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Using the Adjustment Brush

From: Photoshop CS4 for Photographers

Video: Using the Adjustment Brush

All right, well now that we know a little bit about the Adjustment Brush, let's apply what we learned to this image. Grab the Zoom tool and then click and drag over the face, so we can zoom right in on the face, spacebar, reposition the image. Next, press the K key to select the Adjustment Brush and what I want to do here is I want to create a brush that's just pretty small, so I'll press the Left Bracket key. Now when it gets really small watch what happens, the icon is actually going to disappear. So, it's going to become really small there. Now, my Feather amount, I'm going to take that one down as well, so when I decrease my Feather amount. I know that my icon is still really small and then it just becomes crosshairs, all right. So, I have a real small brush there because it's so tiny. Flow amount, I want that real low, somewhere in the teens. So I'll take this probably about a thirteen or so, great nice low Flow amount on my exposure. So I want to brighten this up, well I'm going to take this up pretty high.

Using the Adjustment Brush

All right, well now that we know a little bit about the Adjustment Brush, let's apply what we learned to this image. Grab the Zoom tool and then click and drag over the face, so we can zoom right in on the face, spacebar, reposition the image. Next, press the K key to select the Adjustment Brush and what I want to do here is I want to create a brush that's just pretty small, so I'll press the Left Bracket key. Now when it gets really small watch what happens, the icon is actually going to disappear. So, it's going to become really small there. Now, my Feather amount, I'm going to take that one down as well, so when I decrease my Feather amount. I know that my icon is still really small and then it just becomes crosshairs, all right. So, I have a real small brush there because it's so tiny. Flow amount, I want that real low, somewhere in the teens. So I'll take this probably about a thirteen or so, great nice low Flow amount on my exposure. So I want to brighten this up, well I'm going to take this up pretty high.

What I'm going to do here is I'm going to make some adjustments and make some mistakes and I want to make some mistakes because you are going to make mistakes as well and you need to really know how to work with this tool, right. Well, now that I have these adjustments down there. I'm going to go ahead and paint a brush stroke underneath the eye. Now when I do that, my first brush stroke coming back and forth, I say, you know what, it looks horrible. How can I undo it? One way, Command+Z. Okay, well why didn't I notice there, my Feather wasn't any good. Increase, the Feather amount. Now I'll click and paint, nice and smooth transition around the edges there. Okay, well that looks pretty good, Command+Z to undo. Brush size that makes that even smaller, I'll go ahead and click across the eye there. Now I have a nice small brush size, it's not extending out in the face too much.

Okay, well so far so good. Another way to undo that, is to click on the pen and press the Delete key that will then remove that adjustment and the pen was that little circle, it's a point where you initially click, you can see that then it shows you wherever you have adjusted, when you hover over it. It will highlight that. All right, well let's delete that. Okay, well so far so good, we are starting to see how this works. Overall Density, that needs to come down, right. My effect is a little bit too intense. Auto Mask, now what's that about? Auto Mask is kind of interesting. When I click and I paint over this, what it's trying to do is to limit the adjustment to the darker tones or to the tones, when I'm actually painting over. So, I'm going to go ahead and paint in here, we can try to get these little areas this way and when I do this, for the most part it looks pretty good. We can see when I hover over this, it's just trying to limit the search, trying to find edges to my Mask.

Now, a lot of times this works when you have a real fixed area that you are adjusting. Let's say you are working on teeth or lips or the earring. In my case, my edges are a little bit to straggling. So I'm going to go ahead and click on my pen and then delete that. Yeah, keep in mind that Auto Mask does work really well in a number of situations, again situations where you have fixed edges. Okay, well so far we have looked at how we can dial on this tool a little more. I'm just going to go ahead and paint around the eye here and keep in mind that, I'm going to make a few mistakes, couple of more mistakes, believe it or not and we will see how we can correct them. I'll go on this side of the face and I'm just looking to kind of brighten up the Exposure a little bit over here and I'm painting pretty quickly.

Now, If you are doing this, you would probably want to spend a little bit more time with some details, make my brush a little bit bigger here and now when I make this nice and big, it kind of smooth stuffs out but, it also starts to look like raccoon eyes, right. Make it a little bit bigger over here as well. Okay, well let's look at our before and after. Before and after, all right we have some raccoon eyes going on, it's to strong, how can I modify that? Well, I can dial in the Exposure to make it stronger or I can make it darker. Now that it looks really bad and I'm aware of that, yet it's helpful for me to see how far off my adjustment is extending.

