What is your favourite trick?

Started Aug 19, 2004 | Discussions thread
dannyraphael Veteran Member • Posts: 3,494
Adjustment layers - selective application

Great thread. Great idea. I don't believe I read this one among this collection.

It's not unusual for an image to need color or toning adjustments in specific areas, not overall. This is my I approach to these situations:

  • Add the appropriate adjustment layer (Levels, Curves, Hue/Sat, etc.)

  • Apply the adjustment to correct/enhance the areas that need it. (This

usually results in messing up areas that don't need fixing.)

  • Ctrl + I (to invert the mask and "undo" the effect)

  • Airbrush with white in desired areas to (again) reveal the adjustment

layer's effect. Airbrushing allows you to control the degree of application depending on need. (Paint black to "undo" if you overdo it.) You can fine tune by tweaking the adjustment layer's opacity or trying different layer blend modes.


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