Greetings from Seattle. 🙂

This is just a quick-little video, but if you do your portrait retouching in Lightroom, it could make a big difference. It’s short, sweet, and to the point (my favorite kind), plus it uses a part of Lightroom that many folks don’t realize is there (only because it’s pretty much hidden). 🙂

Hope I get to meet you at my seminar here today in Seattle, or on Friday in Portland. 





  1. Bill Bentley 28 April, 2016 at 10:59 Reply

    Thanks for this Scott. I’ve never ever ventured into the adjustment brush presets menu before or used the amount slider.

  2. Paul O'Shea 27 April, 2016 at 13:27 Reply

    Hi Scott,
    Great Video. Just went an tried it out. Thanks!

    Have you got any trick on softening hair. Sometimes I find when the skin is softened the hair doesn’t look quite right somehow? It too needs to be softened a tad bit. Any ideas?

  3. Steve Boyko 26 April, 2016 at 08:03 Reply

    I learned another thing about Lightroom today.. thanks!

    I’m like Paul above – I just drag the slider – but this allows you to affect multiple sliders at once.

  4. Paul C 26 April, 2016 at 06:58 Reply

    Great tip, Scott. Rather than revealing the “amount” slider I tend to click & drag over the pin which has the same effect… horses for courses I suppose

    • Daniel 12 July, 2016 at 04:24 Reply

      Paul, two thumbs up – I just love this feature, but…

      Unfortunately, this trick is no longer working in newer (CC?) versions of Lightroom. Dragging the “adjustment pin” now just moves the painted or marked area around. Nevertheless, I came across a solution by trial and error, because I was missing this feature so much. After you marked an area using the adjustment brush, just type and hold the “Alt”-key (Windows) or the according key on Mac and adjust the “amount” of the effect by moving your mouse to the left – lowering the effect – or to the right – strengthening the effect.

      Best Regards,

      PS: A quick word to Scott… Keep up your excellent work and keep those great tips comin’ 🙂

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