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How to Get Smoother, More Accurate Results From Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush

Hi Gang. After I had heard and read several people’s comments about how they weren’t getting smooth solid results from using Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush (it was leaving gaps and missing areas when they used it, so they stopped using it altogether), I thought I’d add the problem, and the fix, in this short video above.

Today, I’m on my way out to Seattle for my seminar tomorrow, and then I’m off to Portland, Oregon for my seminar there on Friday — I hope I’ll see you at one or the other if you’re out on the West Coast. 🙂

Hope you have a ‘smooth Monday’ and we’ll catch you back here tomorrow.





  1. John Myers 1 May, 2016 at 22:00 Reply

    Thanks for clearing up some of the adjustment brush confusion. The Auto-mask control is a really powerful and useful tool when you understand it. It’s important to note how it selects what is masked, though. It’s not detecting edges (like the sharpening sliders) but rather it uses tonality and color to select what is protected. For instance, you can crank up the brush size as far as it goes,so it covers most of your image and pump the saturation slider too. If you put the little cross on a patch of blue sky, everything in the circle will remain untouched except for those areas with same kind of blue where your cross touches. This is really great if you have some graphical elements in your shot that just aren’t right, an advertisement in a street scene, for instance, or a label or logo in a product shot.

  2. notlyle 26 April, 2016 at 20:26 Reply

    To use this feature auto-masking to quickly paint up to the edges of buildings etc., shift click where your + hits the area you want to affect, hold down shift and go to the other end of the edge and click again. voila… very handy. (If they’re perfectly horizontal or vertical you can just shift-drag in the direction of interest and get orthogonal results similarly.)

  3. Dennis Zito 25 April, 2016 at 10:24 Reply

    Hey Scott,

    I knew about the Auto Mask, but what I didn’t know was the “A” Key to turn it on and off … Duh on me! 🙂 What a great help that’s going to be rather that going over and clicking on the Auto Mask check box!



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