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Lightroom 3 Lightroom Adjustment Brush In-Depth - part 4 of 1 2 3 4 5

by Art Suwansang Published 01/10/2010

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Next, I needed to dodge the couple, just a touch, so that they stand out, especially their faces and skin tone. To do this, I started at the top of the brush panel by clicking on new to create a new mask and then I reset all of the slider settings. For this part, both of their skin tones correspond to the mid-tone area, so I used the brightness slider and set it to 100. As for the brush, I zoomed in and used a smaller brush with soft feather, and set the flow to about 50 along with the density and painted carefully over them; coming back to make further adjustments as needed. The before and after of this adjustment can be seen in figure 05.

Scenario 2: Localize Color Correction

For the next image, let's use the brush tool to perform colour correction. To properly utilise this tool you must develop a basic understanding of the colour wheel and know the opposite, or complementary, colour (I've included a colour wheel in figure 07 for reference). When correcting for any colour cast, generally select the direct opposite of that colour on the colour wheel.


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The portrait in figure 08 was taken in a mixed lighting condition, where the right side of the bride's face shows a strong purple-magenta colour cast compared to the normal skin tone. Using the colour wheel to find the opposite colour to purple-magenta, I would simply draw a straight line starting at purple-magenta across the centre of the circle the colour that is opposite it. It's that simple, in this case the colour would be a light green - yellow tone. Bare in mind that there is no exact formula for the colour, it is the best approximation. Using the brush tool for this adjustment, I would click on the 'colour' box in the effect panel and pick a light green-yellow colour from the colour tray (fig. 09). As for the brush setting, a moderate brush size with high feather for a softer edge effect would be best. For this situation I like to slowly and gradually paint in the effect. I set the flow at about 60 and the density at about 50, where I can return later to increase or decrease the brush density. A close-up of the before along with the mask and final effect can be seen in figure 10.


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