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Painting in an adjustment

From: Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

Video: Painting in an adjustment

One of the primary uses of the Layer Mask is to apply a targeted adjustment. In other words, an adjustment that only effects a specific area of a photo. And one of the easiest ways to define which area of an image should be adjusted. And which area should not, is to paint to define those areas. In the context of a layer mask, black blocks and white reveals. And when we're talking about an adjustment, what we really mean is that black blocks the effect of that adjustment, and white reveals the effect of that adjustment. So, let's take a look at how we can apply a targeted adjustment by effectively painting areas of the image that define where we want to see the adjustment. I'll start off by adding an Adjustment Layers, so I'll go to the bottom of the Layers panel, and I'll click on the half-black, half-white circle icon. The Add Adjustment Layer button.

Painting in an adjustment

One of the primary uses of the Layer Mask is to apply a targeted adjustment. In other words, an adjustment that only effects a specific area of a photo. And one of the easiest ways to define which area of an image should be adjusted. And which area should not, is to paint to define those areas. In the context of a layer mask, black blocks and white reveals. And when we're talking about an adjustment, what we really mean is that black blocks the effect of that adjustment, and white reveals the effect of that adjustment. So, let's take a look at how we can apply a targeted adjustment by effectively painting areas of the image that define where we want to see the adjustment. I'll start off by adding an Adjustment Layers, so I'll go to the bottom of the Layers panel, and I'll click on the half-black, half-white circle icon. The Add Adjustment Layer button.

And from the popup that appears, in this case I'll choose Levels because I want to darken the left portion of the image without darkening the right portion or the image. Once I choose Levels, you'll see that a Levels Adjustment Layer has been added to the Layers panel and that layer has a layer mask attached to it. The layer mask is filled with white by default, which means that the adjustment will effect the entire image. So if I go down to the Properties panel and adjust the Levels Adjustment Layers, you'll see that I'm darkening or lightening the image. But I'm affecting the entire image, and that of course, is because the layer mask is filled with white and so the adjustment is revealed everywhere. But we can paint black into some of the areas of that layer mask in order to block the adjustment.

Or I could even fill that layer mask with black and then paint white where I want to see the adjustment. I actually prefer this approach because it means I'm then painting the adjustment into the image rather than painting it out of it, and that just makes more sense in my mind but either approach is perfectly fine. I'll go ahead and fill this layer mask with black, so I'll choose Edit > Fill from the menu, and then choose Black from the Use popup and click OK. Of course, I could have also just inverted that layer mask to switch it from white to black.

But now, because my layer mask is filled with black, the effect of this Adjustment Layer is blocked for the entire image. So I cannot see the effect of that levels adjustment. I do want the adjustment to affect part of the image. And so I'll choose the Brush tool from the Toolbox and then press the letter D on the keyboard to set the colors to their default values of black and white, and then I can adjust my Brush settings. I'll go ahead, for example, and choose just a regular soft-edged Round brush. And make sure that the Blend Mode on the Options Bar is set to Normal and the Opacity is at 100%.

And now, I can paint with white In the image in order to reveal my adjustment. I'll increase the Brush Size just a little bit. You can use the left square bracket key to reduce the brush size or the right square bracket key to increase the brush size. And then you can simply paint in order to, in this case, reveal that Levels Adjustment or the darkening effect in a portion of the image. So, I've used the Brush tool to paint the effect into the image, essentially, just painting with black in areas that I want to block the adjustment or white in areas that I want to reveal the adjustment.

It's a simple way to modify a layer mask determining which portions of the image will be affected by an Adjustment Layer.

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Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

51 video lessons · 11195 viewers

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  1. 1m 27s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
  2. 46m 26s
    1. Selections, alpha channels, and layer masks, oh my!
      5m 48s
    2. Anti-aliasing and selections
      6m 6s
    3. The case for not feathering selections
      6m 50s
    4. Adding, subtracting, and intersecting
      7m 31s
    5. Inverting a selection
      3m 4s
    6. Mixing and matching selection tools
      2m 32s
    7. Using Deselect and Reselect
      3m 47s
    8. Temporarily hiding a selection
      2m 7s
    9. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    10. Using the cursor for selections
      2m 27s
  3. 51m 42s
    1. The Rectangular Marquee tool
      8m 24s
    2. The Elliptical Marquee tool
      6m 2s
    3. The Lasso tool
      4m 55s
    4. The Polygonal Lasso tool
      6m 27s
    5. The Magnetic Lasso tool
      10m 9s
    6. The Quick Selection tool
      5m 33s
    7. The Magic Wand tool
      10m 12s
  4. 38m 38s
    1. Selecting the border of an existing selection
      1m 50s
    2. The Color Range command
      7m 19s
    3. Focusing a Color Range selection
      2m 55s
    4. Selecting faces with Color Range
      2m 31s
    5. The Pen tool
      5m 40s
    6. Selecting by luminosity
      3m 39s
    7. Selecting from a channel
      6m 13s
    8. Transforming a selection
      4m 4s
    9. Quick Mask mode
      4m 27s
  5. 50m 46s
    1. Combining layers into a single document
      1m 49s
    2. Layering images manually
      1m 55s
    3. Assembling a panorama automatically
      3m 1s
    4. Advanced blending
      4m 0s
    5. Painting to hide and reveal
      3m 24s
    6. Creating a selection-based composite
      2m 43s
    7. Select, then paint
      3m 28s
    8. Advanced mask cleanup
      6m 18s
    9. Creating an edge-fade effect
      2m 23s
    10. Using a filter to add an artistic edge
      3m 6s
    11. Using a brush effect to add an artistic edge
      5m 30s
    12. Transforming a masked object
      1m 51s
    13. Unlinking image and mask
      2m 53s
    14. Matching composite images
      2m 17s
    15. Adding layer effects with masks
      2m 21s
    16. Reviewing layer masks
      3m 47s
  6. 28m 58s
    1. Painting in an adjustment
      3m 20s
    2. Shades of gray
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Gradient tool
      4m 4s
    4. Adjusting a selected area
      1m 42s
    5. Creating a vignette effect with masking
      2m 13s
    6. Using a layer group
      3m 34s
    7. Working with multiple masks
      4m 5s
    8. Refining an adjustment mask
      6m 46s

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