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Here, we are going to take a look at how we can use the Adjustment Brush to begin to paint in an effect into a particular area of our photograph. Let's go ahead and press the K key in order to select the Adjustment Brush. Next, what we want to do is dial in the effect that we are interested in creating. In this case, I simply want to increase my Exposure. I also want to decrease the Clarity and also reduce the Color Saturation just a bit there. All right. Well what about these options down below? Well, I definitely want to turn on Auto Mask, and I also want to show the Auto Mask.
Now, if I click on this color chip here, I can choose a different mask overlay color. By default, it's white, although we can choose other colors as well. Let's go ahead and choose something that will stand out, say, like a nice bright orange and then click OK. Well, how does this actually work in regards to Auto Mask? Well, first, I'll make my Size a little bit smaller, and I'll decrease the Feather significantly, and then leave the Flow right where it is. When I hover over this image, you can see that I have these different concentric circles. Then in the middle, I have these crosshairs.
Now, as long as I paint and focus in on where the crosshairs are covering, it's only going to affect that area, here, you can see that this effect is not going to spill off into the background. On the other hand, turn Auto Mask off and then go ahead and paint around. Here you can see it's just affecting everything. So, what Auto Mask does, it allows you to limit the area that you are affecting. Now, if ever this mask color doesn't quite work for you, you click on the color chip, and then you can go ahead and select another color. We'll go ahead and say change that to red, just so we can see what we are working on.
Well, at this point, my adjustment isn't very good. It's spilling off it into the edges. So, what I am going to do is simply delete this adjustment. I can do so by pressing the Delete key, that adjustment is now gone. All right. Well, I want to turn Auto Mask on. I'll do so by pressing the M key. Next, I want to go ahead and click and paint. What I'm looking to do is just to make a selection, or affect an area of the image, which are these flower petals. So, I'll go ahead and make my way through here. Again, I'm just really focusing in on the crosshairs.
It's going to target that, and then it's going to extend out to this outer edge of the brush there. We can see that for the most part, we are really just working on this area of the image. Okay, well, we don't necessarily need to see that mask anymore. So, now we can press the Y key in order to hide that. All right. Well let's dial in our exact effect. Well, here you can see that what we are doing is we are really increasing Exposure. Now, I can change the Exposure of those flower petals by clicking and dragging it one way or another. In my case, I want them to be nice and bright and white.
I am removing any color that may be in there, color contamination, and also softening these up a little bit by lowering the Clarity. All right. Well let's take a look at our before and after. We can do so by clicking on the Preview check box. Here, we have before, a little bit too dingy. Now, they are really nice and bright and vibrant and white. All right. Well let's say that we want to make another adjustment, perhaps in the middle area of the flower. Well, all that we need to do is to press the N key. That will then deactivate this pin.
You can see that there is no longer a point in that pin. Hover over it, and it's going to highlight the mask area. Click on it to modify the adjustments. So, again press the N key to exit out of that. Here, we'll make our brush nice and small, a little but less Feather there. What I am going to do is turn Auto Mask off at this juncture. I am simply just going to go ahead and paint around this area of the image. I don't necessarily need to have my Mask on right now, because I can see what's happening in this area, and it's not a really critical area. Rather, I just simply want to begin to paint around in this, and I'm going back and forth, and as I do that, I am building up the effect, because I have a Flow which isn't at 100.
Okay, well the effect I don't like. I don't like the Bright and Exposure, the softness etcetera. Well, all I need to do, double-click these triangles, take all of this back to normal. Next, let's increase the Clarity. Let's add a little bit of midtone contrast. Let's increase the Color Saturation. Also, let's brighten this up a bit but perhaps add a touch of contrast as well. There we go. Now, we are coming to something that's perhaps a little bit more interesting. Then we'll sharpen that up a little bit because it is a touch soft there. All right. Well now we have these two different adjustments.
We can click between these by simply clicking on the pins here or here. We can also hide those pins altogether by pressing the V key. Now, if we want to see our before and after for this image, I'll press the P key. Here, we have it before and then after.
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