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In this movie we will continue our conversation about how we can improve the lighting and the color in our photographs, by working with adjustment layers and masks. We'll be working with this cute photograph of my youngest daughter Elsie all bundled up for the snow. And here, I'm going to zoom in on the picture a little bit. And what I want to do with this photograph is I want to brighten up the light here on her face and perhaps a little bit on her ski jacket and gloves as well. And this time, rather than beginning by creating the adjustment layer, we're going to begin by building a selection.
So let's go ahead and navigate to the tools panel. And here, we'll select a tool which will allow us to create a selection. Let's use the Elliptical Marquee tool. Now once you've chosen that tool, you can choose to add a feather edge to the selection. Whenever you're working with light or lighting your photographs in Photoshop, it's always a good idea to increase the feather amount. Here I'm going to bring this up to about seven or eight or nine or maybe even ten pixels. Next let's go ahead and click and drag to create a shape over the image. If, when you click and drag, it's in the wrong position.
Hold your cursor button down, press the Spacebar key and then click and drag that around. You can re position the selection. And here basically, I just want to select her cute little face there. And then, let go. Now once you've made a selection, like we've done here, what we can do next is create an adjustment layer, and if you've added a selection, and then if you create an adjustment layer, it will come with a built-in mask as you can see here, and the mask has an area which is black, and another area which is white.
Whatever was selected is white, that is where you will reveal the adjustment, whatever is black, that will conceal or hide the adjustment. So that now, if we go ahead and increase the brightness of that area, you can see how we're primarily just affecting that little area in the Photograph. And the great thing about this is it allows us to quickly just brighten up a little area of the picture. We can also modify the color in this area as well, here let's go to the pull down menu as we've seen before we can go to channels like the red channel, and I'll just click and drag this up a little bit to add a touch of red to that area.
We can also go down to the blue yellow channel and we'll add a little bit of yellow as well. Looks like I added too much red. So I'll go back to the red channel and just bring that down. You have to be careful when you're working with color, don't you? Alright, well just a little bit of red there, I think looks kind of fun. It makes her look a little bit healthier. Alright, well next we can then go to the tab here for the mask. And on this tab, we can increase the feather amount even more if we want to soften the edges that we added with that selection. We can also decrease the density.
That will have this effect show up a little bit more in the background. So here, we have this effect which is primarily lighting up the face, but it's also affecting other areas of the photograph as well. If we want to hand paint on this mask, we can always do so. Just grab your brush tool, here we'll choose white as the color that we'll paint with. I will decrease the brush size here a touch. Make sure there's 0% hardness, and then I'll also decrease my opacity. I'll bring this down to about 20%. I'm just going to paint a little bit over the ski jacket and ski pants here.
Just a paint and a touch of this effect in these areas. So we can always take this further by hand painting on the mask, as we've done here, so that we have this effect, which started out with making a selection. We then created the adjustment layer, and then we further customized that mask using all of the techniques that we've already discussed. In this case, it really helps out this photograph and it helps to make Elsie look even cuter, if that's possible. Yet more importantly, this has helped us or it's given us some insight into another way that we can have some control over how we improve the lighting and the color, in our photographs.
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