Lightroom has so many great features that it is hard NOT to think that they are all “the best” feature or “my favorite” feature. But today I want to share with you 5 reasons the brush tool is all sorts of FABULOUSNESS.
Make Specific Changes
The brush tool allows you to “paint” on changes to a specific area of a photo. It is super easy. If it is a change that I want to make to only a small area of my photo, I use a brush to make that change. I use the brush tool to lighten, darken, or saturate different areas of a photo. I also use the brush tool to whiten my subject’s teeth, smooth my subject's skin, and sharpen my subjects eyes.
What Changes Can You Make?
Brushes and Pins
As soon as you click on the photo with the brush tool, a pin will appear. This pin will apply the combination of settings you pick to areas you paint with the brush.
If you’d like to make different changes to another part of the photo, you’ll need to click “new” at the top of the brush panel. Then start painting on the new area that you want to affect and a new pin will appear. The active pin will be the pin with the dark spot in the middle.
If you want to go back and make changes to the first pin, just hover over the pin and click on it with the hand tool that appears. The pin you click will become the active pin and you can make any changes or additions to that pin now. You can go back and forth between pins or delete them entirely by pressing the “delete” key on your keyboard if you find that you don’t like the changes you made.
If the Pins become distracting to you, just type the "H" key to make them disappear and then press it again to make them reappear.
Super flexible=super awesome!!
Adjusting Your Pins
Shortcut to the Brush Tool
Oh, and one last quick shortcut tip - type the “K” key from anywhere in Lightroom to open up the Develop Module with the brush tool immediately active. If you are already in the Develop Module, you can still press the “K” key to open up the brush panel. Press “K” again to close it when you are done!
I hope you now feel ready to take on and experiment with the FABULOUSNESS that is the brush tool!