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Adjustment brushes

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Video: Adjustment brushes

Now we're picking up where we left off with our gradients. As soon as I do that, I can go over here.

Adjustment brushes

Now we're picking up where we left off with our gradients. And now I want to go ahead and add what's called an adjustment brush. Before I do that, let me go ahead and go to full screen. I'm going to hit Cmd+Y. So now we're looking at the entire after image. And I'm going to scroll up, close my adjustable gradient. And we see that the adjustment brush is right below it. Now, if I go ahead and I click on any of my adjustment brushes at this point, it's going to replace my gradient.

So what I need to do is add a new layer, and then add the adjustment brush to that new layer. To do that, I can simply press the plus key, and it will add an empty layer above my adjustment gradient. Now let's go ahead and select the adjustment brush for light. As soon as I do that, I can go over here. I have a nice little brush I can paint with, and the key here is to make sure you have a nice feather so you have a smooth transition. So, I always err on the side of softer as opposed to harder, but if you do manage to mess up, remember you can always undo, and you can always delete or reset that area.

Now, I have this built. I'm going to go ahead and just start painting where I want the boats to be lighter. And you'll notice that a mask is being created, and that's the area that's being lightened. I kind of have a little bit of a hole here, and it's difficult to see it on the right side, so maybe I want to switch to my mask version. And what's really nice here is to actually see the side by side. And we learned that the keyboard shortcut for that is Cmd+L.

So now I can see the full image, as well as the part of the image that I'm affecting. Now depending on your image, you may want to do it side by side. Or you could click through to where it's top and bottom. I want to go ahead and brighten this area up, but not as much as the boats. So, I'm going to switch my opacity to, say, 37, 40%. And I can paint out this area here. So, let's go back to full screen, Cmd+Y, and remove our white mask and go back to the red mask that we saw earlier.

Now I can be very specific about painting over this area, and its going to lighten my trees without affecting anything in the foreground or my sky. So there's my final image, and if I want to see what it was like before, I can just toggle the preview off and back on. Now, to save you some steps, you can actually go to your buttons here on the right side, and you'll see there's a button for both an adjustment brush as well as for a gradient.

So, if you don't want to go to the left side and select it, I can simply click on this button here. It will create a new layer, an Adjustment Brush layer, and I can choose what I want that Adjustment Brush to do. In this case, maybe instead of lightening it, I want to add a little bit more detail. So, I'm going to select the Detail option. And now, as I paint in over my boats, it's going to add detail to that area. If we look up here, we can see the area that I painted in, and I can keep painting it in until it's the right level of detail that I like.

If I need to increase it, simply scroll down. I now have a lot of controls I can work with. So I'm going to go ahead and grab my Detail slider and move it up to the right. And if I wanted to, I can also control other aspects with that same brush. In this case, maybe I will work with the brightness slider to bring up the luminance of the boats. Let's take a look at our image before and after our effects. I really like where this has gone. I'm going to hit Save and Close and move on to the next image.

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Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8

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Abba Shapiro
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  1. 1m 10s
    1. Welcome
      29s
    2. What you should know to get the most from this course
      41s
  2. 4m 32s
    1. What is the Perfect Photo Suite 8?
      1m 39s
    2. What's new in Perfect Photo Suite 8?
      58s
    3. What's the right version of Perfect Photo Suite for you?
      1m 27s
    4. Installing the software
      28s
  3. 3m 7s
    1. Understanding preference settings
      1m 49s
    2. Getting to know the browser interface
      1m 18s
  4. 14m 1s
    1. Importing media into the Layers module
      5m 20s
    2. Organizing and transforming layers
      4m 56s
    3. Exploring tools
      3m 45s
  5. 9m 11s
    1. Quick fixes
      2m 48s
    2. Detailed adjustments
      4m 2s
    3. Understanding presets
      2m 21s
  6. 21m 32s
    1. Selecting faces
      2m 30s
    2. Working with faces
      2m 32s
    3. Removing blemishes
      2m 43s
    4. Adjusting skin tone
      8m 58s
    5. Blending
      55s
    6. Working with portrait presets
      3m 54s
  7. 33m 0s
    1. Effect presets
      2m 51s
    2. Modifying effect presets
      2m 52s
    3. Gradients
      3m 56s
    4. Adjustment brushes
      4m 26s
    5. Understanding filter stacks and mixing presets
      8m 6s
    6. Saving and using custom presets
      4m 53s
    7. Using lens blur to create bokeh, tilt-shift, and selective-focus effects
      5m 56s
  8. 26m 46s
    1. Creating a black-and-white image from a color image
      4m 25s
    2. Understanding tone and color response
      4m 25s
    3. The special brushes of the B&W module
      8m 1s
    4. Advanced Navigator adjustments
      5m 28s
    5. Presets
      4m 27s
  9. 35m 34s
    1. Understanding the uses of masking
      5m 58s
    2. Creating a simple mask in the Layers module
      4m 47s
    3. Creating a simple mask: The Keep, Drop, and Refine tools
      6m 19s
    4. The Remove Background button
      3m 55s
    5. Refining your mask
      6m 58s
    6. Working with transparency
      4m 46s
    7. Creating believable composites using the Effects module
      2m 51s
  10. 21m 54s
    1. Resizing images for the web and digital distribution
      5m 42s
    2. Preparing your images for print
      7m 29s
    3. Using Perfect Batch
      8m 43s
  11. 11m 21s
    1. Lightroom
      3m 47s
    2. Photoshop
      4m 40s
    3. Aperture
      1m 37s
    4. When to use Perfect Photo Suite 8
      1m 17s
  12. 38m 56s
    1. Challenge: Masking and blending multiple images into one
      2m 6s
    2. Solution: Masking and blending multiple images into one
      7m 33s
    3. Challenge: Creating a vintage postcard from a new image
      42s
    4. Solution: Creating a vintage postcard from a new image
      11m 34s
    5. Challenge: Creating an old-looking image from a new one
      56s
    6. Solution: Creating an old-looking image from a new one
      16m 5s
  13. 32s
    1. Next steps
      32s

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