The Brush tool is one of the most important and widely used Lightroom tools. Yet, so many people struggle with it.
Also known as the adjustment tools, it allows you to modify specific areas of an image. You can use it to adjust one or several photographic parameters such as exposure settings, sharpness, white balance, etc.
Go to the Develop module to access the brush.
You can then press K to move ahead or you can opt to click the far-right tool in the tool pallet found below the histogram panel.
This is how it appears:
The section is divided into Brush, Effect, and Mask subareas, each with a specific function.
Here’s more about each:
Mask: You can edit the previous setting or choose a new adjustment here.
Effect: This is where you will find several adjustment sliders. Make changes to the slider and they will be implemented on your image. You can even save and use presets to save time.
Lightroom comes with some built-in effects. However, if you want more then you can opt to create some as well.
Brush: This section involves fine-tuning brush features. Here are some of the most popular features:
A and B: This lets you choose between two options, a soft large brush and a hard small brush.
Size: You can change the size of the brush by using this option. Turn to [ and ] on your keyboard.
Flow: This section lets you determine how each stroke helps you hit 100% area. The lower the flow, the more strikes you will need.
Density: This works just like flow and decides the strength of the brush.
Erase: You can use this option to delete features that have already been brushed on your image. You can access it by holding down the Option(Mac) or Alt(Windows) key.
Feather: You will be able to adjust the feather transition zone’s size as well. High feathering is suitable for softer brush and vice versa.
Auto Mask: This feature saves time by automatically detecting area borders and ensuring the brush action remains within them.
Now that you know how it works, all you have to do is import the image you want to edit, select your desired setting, and work on the areas that you want to change.