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So you want more control? In life? Over your finances? Over your runaway mouth? (Ok, maybe I'm just talking about me.) But what I can help with is gaining more control over your brushing. Let's be real: when adding an effect to specific areas of an image, nobody has time to precisely and painstakingly brush around edges. There are more fun things waiting, for sure. And technology has got your back. You can now brush intelligently.
In ACDSee Ultimate 10 and ACDSee Pro 10, you can use the Smart Brush to target your brushing to specific colors, brightness values, or a combination of color and brightness. This combo is called Magic. The Smart Brush only affects pixels similar in value to the pixel in the center of the brush stroke (the round thingy), and allows you to apply adjustments to those pixels.
To Use the Smart Brush:
- Open the image in Edit Mode
- In Edit mode, select the tool you want to use.
- Click the Edit Brush to enable the brush and open the controls. Or, toggle it open and closed with the B key.
- To make the brush smart, select an option from the Smart Brushing drop-down menu:
- Use the Tolerance slider to increase or decrease the range of pixels affected by the Smart Brush. This will help you target strokes to even more specific areas.
- Place your cursor over the color or brightness you wish to select and begin painting on the effect. I like having the Show brush strokes checkbox enabled so I can see exactly what areas I'm impacting.
- Then adjust the sliders on whatever tool you're in to get the effect you want. This may include unchecking the Show brush strokes checkbox.
- Press Done to apply these adjustments.
|Color||Uses the color of pixels similar in value to the pixel in the center of the brush stroke to determine if they should be brushed on, depending on the Tolerance slider setting.|
|Brightness||Uses the brightness of pixels similar in value to the pixel in the center of the brush stroke to determine if they should be brushed on, depending on the Tolerance slider setting.|
|Magic||Uses a combination of the color and brightness values similar to the pixel in the center of the brush stroke to determine which pixels should be brushed on, depending on the Tolerance slider setting.|
Here's some brightness-based brushing using the Sharpen tool:
This sharpening was targeted specifically to certain brightness ranges in the trees:
Here's an example of color-based brushing, again, using the Sharpen tool:
You want something bolder? I aim to please.
An ordinary yellow parachute:
But I don't care for yellow. (Don't ask.) Color-based brushing, once more, (just look at that targeting!) :
Then I can shift the color to this:
Additional tips: Hold down SHIFT to temporarily disable the Smart Brush.
You can erase brush strokes by right-clicking and brushing over your strokes.
You can turn off Smart Brush by choosing Off from the drop-down menu.
By the way, did I mention the Smart Brush is available for non-destructive adjustments in Develop mode?! Enjoy!