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Here we are going to take a look at how we can use the Adjustment Brush in order to paint in new adjustments that weren't available in previous versions of Camera RAW. I will be working with these two files here. Let's go ahead and open them up in Camera RAW. You can do so by pressing Command+R on a Mac, or Ctrl+R on Windows. With this first photograph, I am going to go ahead and click on it a few times in order to zoom in and press the spacebar key to reposition. Next, what I want to do is work on the exposure on the left side of the image.
I'll go ahead and click on the Adjustment Brush icon, or press the K key to select it. And here you'll notice we have many more options: Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, so on and so forth. What we can do is select an option. Let's say I want to work on the highlights. I want to decrease the brightness of the highlights. I'll choose a low highlight value and then for my brush go ahead and scroll down here. I want to have a relatively small brush size with a lot of feather and then my Flow pretty low.
This allows me to paint these adjustments in successively. In other words, I can make one adjustment or one brush stroke and then I can go back and paint back over that again. And so, again, all that I'm interested in doing is trying to darken up this side of the face. And I am doing so by using this slider here, which in this case is our highlights. As you're making these adjustments, you shouldn't see anything really dramatic until you click the preview. Here is before and then after. So we are really diminishing the brightness value, or these brighter whites over here on this side of the face.
If you want to bring these out even more, well, by all means change this slider. Here you can see we can control those whites, and you can see I can either darken them or brighten them up. And what I'm looking for here is something which is relatively subtle. I'll go ahead and decrease the exposure just a little bit there as well to try to get this a little bit more close in regards the overall exposure. Now let's say we want to make another type of adjustment. Perhaps we want to work on the eyes. Let's double-click the zoom tool that will take us right up close to the face, here.
To make another adjustment, click on the Adjustment Brush tool. And then I want to choose an option. In this case I am going to go for contrast and maybe some sharpness, so I'll click on the plus icon for contrast. That creates an adjustment with an increased contrast, also increase my clarity, my saturation; my sharpness. Why don't we add a little bit of brightness as well? Once we've done that, we can go ahead and hover over the eyes. And I'll increase the Flow so you can see this a little bit more dramatically. I am just going to paint over this area of the image.
As I'm painting, I'm careful not to paint on any other part of the image. I also don't want to go over the top so that the eyes look unnatural. In other words, if we increase the exposure too much, you can see how things start to look a little bit strange. So we want it to look bright, nice, adding all this clarity, saturation and contrast and sharpness--again, just increasing these amounts until we have a nice look there. Click on the Preview icon. Here we have our before and then after.
And with those eyes you can really see how we brought those to life. So all of these controls give us this new flexibility. All right. Well, what about those situations, say, like this next image here? I'll go ahead and click on it, then I'm going to zoom into the face area here or just double-click the Zoom tool to go to 100%. Well, when I do that and when I go to the Adjustment Brush, all of a sudden all of those other options are gone. I have limited controls that I can paint into this image. Why is that? Well, that's because this photograph has been processed by a previous version of Photoshop.
To change this or to update the process version--which you'll need to do in order to use this tool--you have to click on this exclamation point icon. Once I do that, watch these controls right here. I'll go ahead and click on that, and then all of a sudden--well, now I have this whole huge new range of controls. I can paint in noise reduction to a specific area. So if I want to work on a particular part of the image, well, I'll go ahead and click on that option, and then I could paint away the noise in a particular part of my photograph.
As you can imagine, this really all of a sudden makes this Adjustment Brush tool that much more versatile and powerful because it gives you more specific control about what you want to paint into an image. The last thing I want to highlight here is that if ever you're making an adjustment and you need to make a new adjustment, well, just click on this New button here that allows you to create a new adjustment with different settings, which you can then paint into your photograph. After you've modified your image, all that you need to do to apply those settings is to click Done.
That will then apply and save those settings with these files.
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