Now, the other thing that we can do is modify or erase it. Now again, keep in mind I'm going to do something that doesn't look good, but I'm doing this to illustrate a point. When I increase my exposure if I click on erase here, then it gives me access to a different brush, different settings or here you can see my brush, you can see the Size and the Feather amount. Increase that even further, so I have a nice smooth feather with little tiny Flow amount. Now, when I begin to paint around this, you can see that what I'm doing is I'm removing this and I'm slowly kind of going in around the edge on my adjustments and In order to be able to really see that, I needed to have that high amount right. So, I'm just diminishing this a little bit and I'm looking for some problem areas left back to get a little bit smaller brush on this side and I'm just looking to take that back.

Now, of course, I know my Exposure is too high. Though at sometimes it's helpful to have that high Exposure to actually see your edges. Now I bring it back to a zero and then increment or bring that up just a touch. Doesn't need to be that high, right. And look at our before and after. All we are looking to do is bring a little bit of light there. Zoom out, Command+Minus on a Mac/Ctrl+ Minus on a PC, look at our before and after and then again we can find that sweet spot where we are brightening the area around the eyes. Just bringing in some light, but we are not going too far. And we can see that in this case the eye is doing to look better. Here is our before and here is our after, bringing in some light subtle yet significant improvement.

There are a number of different ways that you can apply this tool. It's actually quite amazing. So here is my recommendation to you. You need to play with this a little bit, you need to experiment. So open up one of your images and begin to experiment and make some mistakes and make some really drastic mistakes. But then take a look at how you can correct those and one of the things that I find with this tool to be really flexible, there's a lot of give and take, a lot of back and forth and the nice thing about it ultimately is it's non-destructive. If you don't like the adjustment, lets say I don't like this at all or maybe I just want a little bit of it, I can always do that and again it's just this little tiny bit of light that I'm bringing into the eyes and I have that flexibility at any point even when I close this image I can come back to this particular point.

Let's go ahead and do that. I'll click Done to apply this. The image is now closed. I'll then reopen the image, Command+R on a Mac/Ctrl+R in a PC. I'll grab the Adjustment Brush, zoom in, Command+Plus, Spacebar tool. Well, now that I have that pen, that adjustment, if I click and start painting I'm going to make a new adjustment, right. So now I have two pens, well how do I go back to the original? All I need to do is click on that target that you can see that little circle inside of it, the black circle also the highlighted area that I affected. I could then modify that bring it up a little bit more. Okay, I need a little bit more exposure there and then I'll go back to this pen and press the Delete key to delete that one.

Now, the last thing that I want talk about, is that you don't ever use this brush alone, you always use it in combination with your other adjustments. So, let's choose the Zoom tool for a moment, that brings back all of our other adjustments. Now, on the Basic panel, I'm going to bring in a little bit of Fill Light. Now that will also help out to those eyes. Then I'll bring in some contrast to darken them up a little bit and I'll bring up my Exposure, you know warm this image up just a touch as well. Now, once I have done that, I need to go back to the Adjustment Brush, right because the amount has been changed and here we can see it and so at this point, maybe I need to just nudge up back a touch because I brought some of that Fill Light in from my other tool and to nudge it back, we need to do what I did do. I just made a mistake right? I grabbed the slider but was this pin active.

Now it's probably good that I made that mistake because you will make it too. And in modifying this I was like hey! It didn't happen. But now if I click on that, I see the circle on the middle, then there I can dial this in and again and we will make it real drastic, so you can see that I actually have it. I can than dial in the amount. So, my final closing thought for you is this, the Adjustment Brush is unreal, it's non-destructive, you can continually modify and it's a tool that you are using in combination or in unison with many of the other Camera Raw tools.

