by Julieanne Kost

 Comments (4)


July 12, 2011

Here are the shortcuts for the Adjustment Brush:

• Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + “[“ or “]” increases/decreases brush size. Adding the Shift key increases/decreases feather (softness of the edge)

• 1-9 sets the Flow amount . Use 0 for 100%

•  “A” toggles Auto Mask on/off.

•  Option (Mac) / Alt (Win)  toggles Adjustment Brush and Eraser tool.

•  “/” (forward slash) toggles between brush A and B.

• Shift -drag constrains Adjustment Brush to a straight line.

• Tap Return to apply the brush and begin painting a new adjustment

•  “O” Show/Hide Mask Overlay, Shift + O cycles Mask Overlay colors.

•  “H” Hide/Show Pins.

And don’t forget, after choosing settings for a brush, you can save your new settings as a preset. To save a preset, at the top of the Adjustment Brush panel, click on the name of the currently selected preset (to the right of the word Effect) and  choose Save Current Settings As New Preset form the drop down list.



  • By rob Davidson - 8:02 AM on July 12, 2011  

    can anyone explain the difference between the flow & density sliders?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 2:42 PM on July 18, 2011  

      The Flow sets the amount and speed at which an adjustment is applies , the Density caps the amount of change that can be made (even with multiple strokes). Try loading the brush with a huge adjustment (like +2 exposure) and then paint with different Flow and Density setting to see the difference.

  • By Akos - 9:36 PM on November 22, 2012  

    Hi Julieanne,

    Do you know how to drag a highly zoomed picture without leaving the actual brush mask?


    • By Julieanne Kost - 12:42 PM on November 25, 2012  

      Holding down the spacebar will temporarily give you the Hand too. Click-drag with the Hand tool to reposition the portion of the image that you want visible.