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11:03, 17 February 2018

Lightroom Adjustment Brush Tips for Beginners


Here’s a few quick shortcuts for using the Adjustment Brush for those of you just (may refer to: Just (surname) “Just” (song), a song by Radiohead Just! (series), a series of short-story collections for children by Andy Griffiths Jordan University of Science and Technology, a) getting into Lightroom (or if you’ve been using Lightroom for a while, maybe you forgot about these, or never knew these existed, or just wanted a refresher). Ya know, stuff like that.

Above (may refer to: Above (artist), Contemporary urban artist Above Church, a village in Staffordshire, England In music: Above (Mad Season album), a 1995 album by Mad Season Above (Pillar album), a 2000): You’ll be changing brush (brush is a tool with bristles, wire or other filaments) sizes a lot, so you’ll want to know how to change brush sizes (is the magnitude or dimensions of a thing, or how big something is. Size can be measured as length, width, height, diameter, perimeter, area, volume, or mass) from your keyboard.
By the way — the Adjustment Brush cursor you see above shows you the actual size of the brush (the smaller circle inside), and the amount (is a property that can exist as a multitude or magnitude) of feathering [softening added to the edges] applied to your brush (the larger outer circle (circle is a simple closed shape)). When you see a big gap between the larger outer circle, and the inner circle, that means you have a lot of feathering (is a technique used in computer graphics software to smooth or blur the edges of a feature) applied (it’s a soft-edged brush). If you the two circles are very close together, it’s a hard-edge brush.

Above: To shrink the size of the brush (don’t worry — the feathering amount moves in tandem with it), just press the left bracket (bracket is a tall punctuation mark typically used in matched pairs within text, to set apart or interject other text) key ( [ ) to shrink the brush size, and the right bracket key ( ] ) to make the brush size larger (these keys are just to the right of the letter “P” on a standard QWERTY keyboard).

Above: If you want to leave the brush size as is, but just change the amount of feathering (as seen above), hold the Shift key, and use the same left and right bracket keys.

Above: You know that Edit (may refer to: Editing, the process of correcting or revising text, images, or sound Edit (application), a simple text editor for the Apple Macintosh Edit (MS-DOS), the MS-DOS Editor, a plain-text) Pins that appear on screen when you paint over (may refer to) an area? Well, you have some options over how they appear.
First, you can show/hide then by pressing Command-H (on Mac) or Ctrl-H on Windows. Next, there’s a option, down in the left corer of the Toolbar, which lets you choose when the edit pins appear.
Always: (the one with the checkbox, shown here) means the pins (pin is a device used for fastening objects or material together) are always visible, even when (may refer to: When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse, New York, U.S. WHEN, the former call letters of TV station WTVH in Syracuse) your cursor (may refer to: Cursor (user interface), an indicator used to show the current position for user interaction on a computer monitor or other display device Cursor (databases), a control structure that) isn’t over the image.
Auto: your Edit Pins automatically hide when your cursors moves away from the image area, so if you move your cursor over to move any of the Adjustment Brush sliders, they auto-hide.
Selected: It only shows (may refer to Show (fair) Show (animal), a judged event in the hobby of animal fancy Conformation dog show Cat show Dog and pony show, an American idiom Mr. Show, a sketch comedy series Show, a 3G) the pin you’re currently working on, and it hides the other ones. This is a pretty decent choice, because once you’re working on a different pin, why do you need to see the other ones all the time? Sometimes you might, but not usually.
Never: This one is kinda obvious. It never shows the Edit pins.

Above: One more — if you want to see the area you painted over (the mask), you can either:
(a) Move (may refer to) your cursor over the active pin and it will display the mask as a red tint, as seen above.
(b) Press the letter “O” on your keyboard, and it keeps the mask turned on (like you see above), so you can see the mask (mask is an object normally worn on the face, typically for protection, disguise, performance, or entertainment) as you paint.
OK, how you find one or more of those helpful.
Have a great Monday everybody!
Best,
-Scott
P.S. I’m up in Nashville at PPA’s Imaging USA conference


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