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« on: April 20, 2007, 13:27 »
Okay, I am going to reveal the full extent of my Photoshop-ignorance but so be it - I need help  ???

My work flow is pretty basic: I used adjustment layers to adjust levels, curves and occasionally color balance and saturation.  For isolated objects I sometimes use a brightness layer, crank the brightness way up to get a nice white background, then fill with black and use the brush tool to reveal the brightend areas where desired.
At least that's how I did it until this morning when all of a sudden the brush tool won't work to reveal the brightend areas anymore.  I must have something stupid  (the layer isn't locked) but I have absolutely no idea what it might be.
I guess I better invest in a photoshop class but until such time - anybody any ideas what to do?  I need to keep uploading on shutterstock - it's just way too much fun to see the sales roll in to stop!

Thanks everybody,


« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2007, 14:17 »
Let me see if I'm understanding you correctly.  You edit your photos using layers in Photoshop.  You isolate your images sometimes by creating a mask by using a layer were you use the brush tool to reveal brightened areas in your photo that you desire.  Are you sure you don't mean the eraser tool? Now your brush tool isn't working.

You may not have the layer your working on selected. This is indicated when you see the "eye" icon to the left of the layer.  A simple oversite like that can prevent a tool from working.

Hope this helps!

« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2007, 14:24 »
Duplicate the original layer  , brighten your background to what you like , add a layer mask to new layer. Check the  OPACITY  of your brush and the color you paint with ( black ) and it should be fine.

« Last Edit: April 20, 2007, 14:25 by Lizard »

« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2007, 15:16 »
yeah, echo what lizard said - make sure you are brushing with the right color (black or white)

black creates a mask (takes away that layer) white takes away the mask.


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