Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing the Adjustment Brush, part of Photoshop CC for Photographers: Camera Raw 8 Intermediate.
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One of the ways that you can make more specific and more advanced adjustments in Camera Raw is by using the adjustment brush. So here in this movie, I want to provide you with a broad overview of how we can start to work with the adjustment brush. Then, in the next few movies, we'll dig a bit deeper. Well, for starters, you can select adjustment brush by way of a shortcut. The shortcut key is the K key or simply click on the brush icon, which is located right here. Next, when you position your cursor over the image after you've selected this tool, you'll notice that you have an interesting cursor which is made up of two concentric circles.
We'll talk a little bit more about that later. Yet for now, I want to highlight that those circles give us insight into our brush size. With this tool, what we can do is paint in adjustments into certain areas of our photograph. What I want to do with this picture is I want to brighten up the wave. I also want to change the color temperature, and brighten this area up in order to increase the visual interest in this photograph. Well, we can paint in different types of adjustments. If we want to change the color temperature, we'll just click and drag one of the Temperature or Tint sliders. If we want to brighten an area up, we can click and drag the Exposure slider to the right.
Next, if you scroll down, there are some sliders which will allow us to control some of the characteristics of the brush. Here I can create a bigger brush by clicking and dragging this to the right. We also have a Feather slider, which allows us to control the hardness or the softness of the edge of the brush. We'll dig into that a bit more later. Yet for now I simply want to start to paint over this area. I'll paint back and forth over this part of the photograph. And in this way you can start to see that what I'm doing here is brightening up this area of the image. And by painting over that area of the image, you can see how we've made a specific adjustment. When you click on the Preview checkbox, you can see there's the before. Click again, and here's the after.
The great thing about this is that we can continue to modify or edit the adjustment. For example, if we also want to bring in some contrast in to this area, we can add a little bit more contrast by clicking and dragging the Contrast slider to the right. Or if we want to brighten this up further or darken it, we can drag our Exposure slider in order to customize how bright or how dark that area is. This gives us a lot of flexibility, because we can continually modify and edit the area which we've been working on. Now because the adjustment brush is such an important and powerful tool, let's dig a little bit deeper into how we can work with this tool. And we'll do that in the next movie.
- Correcting exposure
- Making selective adjustments with Auto Mask
- Brightening shadows and darkening highlights
- Enhancing the color, tone, and sharpness of the eyes
- Removing Moiré patterns
- Creative color and effects with the Graduated Filter
- Improving exposure and adding blur with the Radial Filter
- Retouching skin
- Removing distracting background elements
- Working with the tone curve
- Removing color with HSL
- Split toning a color photo
- Removing extreme distortion with the Lens Profile
- Adding grain
- Creating and applying Camera Raw presets