Like other adobe products, lightroom doesn’t disappoint in its functionality. This product helps photographers, professional and novice alike in coming up with some great pictures. The best part is that one doesn’t have to be a technology savvy to use all the features that the app provides. With many features performing different functions, one needs to understand what each one stands for in order to explore all the benefits. Since brushing tool is one of those amazing features that can help you change specific areas of the photo, you need to have the right guideline to help you use it.
Find the tool
The first step when it comes to this adobe lightroom guide is knowing where the adjustment brush tool is located. It can be found under the development module in lightroom. You have to open the picture you want to edit before opening the adjustment brush tool. After selecting your picture, you can press “D” to give you the development module.
On the adjustment brush menu, choose “effect” to allow you to select the type of adjustment you want. Some of the types include:
This helps you set up the general color of the image.
Makes the shadows around the picture more visible.
Helps you make the temperature of the image cool or warm. This is very important in images captured under different lighting.
Helps you remove the green or pink colors.
Can bring out more details of a photo or hide them depending on how you set it up.
Shows details in overexposed parts of a picture.
Other effects available under this tool include “color” which can be applied to specific areas of a photo, “contrast” that helps with the contrast of the image, “sharpness” that makes details of an image clearer and “clarity” which helps in making local contrast more visible. You can also use noise, dehaze, defringe, and saturation among other effects.
Pick any effect you like and drag it over the photo to increase or decrease the value of the picture.
After creating the effects, you also have to specify the options you want for the adjustment brush. Some of the options include:
This helps you to control the rate with which you apply the brush.
This option controls how dense each stroke of the brush is.
Controls the diameter of the brush. It is usually measured in pixels.
Reduces the visible difference between the brushed area and the surrounding areas.
This option limits the strokes you apply using the brush to areas that have the same color.
After making all these changes you have to bring in your picture for the changes to take effect. When you do this, the “mask mode” will automatically change to “edit” to allow you to change what you want.
The fact that you can use up to three brushes to make adjustment changes means you can complete a single task within the shortest time possible. You can customize different settings for each brush to make them perform different tasks. You can also reset them when done to make them perform other different tasks. It’s advisable to let the “auto mask” feature mask the surrounding areas of your picture as you paint to make the job easier.