Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Customizing the Adjustment Brush size, Feather, and Flow, part of Exploring Lightroom: Power Shortcuts.
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- Now that we know the shortcuts for selecting the tools in the tool strip, let's dig deeper into using these tools beginning with the adjustment brush. Well, the adjustment brush will look at shortcuts for changing the brush size, feather, and flow. And also, the shortcut for toggling auto mask on and off. Alright, we'll begin by pressing the K key to select the adjustment brush. Next, from the effect pull down menu, let's go ahead and choose something like Exposure which will reset all of the other sliders and give us a value for exposure. Now, for the value, I'm going to crank this up really high just so that I can show you how the shortcuts work.
It won't really make the image better, but it will help us to learn the shortcut. So here we'll have a high exposure value. Now when we go down to the base of this dialogue, you can see when can control our brush size, feather, and flow, and auto mask right here. Position the cursor over the image and to change the brush size, when you can see the size of the brush with that overlay graphic, you can use your right and left bracket keys. Right bracket key makes it bigger, just tap it multiple times, or just press and hold it. You can see the brush size will grow. Left bracket key will make it smaller.
Next, to change the feather, it's actually pretty easy to remember that one because you're just adding shift to that keyboard shortcut. So shift, right bracket increases our feather value. Shift, left bracket decreases it. So here we can use those shortcuts to change those two values. Now, currently I have a very low flow value. So, if I were going to paint on this image in some brightness, here I'll decrease my brush size by tapping the left bracket key. And I'm just going to go ahead and make a few brush strokes. You can barely see the difference.
If I want it to come in more quickly, I need to increase the flow. To do that, I'll tap five on the keyboard. That takes it to 50. Or if I tape five five, it goes right to 55. And now when I paint you can see it's brightening up this area more dramatically. Now, if you want to work on an area where you have a border or an edge, let's say we just want to brighten up the island, here, we'd want to use auto mask. To turn on auto mask you press the A key. Think A for auto mask. First letter there in that feature.
And then when I click and paint over this area, it's going to limit the adjustment just to the island and give me the ability to control that. Now, I know that the adjustment's a bit over the top, that's because my exposure value is too high. But again, the point wasn't improving the image, the point with this movie is all about shortcuts. Let me reiterate those. Brush size, bracket keys, right bracket key bigger, left bracket key smaller. Feather, shift right bracket is more feather, shift left bracket is less. Flow, just press a number on your keyboard. Two for 20, or eight for 80.
Auto mask, press the A key, that will give you the ability to toggle auto mask on or off.