Explore the Smart Brush
Drag to draw using this nifty little adjustment tool
Learn to throw a little colour over your images using the gradient options
Adjustments are at the core of editing photos. They’re quick and easy ways to ensure colours pop, tone is dynamic and everything is working as it should for the final image. They’re non-destructive and can be used on a range of different projects.
If you’re a digital artist, you’re more used to applying these kinds of effects with brushes. The great thing about the Smart Brush is that it combines the pinpoint clicking of a brush with adjustments, to give you something nice and precise when you’re editing your images. If you’re solely using adjustments and fill layers, then you’ve got to mask your effects in, but the Smart Brush makes it possible for you to do this and get accurate effects in specific areas of your work as you’re working.
The Smart Brush offers a number of options, too. There’s the Blue Skies effect – which we’re going to use in this tutorial – but there are also options for transforming portraits and altering contrast and tone. When you’re in the dialog box, choose the Show All option to pick from any of the effects on offer within the tool.
Let’s dive into how to use the Smart Brush as a real gamechanger when it comes to your adjustments. It’s not just there for the finishing touches, but can be used throughout your creative process to edit your photos cleanly and provide you with precision. Adjustments are really important when it comes to photo-editing, and the Smart Brush will soon become a vital tool in your workflow once you know when to use it.