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Using the Adjustment Brush and Graduated Filter tools

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Video: Using the Adjustment Brush and Graduated Filter tools

Well, after having been introduced to some of our new sliders in controls, it's time to apply what we know to a few different photographs, and here we're going to work with the Adjustment Brush and also the Graduated Filter. Now before I begin, I want to point out that if we select the Adjustment Brush, you'll notice we have these different controls here. Well, compare those to the Graduated Filter. They're identical, right. So we have the same type of settings or controls. Let's start off with the Adjustment Brush. Well, one of things that I notice with this image is that there's a strange kind of color issue happening up here in the top of the photograph.

Using the Adjustment Brush and Graduated Filter tools

Well, after having been introduced to some of our new sliders in controls, it's time to apply what we know to a few different photographs, and here we're going to work with the Adjustment Brush and also the Graduated Filter. Now before I begin, I want to point out that if we select the Adjustment Brush, you'll notice we have these different controls here. Well, compare those to the Graduated Filter. They're identical, right. So we have the same type of settings or controls. Let's start off with the Adjustment Brush. Well, one of things that I notice with this image is that there's a strange kind of color issue happening up here in the top of the photograph.

It's almost like a little bit of a red and blue in that area. So I want to paint that color problem away. So what I am going to do is go ahead and choose to increase the Temperature Tint here. I am going to change the Temperature and Tint, I should say. I am also going to add a little bit of a color, and I'll go ahead and choose perhaps a nice yellow color there. Then I am just going to start to paint, and as I paint over this, I am painting in a relatively low flow, and so I can go back and forth and paint over this area back and forth, kind of building this effect up.

Now what's nice about using this type of a tool is if ever I need more color in there, I can always bring that up, and you can see them bringing up more yellow into this area. I can also go to that color chip where I added a bit of yellow, and I can increase that yellow there, in order to change that color as well, and let's just paint around here a little bit to try to improve this area of the photograph. I am going to go into that color chip and bring up a little bit more of a yellow hue, might be nice to have painted into that area. All right! Well, that looks pretty decent.

It's not amazing, but it's a pretty good quick little simple color correction on that area of the hair. I am just going to paint pass the problem area to kind of create a little bit more of a uniform look, and let's evaluate how we did it. To do that, I'll go down to the flip switch. Here we have it, before, there is a blue and then after, and if I zoom in a little bit on that, there we go. And now look at the flip switch; here is that before, you can see all of the blue coloring up there, and then, the after, again gives us precise control over this part of the image.

Well, let's see how we can work with something similar, but this time using another tool, the Graduated Filter. To use that tool, I am going to go to another image. I am going to start off with this one here, actually just work on this one here. It's an image that I captured at sunrise recently, and I like the color and tone on the bottom half of the image, but I would just wish I had more blue in the sky. Well, the Graduated Filter is great for adding a large area of adjustment. So here, I am going to go ahead and increase the blue temperature, and then click and drag across the photographs, and you can see how I am adding that color up top, and I am dragging down until I have a nice meeting point.

And I can modify this color after the fact if I've gone too far or if I want to add a little bit of a tint to it, perhaps a little bit of that magenta color, blend those two together nicely, and then we can see that before and then the after, just adding some hue up there in the top part of the image. Now keep in mind, I am only highlighting a few of the controls, in this case Temperature and Tint and then previously also this color chip. We also have other controls as well, Highlight, Shadows, Clarity, Noise, you name it.

So as you can see that these two tools located in the Tool Strip have new flexibility, which in turn will help us make better photographs.

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