Selective Layer Adjustments

Selective Layer Adjustments

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Add Selective Layer Adjustments in Photoshop



You may want to add an Adjustment Layer that only affects certain areas. It may be a portrait where you want a bit more light on one side of the face.

This method is commonly used to paint light into or out of an image.


Step One

Open an image in Photoshop (File > Open).

Step Two

Click the Adjustment Layer icon and select Curves.

Step Three

Click in the middle of the curve and drag the new point up slightly. The entire image lightens.

Step Four

Notice that the Adjustment Layer Mask is white. Because it is white, the Adjustment Layer affects the entire image. Click to select the mask and press Cmd/ i (PC-Ctrl/i) to change the mask to black. The image is back to normal.

Step Five

Select the Brush tool. Set the color to white and lower the opacity. Paint the mask with white to lighten the image in specific areas.

Step Six

At any point, you can double-click the Adjustment Layer icon to access the curve and change the settings.

Step Seven

To soften the mask, select the mask and choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

Blend and Opacity Options

The Adjustment layer's Blend Mode and Opacity can be changed to alter the effect.


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