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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers

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  1. 3m 28s
    1. Introduction
      2m 43s
    2. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 19m 32s
    1. Taking visual snapshots
      2m 33s
    2. What's new in the Photoshop CS4 menus
      1m 24s
    3. The importance of the 30-minute blink
      2m 38s
    4. Isolation
      3m 32s
    5. Taking notes
      2m 29s
    6. Creative memorization
      2m 16s
    7. Verbalize, human, fun
      1m 18s
    8. Lessons from a legend: Douglas Kirkland
      2m 10s
    9. Resources and links
      1m 12s
  3. 30m 42s
    1. Is Photoshop CS4 worth it?
      2m 50s
    2. Seeing the new Tools panel
      3m 22s
    3. Working with the Application bar
      2m 51s
    4. Navigating with the Hand and Zoom tools
      4m 27s
    5. Rotating with the new Rotate View tool
      2m 0s
    6. New ways of arranging documents
      5m 41s
    7. Working with the panels
      2m 34s
    8. Customizing your workspace
      2m 11s
    9. Creating custom keyboard shortcuts
      3m 12s
    10. Creating custom menus
      1m 34s
  4. 39m 36s
    1. Choosing your Color settings
      5m 4s
    2. Setting Image Interpolation preferences
      3m 1s
    3. Zoom preferences
      2m 40s
    4. Interface preferences
      7m 46s
    5. File-handling preferences
      2m 33s
    6. Performance preferences: Memory
      5m 40s
    7. Performance preferences: Cursor
      5m 46s
    8. Performance preferences: Transparency and Gamut
      4m 44s
    9. Reviewing the other preferences
      2m 22s
  5. 21m 14s
    1. Bit Depth 101
      4m 34s
    2. Introducing image size
      2m 47s
    3. Image Resize overview
      7m 54s
    4. Resizing by cropping
      3m 33s
    5. Straightening
      2m 26s
  6. 10m 10s
    1. Introducing color management
      2m 3s
    2. Monitor calibration basics
      2m 43s
    3. Advanced monitor calibration
      2m 36s
    4. Creating a neutral work environment
      2m 48s
  7. 11m 17s
    1. Using Photoshop, Bridge, and Lightroom together
      2m 20s
    2. Bridge as a digital light box
      1m 19s
    3. General Bridge preferences
      2m 49s
    4. Thumbnail Bridge preferences
      1m 38s
    5. Advanced and Cache Bridge preferences
      3m 11s
  8. 28m 1s
    1. Creative tip 1: Discarding, the great selection technique
      4m 6s
    2. Introducing the Bridge interface
      3m 27s
    3. Getting photos from your camera
      4m 14s
    4. Choosing a workspace
      4m 16s
    5. Customizing the workspace and the Synchronized window
      4m 10s
    6. Using Bridge to rate and sort
      4m 3s
    7. Sorting with filters
      3m 45s
  9. 33m 53s
    1. Previewing multiple files
      5m 6s
    2. The Bridge Review mode
      7m 4s
    3. The Bridge Full Screen mode
      3m 8s
    4. Bridge slideshows
      4m 25s
    5. Stacking images
      3m 24s
    6. Renaming and batch-renaming
      4m 11s
    7. Adding favorites
      1m 58s
    8. Grouping images with Collections
      4m 37s
  10. 15m 3s
    1. Setting up metadata
      3m 34s
    2. Customizing the workspace for metadata
      2m 20s
    3. Creating a metadata template to add a copyright notice
      3m 55s
    4. Keywording images
      3m 33s
    5. Filtering images based on metadata
      1m 41s
  11. 9m 54s
    1. Recording an action
      2m 16s
    2. Batch-processing an action
      2m 11s
    3. Simplifying repetitive steps using the Image Processor
      2m 21s
    4. Opening multiple images as layers
      3m 6s
  12. 1h 13m
    1. What is Camera Raw?
      2m 47s
    2. Understanding the Camera Raw preferences
      3m 15s
    3. Opening files in Camera Raw
      5m 23s
    4. The Camera Raw interface and essential controls
      5m 13s
    5. White Balance, Straighten, and Tone
      3m 2s
    6. Crop, Rotate, and Vignette
      5m 6s
    7. Improving color and tone
      4m 45s
    8. Saturation vs. Vibrance
      4m 46s
