Lightroom: How to Use the Adjustment Brush

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom allows users to fix up or add effects to photos and one way this is done by using the Adjustment Brush tool. The Adjustment Brush tool allows users to add effects to only particular sections of photos that need to be adjusted.

Step 1: Adjustment Brush Effects

The Adjustment Brush tool allows users to fix small sections of photographs or images without changing the entire photograph. Different adjustments can be made to photograph and these effects range from brightening the photo to adding depth to increasing contrast.

Here is a list of all the effects that can be done with the Adjustment Brush tool.

  • Brightness - The brightness effect manipulates how bright an image is, especially the colors that fall in the mid-tone range.
  • Clarity - The clarity effect increases the contrast in the selected section of the image.
  • Color - The color setting allows users to add a tint to images, and users may select from a number of hues.
  • Contrast - The contrast setting manipulates the contrast of the image, especially the colors that fall in the mid-tone range.
  • Exposure - The exposure effect allows users to manipulate the overall brightness of a photo or image.
  • Saturation - This effect manipulates how vivid colors, and users can either increase or decrease color saturation.
  • Sharpness - The sharpness tool allows users to increase or decrease an object's edges.
  • Soften Skin - This tool can reduce blemishes on human skin to create a softened effect and make the skin more appealing.

Step 2: How to Use the Adjustment Brush

The Adjustment Brush tool can be found within the Develop module. The Develop module is Lightroom's experimental section. Users can manipulate photos here without ever affecting the original photo.

  • To add effects or correct photos and other images using the Adjustment Brush tool, users should follow the below steps: Open up a photo within the Develop module.
  • Once open users should select the Adjustment Brush tool. It will look like a solid circle with a rod coming out the right-hand side.
  • A pop-up menu will appear and this is where users can choose the type of Effect that they would like use.
  • Users can adjust the intensity of the effect by sliding the Amount Slider back and forth. If users drag the slider to the left, it will create a negative effect. If they drag it to the right, it will increase the intensity of the effect.
  • Now, users should select the size and type of Adjustment Brush that they would like to use. For smaller areas, users should select a small brush. Users may want to experiment with the different brush types until they find one that will work.
  • Drag the Adjustment Brush tool to the photo, and then move it around the area that needs to be manipulated.
  • An adjustment pin will appear on the photo where the Adjustment Brush first touched the photo. The Mask button will now change to Edit, and users can use the Effect sliders to further manipulate the adjustment.