So rather than desaturate it all the way, we can bring that up a little bit. And here, you can see it is almost as if it's just kind of muting those other colors so that the eyes and the lips, well, they are the most prominent color. Perhaps we want it to be all about the eyes, as I mentioned before.
Well, let's go ahead and let's just desaturate the lips. Let's remove that color. So here, now it is really the eyes. The eyes get all of our attention. We're drawn into those eyes. After we have done this or made this effect, we may close this tool and go to the Basic panel. Here, we can make other adjustments. Perhaps we want to warm the image up, so add some warmth to it, add a little bit of clarity, maybe a touch of contrast here, just looking to try to find the right way to process this photograph. And I work with my whites and my exposure. I want this really bright kind of glowing look.
Now with this effect, what is interesting about this is we can customize it, right? You can fine tune this. You could have it completely exaggerated or maybe just really subtle, and you know, sometimes it is the subtlety-- or it is the nuance--that matters. Well, let's look at our before and after. Here, we have the before and then the after, a different or alternate version of this picture. Now because this version of the picture is pretty extreme, it is different--it is a little bit off the wall--what I want to do is I want to create a Virtual Copy of this state of the photograph.
To do that press Command or Ctrl+Apostrophe. Well, now that I have the Virtual Copy and baked into this, so to speak, or all of these settings, I'll go back to the original image. Here, on the original image I'll click reset. That will remove all of those settings, and this way I am kind of working backwards to protect myself so that I have another version of this image, because here I think this version, well, it looks pretty interesting, and I think this image by itself with a little bit of color work--perhaps modifying the vibrance and contrast and touch of clarity there--well, I think it looks pretty interesting.
So here in this movie, my intent really is twofold. First, it is to get you thinking about how you can use that adjustment brush and how you can use that in creative or unorthodox ways. Second, I wanted to show you that if you get creative on the original file, you can always create a Virtual Copy of that and then go back to that original file and reset that so that you can have two distinct versions of your photograph.
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