    9. Converting an image to black and white
      4m 7s
    10. Split-toning an image
      3m 32s
    11. Working with tone subjectively
      5m 56s
    12. Adjustment Brush essentials
      3m 19s
    13. Using the Adjustment Brush
      7m 24s
    14. Working with the Graduated filter
      4m 6s
    15. Sharpening and noise reduction
      6m 10s
    16. Working with multiple images
      4m 45s
  13. 38m 42s
    1. Creative tip 2: Worth the risk
      2m 30s
    2. Introducing layers
      2m 53s
    3. Working with layers
      2m 21s
    4. Working with History and the History Brush
      4m 1s
    5. Aligning layers
      1m 56s
    6. Organizing layers
      4m 17s
    7. Layer style effects
      4m 21s
    8. Creating a clipping mask
      4m 27s
    9. Creating a reflection of an image
      2m 37s
    10. Targeting and moving layers
      5m 36s
    11. Reviewing layers shortcuts
      3m 43s
  14. 31m 31s
    1. Introducing masking
      2m 8s
    2. Creating a simple layer mask
      3m 51s
    3. Masking shortcuts
      3m 25s
    4. Using Color Range to create a detailed mask
      3m 48s
    5. Creating a layer mask with Color Range
      5m 5s
    6. Masking and brightening eyes
      3m 35s
    7. Masking and selective sharpening
      2m 58s
    8. The Quick Mask mode
      6m 41s
  15. 24m 15s
    1. Creating a custom border with masking
      5m 41s
    2. Using pre-built borders
      7m 6s
    3. Exploring sample image frames
      4m 59s
    4. Frame plugin highlight: Photoframe
      6m 29s
  16. 51m 47s
    1. Creating a mask with the Quick Selection tool
      5m 39s
    2. Working with the Quick Selection tool
      4m 12s
    3. Creating color range selections
      4m 46s
    4. Advanced selection enhancements
      5m 1s
    5. Using the Magic Wand
      2m 33s
    6. Using the Lasso tool
      5m 37s
    7. Pen and path shortcuts
      5m 20s
    8. Understanding paths
      4m 7s
    9. Creating path selections
      6m 3s
    10. The Magnetic Lasso tool and paths
      8m 29s
  17. 21m 10s
    1. Introducing the Adjustments panel
      2m 26s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      3m 39s
    3. Understanding the difference between Vibrance and Saturation
      2m 55s
    4. Using the Target Adjustment tool
      4m 9s
    5. Hue/Saturation adjustments and masking
      3m 15s
    6. Hue/Saturation blending with Shadow/Highlight
      4m 46s
  18. 17m 45s
    1. Introducing levels
      1m 58s
    2. Enhancing color and tone with levels
      3m 3s
    3. Modifying color with levels
      3m 47s
    4. Levels and masking
      3m 13s
    5. Using levels and masking to get the most out of adjustments
      5m 44s
  19. 40m 58s
    1. Demystifying curves
      6m 52s
    2. Using curves for contrast and tone
      3m 33s
    3. Midtones and advanced blending
      2m 50s
    4. Curves and general Hue/Saturation
      2m 54s
    5. Enhancing color with curves
      6m 18s
    6. Curves, color, masking, and tone
      5m 10s
    7. Curves and masking
      4m 54s
    8. Creative tip 3: Using curves for publication
      5m 14s
    9. Using, modifying, and saving curves presets
      3m 13s
  20. 24m 7s
    1. Creative tip 4: Ordinary ingredients = extraordinary results
      2m 23s
    2. Introducing blend modes
      5m 36s
    3. Blend modes visualized
      6m 48s
    4. Blending multiple images
      6m 9s
    5. Blend modes shortcuts
      3m 11s
  21. 42m 57s
    1. Correcting color with eyedroppers
      4m 37s
    2. Advanced color correction with eyedroppers
      2m 27s
    3. Color correction with Camera Raw
      3m 3s
    4. Performing difficult color correction with Camera Raw
      3m 1s
    5. Performing easier color correction with a color chart
      2m 31s
    6. Color-correcting skin by the numbers
      3m 42s
    7. Color-correcting by the numbers
      4m 10s
    8. Color correction: Studio shot
      3m 6s
    9. Color correction: Light skin tone
      3m 6s
    10. Color correction: Dark skin tone
      3m 44s
    11. Color correction: Multiple skin tones
