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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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