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So far we've taken a look at how we can use the Adjustment Brush in order to make bigger or broader adjustments, say to exposure or to working with backgrounds. Well, here we're going to focus on something specific. We're going to look at how we can work with the Adjustment Brush and say improve the eyes or change the eyes. This is a photograph of my daughter, Annie. Let's zoom in on this picture, if you can grab the Zoom Tool, we'll click a few times so that we can focus in on one area of our picture. Then next, let's press the K key to select the Adjustment Brush, and here what I want to do with the eyes is I'm going to change the overall color, the contrast, the clarity.
In order to do that, let's first click on the Plus icon for Exposure, just so we have a slight increase in Exposure, we'll then dial in the rest of the adjustments after the fact. Next, we'll scroll down. Here in regards to our Brush Size and Feather, it's really hard to know how to change these options. We want to turn Auto Mask off, but how big should my brush be or how much Feather? I don't know. So position your cursor over the image, over the small area that you want to modify. Here you can see my brush is way too big, so I'll press the Left Bracket key in order to decrease the size of the brush, or we can go back to the Size slider.
I always like pressing those shortcut keys, because they help me get to exactly what I need. Now once your brush gets down to a really small size, you may not be able to see the Feather amount. So how then can we change that? Well, you can change your Feather by clicking on the Shift key and then pressing Left Bracket to decrease the Feather or Shift+Right Bracket to increase it. Because you can't see it here, because the brush is so small, we're just going to have to assume that it's there. You may want to dial this in with the slider or you may want to use the shortcuts.
Next, I want to start to paint around. In this case, because the shape of the eye is round, you can see I'm trying to follow that shape. You want to be really careful to follow the Flow and the Shape of whatever object it is that you're trying to work on. Well, now here the eyes are bright, perhaps too bright. We can see that if we go back to our Exposure slider, we can then control the brightness of the eyes. Well, now that we have that, the next thing that I want to do is increase my Contrast a little bit. Also, I want to bring in some Sharpness, I want to have a little bit more detail there, and some Clarity.
As we start to make these adjustments, you can see how those are affecting the eyes. What about color? Well, for color, we could use our Temperature slider. Here I could cool this off to add in more Blue. In doing that though, I notice I missed a little area up here, so I'll just go ahead and paint that in. I'll make my brush a little bit smaller. I'm just going to paint in this adjustment into this area. You also may notice as you start to make these adjustments that you brought the adjustment into an area in too strong of a way. Well, you can always click on Erase and then kind of subtly back it off in order to remove some of that.
Well, here with my Temperature slider, I'm not really liking the color that was brought in; I don't think it works very well. So another way that we could do this, so we can click on the Color Chip. We've seen this before, how we can select this and we can choose different hues here in order to add a little bit of a color change to this area of the image. Alright, let's click OK. Next, I obviously need to hide that visibility of the pin; that's incredibly distracting. To hide that, press the V key. Here now we can look at our Preview and you can click on the Preview icon to see your before and after.
When making adjustments to areas like this, we also need to zoom out. You can zoom out by pressing Command+Minus on a Mac or Ctrl+Minus on Windows. Why is zooming out important? Well, it's important because sometimes we can be so focused on a little area that we're not really seeing how this is fitting into the overall picture. The further I zoom out, the more that I realize, gosh, I have just completely overdone this. So by seeing this from this pulled-back perspective, it can then help me dial in the overall settings here.
And basically what it looks like that I need to do is I need to just kind of diminish everything that I did, because it was a color that I created, a brightness level, which didn't quite fit the photograph. Well, now that I can see what fits, I can look at my before and after. And in this case, I think that's looking a little bit better. Still though I think I have perhaps a bit too much in regards to that overall effect. When it comes to working on the eyes, I typically want to keep things really subtle. I don't want to draw too much attention to that area of the face. Alright, well, let's evaluate how we've done.
We can press the P key to look at our before and after and I'll zoom in a little bit more so you can see that up close. And here it is, I'll press the P key one last time. There's our before and now here's our after. And perhaps most importantly, we've now started to see how we can work with little teeny areas and how as we do that, we're going to want to zoom in, paint in the adjustment, work with our sliders, and then also zoom back in order to evaluate that, so you'll be changing your zoom rate in order to really determine how those adjustments best fit into the overall photograph.
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