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Now that we know how we can start to use the Adjustment brush in order to paint in adjustments into particular areas of our picture, in really a free-form way, here what I want to do is focus in on how we can start to work with Auto Masking, which allows us to paint in adjustments that are limited, based on where we are painting or how we're using this brush. So let's go and select the Adjustment brush, and to do that press the K key. Next, let's say that what we need to do for this image is that we need to change the jersey or the shirt color here.
Well, to do that, we're going to dial in a few settings. First, we're going to desaturate, so I'll click and drag this Saturation amount to the left. Next, underneath the Color options here, if you click on this little chip, it will open up the Color Picker and here I'm going to choose a really bright and vibrant green, then I'll click Ok. Next, let's scroll down to the options for our brush. Here I have some options for my Brush Size, also the Feather amount and the Flow; I'll bring my Flow up a little bit, and then finally we have what's called Auto Mask.
You can turn this on and off by pressing the M key and that's an important shortcut, because as you'll see later, there will be certain areas where you'll want to use Auto Mask, other times you won't. So just know that the M key will toggle this on and off. And for now let's leave this off, and then what I want to do, is I'm going to hover over the image and the crosshairs here in the center of the circle, I'm going to position them over the blue of the jersey and just click and paint down. As I do that, you can see that I'm affecting the jersey but all of a sudden he's starting to look like the Incredible Hulk a little bit, because his arm is turning green.
That definitely didn't work. So we'll press the Delete key in order to undo that adjustment. Now we'll press M or we'll click on the Auto Mask button. I'm going to make that same exact adjustment here, crosshairs are just covering the Blue, and in this way you can see that what's happening is all of a sudden, this adjustment is just limited to that area. Well, how this works is with your Brush even this big, Camera Raw prioritizes the pixels underneath the crosshairs.
It then goes out towards those edges and it looks for some sort of an area of contrast or where there is some edge. Then it stops the adjustment there. For more precision, we can have a smaller brush as well, and here what I want to do is just go ahead and start to paint across the jersey. And in doing that you can see how we're building up this effect in order to change the color of this part of our image. In order to get into the collar area, I'm going to zoom in a bit more closely, and next, I'll make my brush smaller. Again, when you need to work on precise areas and really get this type of an adjustment into a precise area, you'll want to get close and work with a smaller brush.
That being said, sometimes you'll start out with a bigger brush a little bit more zoomed out in order to make the adjustments into those bigger areas. Then you'll zoom in and kind of go back and forth changing your brush size. Well, here I'm just going to paint over the rest of the jersey, making sure I have a nice selection there, making sure we're able to change all the color of that, and if we zoom out a little bit, we can look at that before and after by clicking on the Preview icon. Here is before and now here's after. We were able to make this adjustment because Auto Mask allowed us to limit that area that we were then modifying.
What's interesting about using Auto Mask and about working with this is that we can do things like change color, or we could change the overall density of that area, if we wanted it to be a little bit darker there, not quite so bright. In doing that, that of course affected the Hue of the color. We can also bring up our Contrast, our Clarity of this area, so I could have a little bit more texture in that part of the photograph. And again, by making all of these adjustments limited to this area, it gives us a lot of control about how we're changing this part of our photograph.
Alright, well let's evaluate that overall before and after; here it is. There is before. We'll click on that again. Now here's after.
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