The Adjustment Brush --Much Much More than Dodge and Burn
Adjustment Brush in Lightroom CC 2015
- The adjustment brush builds a mask based on your paint strokes.
- You can change the size of the brush and alter its affect.
- Feather --Softness or hardness of the edge
- Flow --Controls stroke buildup (Tip: start with a low setting)
- Density --Sets a maximum opacity threshold for a strokes affect
- Density is turned off in erase mode.
- Lightroom has 2 brushes, A and B, which can have different sizes and settings
- Camera Raw can color code the masks
- Camera Raw can show the inverse of the mask
Auto mask uses "edge detection" to help you paint between the lines...
Sometimes (as shown above), it's easier to erase with auto mask!
Use the Zoom keyboard short cut, Space Bar + Command/Control = + Zoom
Turn off (uncheck) the Auto Mask to completely fill the areas you want to mask. Auto mask will leave dark splotches as it is (of course) edge detecting!
Turning off the mask lets you paint the affect of your settings without the mask getting in the way.
Because the wing was under exposed it'll appear quite noisy...so I added noise reduction of +33 to the masked area..
The adjustment brush can be taxing on your computer, your brush strokes may lag... be real patient or get a faster computer ;}
Invert the Mask Camera Raw Only
It's Labeled unaffected areas in the mask color selection dialogue
It'll give you a good idea as to how well your mask is working... and show you what areas need "more brush strokes" or fine tuning
The Final Results
But first I used the spot removal tool, to hide the bright slash in the upper wing.
And here's the final mask...
Okay, here's the final results with the Adjustment Brush panel with the settings I used in Camera Raw. Same settings work in Lightroom.
Enjoy and have fun!