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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.

Smart Brushing

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.

Brush Stoke

To Use the Smart Brush:

  1. Open the image in Edit Mode

  2. Open Image in Edit Mode

  3. In Edit mode, select the tool you want to use.

  4. Select Tool

  5. Click the Edit Brush to enable the brush and open the controls. Or, toggle it open and closed with the B key.

  6. Open Brush Panel

  7. To make the brush smart, select an option from the Smart Brushing drop-down menu:

  8. 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.
    Choose Options

  9. 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.

  10. Adjust Tollerance

  11. 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.

  12. Brushing

    Here's some brightness-based brushing using the Sharpen tool:


    Brushing Brightness

  13. 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.

  14. Press Done to apply these adjustments.

  15. This sharpening was targeted specifically to certain brightness ranges in the trees:


    Before and After

    Here's an example of color-based brushing, again, using the Sharpen tool:


    Brush by Color

    Sharpened

    You want something bolder? I aim to please.

    An ordinary yellow parachute:

    Parachute

    But I don't care for yellow. (Don't ask.) Color-based brushing, once more, (just look at that targeting!) :


    Parachute using color brushing

    Then I can shift the color to this:


    Hue shift

    Or this:


    Hue shift

    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.

    Turn Off Smart Brush

    By the way, did I mention the Smart Brush is available for non-destructive adjustments in Develop mode?! Enjoy!

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