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Reviewing Adjustment Brush techniques and shortcuts

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In the previous movie, I introduced some advanced shortcuts Next, And the last shortcut that I want to highlight, which

Reviewing Adjustment Brush techniques and shortcuts

In the previous movie, I introduced some advanced shortcuts that we can use when working with the adjustment brush. In this movie, I want to review those shortcuts. So if you're feeling like you already know those shortcuts and techniques, feel free to skip this movie and move on to the next one. Yet if you're interested in a bit of a slowed down review, feel free to watch along. With this photograph, what I want to do is just improve, or sharpen, or affect the sculpture which is here in the background. I'm not interested in affecting the clouds at all.

To do that, we'll work with the adjustment brush tool. Do you remember the shortcut key to select that tool? It's the K key. So here, I'll press the K key to select the adjustment brush. Next, typically our workflow begins by choosing the tool and then by dialing in a few settings. Often, what I like to to do, and what I recommend is that you just click on one of these icons, either plus or minus in order to adjust one slider and reset all of the others. For this area, I'm going to do maybe four or five things.

Increase the sharpness, reduce some noise, then add a little bit of clarity and contrast and increased exposure. I also, now that I look at the image, realize I want to remove some of the color from this part of the photograph, so reduce my saturation as well. If ever you make an adjustment and want to reset a single slider, double-click the slider tab and it will take it back to its default setting. Here though, I want to bring it down a bit, so we'll reduce some color.

Then let's scroll down to our brush size controls and feather controls. Now, if I position the cursor over the image, we can see the Brush Overlay graphic. To change the brush size, we can tap one of our shortcut keys or use the slider. If we use the slider, we can click and drag, but we can't really see the change in the brush size. Yet, if we position the cursor over the image and tap the Right Bracket key we can actually see how it's getting bigger, or tap the Left Bracket key, and we can see how the brush size is getting smaller. All right, well what about Feather? You may remember that to change the feather amount for the brush, you hold down the Shift key, then tap the Bracket keys.

Shift+Right Bracket increases feather. Shift+Left Bracket decreases it. What I want to do is because I have really defined edges, I want to use Auto Mask. You can toggle Auto Mask on and off by pressing the M key, think M for mask. If you forget the shortcut though, you can always just click on the check box. Let's turn it on. I always want to show my mask overlay, to actually see which area I'm affecting. To toggle the Show Mask Overlay on, it's the Y key.

So, we press the Y key, and that allows us to show and hide that. Either way, by way of a shortcut or just by clicking on the check boxes, let's turn both of those features on. Then, let's zoom in a little bit on this image. Press Cmd+ on Mac, Ctrl+ on Windows. I'm going to make the brush size a little bit smaller, so here I'll tap the Left Bracket key. And then I'll just start to click and paint over the image. What I'm looking for here is nice coverage over the sculpture. I want to get all the way to the edge, but make sure I'm not affecting the sky or the background.

The mask overlay allows me to work incredibly quickly. Here, we're almost done. Now, there are a few gaps. You can see here, and over here. Those gaps are created because the brush is just so big. To change it to a smaller size, tap left bracket a few times, then get in there and work on those little detail areas. Any, any area where you had a gap in regards to how, or where you can see that with that mask overlay. Once you've painted that in, you can see that you're going to affect the right area, we need to turn off the overlay.

What was once helpful is now incredibly distracting. And we want to do that quickly. To press or to hide that, what we'll do is press the Y key. So tap the Y key. That allows you to toggle the visibility of that mask overlay. Next, in order to evaluate how we've changed the photograph, we may also want to look at our before and after preview. Now, I haven't highlighted this shortcut, but it's one that I use a lot. To look at your preview before and after, you can click on the check box.

Or you can tap the P key. P for preview. That one's really easy to remember. So that may be another one you might want to add to your list. All right, well after having looked at my before and after, I do like the new way this appears. I like that it's a little bit more monochromatic. Yeah, perhaps we want to adjust it further here. We can remove more color from it by dragging the saturation slider to the left. Or we can add more clarity by dragging the clarity slider to the right. And you can always customize those adjustments after the fact.

Again, once you've done that, you want to tap the P key to look at your before and then your after. And the last shortcut that I want to highlight, which is another new one, is the one for Show Pins. Sometimes you'll find that the pin there is a little bit distracting because it may be in a strange spot. If you hover over this, you can see the message tells us that if you want to toggle the visibility of your pin, you can press the the V key. Which allows you to show or hide that, if you find that that's sort of distracting or covering up an important part of the picture.

In this image, it really isn't. Yet, nonetheless, I wanted to throw that last one in there. All right. Well, that wraps up our review of some of these advanced adjustment brush shortcuts.

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Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening

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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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