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Video – Stacking Multiple Adjustment Brush Settings

Here’s a quick tip that I showed at Photoshop World last week and it got a lot of “ah ha’s” from the crowd. It has to do with stacking multiple adjustment brush edits of the same setting. In the example I’ll show in the video, I was able to really push the details in some clouds by adding multiple adjustment brush pins with the Clarity set to 100 for each one. Each time you add them you’ll see the effect changes. It’s pretty cool stuff when you think about the effects that are possible with it. Enjoy!

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  1. GC 2 April, 2010 at 00:20 Reply

    Not just the brushes you can stack. When I have a shot with the typical pinprick flash reflection, I sometimes create a “better” reflection by using the spot removal brush, first to copy a white part of the eye to where I want the highlight, then to obscure part of that with a copy of the pupil, then to cover remove the flash glint (if not done already). A pass or two with the brush to get the highlight to preference and voila, a nice half-moon reflection and no more flash eye.

  2. Javier 1 April, 2010 at 04:49 Reply

    Hi MATT Loving very single Tip from you …I Like the delete thing of the brusches !!! Are you planing coming to Germany sometime ???

    Greetings from Munich


  3. Sam 31 March, 2010 at 20:54 Reply

    I find stacking adjustment brushes together if you have a lot of darkening to do. I had a photo where my couch was the majority of the background and the carpet was showing through. I darkened the carpet as much as I could, then I darkened the whole couch and carpet together (I wanted a dark background) so that the carpet blended into the couch a lot more.

  4. Arne 31 March, 2010 at 11:08 Reply

    Yes, the fact that stacking is possible is neat and occasionally very useful – but in cases that require a fairly precise mask, the fact that we’d have to recreate the same mask from scratch every singly time would be a pain, especially in the absence of selection tools and a more workable auto-mask. I wish that masks could be copied and inverted, but short of that why didn’t they simply build the additional leeway into the sliders (“make them go to 11”!)?

    • Mike Paterson 2 April, 2010 at 15:51 Reply

      Yes! Yes! Yes!… There should definitely be an option to copy a mask, to either duplicate it or invert it. I don’t think I would use the “duplicate” all that much on a daily basis, but there are definitely times where being able to have an inverted mask would be helpful.


  5. Glyn Dewis 31 March, 2010 at 10:19 Reply

    Real handy video there Matt so thanks for posting.
    Over the last month or so I’ve been re-working my workflow and have tried out other pieces of software to see if they ‘fit in’ better. One of the pieces of Software was Aperture 3.0 which on a personal level I felt was good but lacked something. Then along comes Lightroom Beta 3.2 and well, let’s just say I know where my loyalties are…lol

    Absolutely loving the new LR 3.2 Beta and what’s real exciting is that Adobe by tradition always throw in a few little surprises upon final release so who knows what we’re going to have at our disposal.

    Thanks again Matt,
    Great site with great tips, videos etc…

    All the best to you,

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