In this video, I will show you how to edit your photos only using brushes. I’m not going to do any sort of global edits whatsoever but will only paint in the edits that I want using the Sleeklens.com brushes. So, let’s get started and it’s going to be so fantastic.
I have this great photo but I want to make it pop out a little more and add a little more stylization to it and the first thing I will do is highlight the water. I want to change the water a little bit and will go to my brushes and choose the first brush known as Brick and Mortar to enhance sunset. Brick and Mortar enhances sunset and will change the color of water and as you can see, as I paint over, it changes it to a little bit of a warmer color. To get balanced results, I will paint all the areas and go ahead and paint the grass area to add a warmer color too.
The next brush we will do will be the water definition brush but we won’t do it on the water but on the mountain part. I click new then go to Out of the Shadows and do water definition. I will make my brush a little small using the ‘Left bracket key’ on the keyboard and as you can see, it gets smaller here and using the Right Bracket key makes it larger. And all I will do is paint over the mountain and as you can see, the kind of details and contrast it gives thus making it pop out. Since the sky is kind of blue and blends with the mountain a little bit, I can click the show selected mask overlay button and that will turn my painting into red and I can see where I am painting. That is a really good trick to do if you are using brushes a lot so you know that you are hitting all the spots you want to color.
As you can see, I messed up a little and all I will do is hold the ALT option key and that will change it into a minus and that will allow me to erase that right away. Next, I will use the gradient filter and this is cool as you can actually use the same brush effect but as a gradient filter. So, I will click the gradient filter button and drag the gradient filter as shown in the video.
I will then change the effects to a Winters Tale Light Golden Sun and this gives the temperature a little bit and gives the photo a really reddish color. The next brush I will do is the Forever Thine Face Whiten Teeth Brush. This may sound weird since this is used for portraits but since these brushes are so diverse, you can actually apply them to many different photos and the effects will mock up very well. So I will go to face whiten teeth and I will make my brush a little larger again. I will paint over the vegetation just to desaturate a little bit and make sure you get the reflection in the water. With this, I will click ‘Done’ and as you can see, the photo looks really good. You can look at the before and after photo and you’ll realize that the before photo looks more like a postcard photo and the after photo has more stylization and looks more like an artistic photo.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to use brushes only to edit your photos and that will give you a good starting point to start using the brushes and also help you on how to use them. You can visit Sleeklens.com for these brushes and many more Lightroom and Photoshop post-production collections.