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Lightroom Adjustment Brush vs Aperture #1
Tom payneok@me.com's picture
by Tom payneok@me.com
May 23, 2016 - 8:19am

Am I just doing it wrong?  In Aperture when I went to “select” with an adjustment brush I could use an adjustment brush, paint it in and then “invert the mask” to effect or “not effect” the rest of the image.  In Lightroom I see how to invert the “oval” tool to mask “inside” or “outside” the selection, but there does not appear to be a way to invert the adjustment brush.  Am I just missing how to do this?  Seems such an obvious feature it has to be me but I can’t figure it out.

The situition that caused this that I am trying to desaturate a picture except for the one person in the picture.  In Aperture I would “color” in the person, invert the mask and desaturate the inverted mask.  I did the same in Lightroom I colored in the person but could not figure out how to invert the mask.  So instead I went to my global adjustment and desaturated the picture thinking my mask would “protect” the person in the picture. That was dumb obviously it does not work that way.  So do I really have to recolor everything except the person?  Obviously I could use photoshop but I like nondestructive editing in LR and why use 2 tools when one should work?

I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, I won't be laid a hand upon. I don't do these things to others, and I require the same from them. - John Wayne, from "The Shootist"

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by Florian Cortese
June 3, 2016 - 8:34pm

Tom, If I understand your question correctly, you want to use the adjustment brush to create a photo with a person/subject that is the original color from your captured photo and the rest of the picture desaturated of color like the selective color photos that were so in vogue in the past.  If that is the case you need to set the brush with the saturation slider all the way to the left, make a larger brush size and brush away from the subject and as you get closer click on Auto Mask and decrease your brush size and move closer to your subject.  Keep the + portion of the brush away form the edge of your subject.  That should desat the whole image except for your subject.  There is no need to do any inversion.  I think that is how you would achieve what you are hoping for.

Florian

Florian Cortese
www.fotosbyflorian.com

Tom payneok@me.com's picture
by Tom payneok@me.com
June 3, 2016 - 11:19pm

Florian,

Thanks so much for the help, I did finally get it done but the first time I tried I “colored” the wrong portion with the adjustment brush.  It seemed like an odd thing to not be able to “invert” the brush like we did in Aperture especially when you can invert the “oval” tool.  Thanks!

I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, I won't be laid a hand upon. I don't do these things to others, and I require the same from them. - John Wayne, from "The Shootist"

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