Adjustment Brush Color Overlay Tip

If you’re using the Adjustment Brush, you may notice that it shows a color overlay on top of what you’re painting on. By default it’s red, but if you’re painting on something on the photo that’s red it can be a little hard to see.


What’s nice about it, is that you can change the color. Just go under the top menu to Tools > Adjustment Brush Overlay. You can change it’s color right there or use the keyboard shortcut to cycle through the colors.


I’m off on Spring Break this week which is why the posts are a little light but I’ll be back in the saddle next week. Have a great day!adjustmentbrush1


Author: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog,, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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  1. I like so much your site, and I’m beginner in Lr, if you’ve or know where can I learn more about Lr4. Thank you.

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  2. thanks for the tip !
    by the way, is there any reason why we can’t paint a color with 100% opacity ? for instance if you have a fireworks in the sky and small houses in the black foreground, you can’t paint them black with a big brush.
    if you have a butterfly with a green background but a grey spot behinh you can’t paint it green
    i did that a lot with capture nx2 and eyedropper and can’t reproduce in lr5.3.
    it is just an overlay, you can’t paint a true 100% magenta,…

    i remember long time ago you already did a tuto about it but i expected one day brush color would improve

    best regards

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