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Participant ,
Nov 18, 2023 Nov 18, 2023

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To be honest, I haven't used Lightroom classic for editing photos for quite some time.  I still use it to store & rename photos.  The things I used most often in editing was the brush to add/reduce saturation to teeth, adjust whiteness in eyes, reduce bags under eyes & add punch to lips.  Today, I found these adjustments were undoable.  What has happened to LrC?  I've been a user since LR first came on the market.  I'd sure hate it to have to say goodbye.  Is there a simple 'HOW TO' availalbe?

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LEGEND ,
Nov 18, 2023 Nov 18, 2023

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Ohh, you have a lot to catch up on. The brushes you are missing are used within the masking.

 

Read up on masking, a.k.a local edits.

 

 

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Nov 19, 2023 Nov 19, 2023

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Today, I found these adjustments were undoable.  What has happened to LrC?

By @Tape99

 

By “undoable,” did you mean “unavailable?”

 

First, what you are describing are adjustment presets, which means they are saved combinations of adjustment settings. So if a preset you like was ever missing, it would be easy to re-create it by setting the adjustment options the way you want and saving that as a preset for future use.

 

On my copy of Lightroom Classic 13, those presets are still available. If you haven’t used Lightroom Classic in a while, what happened is that a few versions ago, the old Local Adjustments were upgraded to Masked Adjustments, which are significantly more powerful. In the demo below, you see that the old defaults are still there in the presets menu you might recognize, with some new ones. I’ve also created my own masked adjustment presets, but I removed them so that you see only the default presets that you would have in your copy.

 

The other thing you see in the demo below is that you might save a lot of time using the new masks, because they include AI masks that can do things like automatically select people and pick out body features for you. If you want, you can still manually brush eyes, lips, etc, using the old Brush adjustment, but if the new AI masks work for you, you can save all of that work: Select body features in one click each, select the masked adjustment preset to apply, and you are done.

 

If you want to learn more, there are many videos on YouTube demonstrating these new masked adjustment techniques. The new masked adjustments are so incredibly powerful and efficient that most Lightroom users would never go back to the old way.

 

(Sorry about the image quality on the demo, the original looks better but the Adobe forum software is not kind to GIF animations)

 

Lightroom Classic local adjustments.gif

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