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Learning Adjustment Brush shortcuts

From: Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening

Video: Learning Adjustment Brush shortcuts

Selective sharpening with the adjustment brush in

Learning Adjustment Brush shortcuts

Selective sharpening with the adjustment brush in Lightroom is so important that I want to take a few more movies in order to dig deeper into how we can work with this tool and also in order to pick up a few valuable shortcuts which will help you to be more effective when you're using this tool to improve details in your photographs. Alright, well let's start off with this picture here. This another one of my daughter's friends and here she is at the beach holding this crab by one little leg, and obviously there is a shallow depth of field. The crab is in focus, and the subject is out of focus.

So I'm going to zoom in on the image a little bit so that we can focus in on the crab which we have here. I just want to sharpen this area of the image and I want to do so quickly. I want to make this a snap. To do that, we'll press the K key to select the adjustment brush. This will open up the adjustment brush controls. Again, we'll begin by clicking on the pull down menu and choosing Sharpness. This will reset any of our other sliders to their default settings and just give us a nice value for the sharpening effect.

Then next, because I want to work a little bit quickly, what I'm going to do is to have a higher flow amount, not quite up to 100 but something above 50. I'm going to choose my feather and my brush size, here I want a little bit of a smaller brush and just a touch of feather as well. By having a bit of a smaller brush it will allow me to get into these areas and to paint over the legs. Now, of course, I couldn't paint this in unless I used auto mask, and so here I want to highlight the shortcut for turning auto mask on and off.

If you hover over this you can see the tooltip which tells us it's the letter A. If you tap the A key, you can see how we can check or uncheck or turn this feature on and off. Let's turn it on. The other thing we need to turn on is our mask overlay to make sure that we are being accurate. You can turn that on an off by tapping the O key on your keyboard. So let me review those. The A key allows you to toggle on and off auto mask. The O key allows you to toggle the mask overlay.

Think of O for overlay. Well, with both of those on what we can then do is just click and paint over the this area of the image. And in this case I'm just painting over this and I'm making sure that the cross hairs are primarily covering these little legs on this crab here that she's dangling way up in the air. And this kid, Kaylee, she is really brave. And she loves the ocean. She's, she's a really fun kid. Okay, well, so we can see I'm primarily affecting the crab, yet there was a few areas where it spilled over, and there are a couple of areas on the crab that it didn't quite fill in the gaps.

So I need to turn off auto mask. To do so tap the A key, and then go ahead and fill in those areas. Notice how I'm now filling in some of the gaps which were there. Well, what about erasing? It went too far, let's say, over into this area. Well, you can erase by clicking on the Erase button, or you can use another shortcut. Now, I know all these shortcuts can be tricky, and I know this is more advanced, but stick with me. I recommend you write these down and maybe even watch this movie a second time so you can really learn these, but here it is.

If you hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt on Windows, that will change your brush to the eraser brush, so that you can really quickly go in there and erase any of those little issues or areas where you need to clean up some of the edges, and there we are now done. And of course we need to evaluate this, right? The overlay is hiding all of our work. We can't tell if it's sharp. So we'll turn the overlay off by either clicking on the indicator here or by pressing the o key.

Then we need to work with our slider, and with the slider, we can figure out how much of the sharpening effect we want to bring in. In this case, I want to bring in a lot. I also want to bring in a touch of contrast and some clarity and a little bit of saturation. I want to make this part of the image that much more interesting, and then to see the before and after, we can click on the toggle switch. There is our before. Click again, here is the after.