      6m 40s
    12. Color correction plugin highlight: SkinTune 2
      2m 50s
  22. 44m 44s
    1. Replacing color with Hue/Saturation
      3m 2s
    2. Replacing a color
      5m 6s
    3. Modifying color with Selective Color
      3m 5s
    4. Color focus
      5m 59s
    5. Experimenting with cool and warm colors
      5m 18s
    6. Enhancing a portrait with sunset colors
      5m 16s
    7. Enhancing a landscape with sunrise colors
      5m 19s
    8. Enhancing a color group shot
      3m 17s
    9. Using photo filters with black-and-white photos
      3m 14s
    10. Using photo filters with color photos
      5m 8s
  23. 22m 3s
    1. Introducing the Burn and Dodge tools
      2m 56s
    2. Using the Burn and Dodge tools
      3m 47s
    3. Darkening corners with the Soft Light blend mode
      3m 0s
    4. Adding contrast to the highlights
      2m 30s
    5. Darkening a portion of an image
      2m 45s
    6. Correcting bright and dark tones
      3m 56s
    7. Reducing highlights with the Multiply blend mode
      3m 9s
  24. 19m 30s
    1. Creative tip 5: Seeing beyond the color - your gear is good enough
      4m 58s
    2. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      3m 37s
    3. Portrait black-and-white conversion
      3m 31s
    4. Landscape black-and-white conversion
      2m 40s
    5. Adding grain and tone to a black-and-white image
      4m 44s
  25. 11m 16s
    1. Introducing Smart Filters
      2m 36s
    2. Applying Smart Filters
      3m 21s
    3. Blending and masking Smart Filters
      5m 19s
  26. 19m 38s
    1. Noise reduction with Surface Blur
      4m 36s
    2. The Noise Reduction filter
      2m 54s
    3. Advanced noise reduction with Channels
      5m 32s
    4. Advanced noise reduction with the Dfine plugin
      6m 36s
  27. 33m 29s
    1. The Dust and Scratches Filter
      3m 57s
    2. Using masking to remove dust and scratches
      5m 10s
    3. Introducing the trio of healing tools
      6m 18s
    4. Using the Healing and Clone Stamp tools
      4m 21s
    5. Using the Patch tool
      7m 40s
    6. Cleaning up an image with what's there
      6m 3s
  28. 58m 58s
    1. Creative tip 6: A beautiful mistake
      2m 51s
    2. Cleaning up a background
      3m 21s
    3. Removing blemishes
      4m 19s
    4. Cleaning up backgrounds and blemishes
      3m 46s
    5. Brightening eyes
      3m 12s
    6. Changing eye color
      4m 55s
    7. Darkening the edge of an eye
      1m 32s
    8. Adding makeup
      2m 25s
    9. Correcting distortion
      2m 19s
    10. Reducing eye wrinkles
      4m 4s
    11. Adding height and reducing wrinkles
      7m 55s
    12. Whitening teeth
      4m 6s
    13. Whitening teeth using Quick Mask
      3m 39s
    14. Softening skin
      5m 5s
    15. Removing red-eye
      2m 21s
    16. The next steps in retouching
      3m 8s
  29. 38m 35s
    1. Introducing Smart Sharpen
      3m 23s
    2. Smart Sharpen demystified
      4m 10s
    3. Smart Sharpen and masking
      8m 46s
    4. Using the Unsharpen Mask filter
      5m 19s
    5. Black-and-white High Pass sharpening
      8m 2s
    6. Color High Pass sharpening
      3m 27s
    7. Sharpening and tone
      5m 28s
  30. 28m 38s
    1. Resizing for email and the web
      3m 1s
    2. Image size considerations
      2m 54s
    3. Preparing files for the web
      4m 37s
    4. Sharpening for the web
      2m 12s
    5. Correcting color for the web
      3m 10s
    6. The Save for Web dialog
      3m 51s
    7. Creating a web gallery
      6m 21s
    8. Sharing your photos online
      2m 32s
  31. 23m 33s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      4m 19s
    2. Presenting your photos as a PDF slideshow
      2m 55s
    3. Desktop printing recommendations
      1m 40s
    4. Preparing to print
      5m 53s
    5. Using Soft Proof to pre-visualize printing
      3m 46s
    6. Using the Print dialog
      3m 31s
    7. Print settings
      1m 29s
  32. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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