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Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening

67 video lessons · 4225 viewers

Chris Orwig
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  1. 5m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 23s
    2. Raw sharpening in Lightroom or Camera Raw?
      3m 56s
    3. Using the exercise files
      40s
  2. 44m 15s
    1. Lighroom sharpening workflow first steps
      5m 35s
    2. Understanding how the Lightroom Detail controls work
      5m 36s
    3. Reducing luminance and color noise
      5m 47s
    4. Improving details in a portrait
      9m 13s
    5. Improving details in an outdoor photograph
      7m 12s
    6. Sharpening in order to emphasize small textures
      3m 49s
    7. Improving sky details and edge sharpening
      7m 3s
  3. 53m 3s
    1. Selective sharpening with the Adjustment Brush
      10m 19s
    2. Learning Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      4m 15s
    3. Reviewing Adjustment Brush techniques and shortcuts
      7m 36s
    4. Sharpening eyes in a portrait
      6m 44s
    5. Sharpening large areas with the Radial filter
      6m 50s
    6. Improving details with the Graduated filter
      7m 35s
    7. Creating custom presets
      6m 2s
    8. Sharing and installing presets
      3m 42s
  4. 40m 40s
    1. Camera Raw sharpening workflow: First steps
      3m 28s
    2. Understanding how the Camera Raw Detail controls work
      5m 46s
    3. Reducing luminance and color noise
      4m 40s
    4. Improving details in a portrait
      7m 28s
    5. Improving details in an outdoor photograph
      6m 6s
    6. Sharpening in order to emphasize small textures
      3m 48s
    7. Improving sky details and edge sharpening
      9m 24s
  5. 53m 40s
    1. Selective sharpening with the Adjustment Brush
      7m 16s
    2. Working with the Auto Mask option in the Adjustment Brush
      5m 6s
    3. Learning Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      8m 30s
    4. Reviewing Adjustment Brush techniques and shortcuts
      5m 45s
    5. Sharpening eyes in a portrait
      5m 15s
    6. Sharpening large areas with the Radial filter
      7m 4s
    7. Improving details with the Graduated filter
      4m 34s
    8. Further refinements with the Graduated filter
      4m 30s
    9. Creating custom presets
      5m 40s
  6. 49m 5s
    1. Resizing before you sharpen
      4m 37s
    2. Using Unsharp Mask
      8m 21s
    3. Using Smart Sharpen
      6m 5s
    4. Demonstrating how Smart Sharpen works
      4m 23s
    5. Fine-tuning Smart Sharpen with advanced controls
      5m 39s
    6. Applying blending modes to avoid color problems
      5m 9s
    7. Putting it all together: Workflow part one
      5m 57s
    8. Putting it all together: Workflow part two
      6m 42s
    9. A conversation about sharpening controls
      2m 12s
  7. 49m 34s
    1. Applying Camera Raw sharpening as a filter
      4m 41s
    2. Using smart filtering for increased flexibility
      5m 50s
    3. Smart filtering and masking
      4m 54s
    4. Selective sharpening with a hand-painted mask
      6m 0s
    5. Selective sharpening: Advanced shortcut tips
      6m 31s
    6. Using Quick Select and masking to sharpen selectively
      8m 20s
    7. How to sharpen a layered document
      3m 41s
    8. Fixing a blurry photograph with Shake Reduction
      4m 40s
    9. Shake Reduction: Advanced controls
      4m 57s
  8. 32m 47s
    1. High-pass sharpening essentials
      5m 55s
    2. Smart filter high-pass sharpening
      4m 2s
    3. Smart filter high-pass sharpening continued
      5m 50s
    4. Edge sharpening: Building an alpha channel
      4m 52s
    5. Edge sharpening: Creating the mask
      5m 3s
    6. Using Smart Sharpen in an unlikely way for midtone contrast
      7m 5s
  9. 10m 59s
    1. Recording a sharpening action
      6m 11s
    2. Playing the action for a single file
      2m 18s
    3. Batch sharpening multiple files
      2m 30s
  10. 28m 48s
    1. Sharpening and saving from Camera Raw
      6m 51s
    2. Sharpening and exporting from Camera Raw
      3m 44s
    3. Output sharpening from Lightroom
      5m 26s
    4. Final output sharpening from Photoshop for print
      7m 17s
    5. Photoshop sharpening for web, mobile, and displays
      5m 30s
  11. 31s
    1. Next steps
      31s

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