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I just downloaded the paid upgrade from lightroom 3 to lightroom 4 and my adjustment brush won't work at all.

The O key shortcut toggles an overlay colour, which will tell you whether you are successfully painting "mask" or not. If set to Erase, or otherwise zeroed as Hal P Anderson says, nothing will happen regardless of the strength of the selected adjustment. The adjustments themselves can be changed before you start painting, during or after.

If you don't see the individual adjustment sliders, note that the brush panel has an expanded and a collapsed mode, controlled by a small arrow at the right hand end of the "Effect" line.

Besides the mask overlay, the adjustment sliders can also be used to set a deliberately extreme adjustment so you can see what you are doing, and then you can tone that down to taste afterward. Dragging on the "pin" to right and left sides respectively, exaggerates or mutes all of the sliders - moves them proportionally further away from, or toward, their zero points.

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Adjustment brush won't work.

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I just downloaded the paid upgrade from lightroom 3 to lightroom 4 and my adjustment brush won't work at all.

The O key shortcut toggles an overlay colour, which will tell you whether you are successfully painting "mask" or not. If set to Erase, or otherwise zeroed as Hal P Anderson says, nothing will happen regardless of the strength of the selected adjustment. The adjustments themselves can be changed before you start painting, during or after.

If you don't see the individual adjustment sliders, note that the brush panel has an expanded and a collapsed mode, controlled by a small arrow at the right hand end of the "Effect" line.

Besides the mask overlay, the adjustment sliders can also be used to set a deliberately extreme adjustment so you can see what you are doing, and then you can tone that down to taste afterward. Dragging on the "pin" to right and left sides respectively, exaggerates or mutes all of the sliders - moves them proportionally further away from, or toward, their zero points.

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So, what is the problem that you're seeing? We need a much better description if we are going to be able to help.

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I just bought lightroom 4 when I try to adjust any settings on the adjustment brush (to edit a specific area) it will not make the changes at all. For example if i wanted to change the contrast on someones eyes, or dodge a specific area. It will not do anything. I also tried downloading the trial version it does not work either.

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If any of Size, Flow, or Density is set to zero, you won't see any effect. Could that be your problem?

Hal

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That solved my problem.  Thanks

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The O key shortcut toggles an overlay colour, which will tell you whether you are successfully painting "mask" or not. If set to Erase, or otherwise zeroed as Hal P Anderson says, nothing will happen regardless of the strength of the selected adjustment. The adjustments themselves can be changed before you start painting, during or after.

If you don't see the individual adjustment sliders, note that the brush panel has an expanded and a collapsed mode, controlled by a small arrow at the right hand end of the "Effect" line.

Besides the mask overlay, the adjustment sliders can also be used to set a deliberately extreme adjustment so you can see what you are doing, and then you can tone that down to taste afterward. Dragging on the "pin" to right and left sides respectively, exaggerates or mutes all of the sliders - moves them proportionally further away from, or toward, their zero points.

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My adjustment brush won't work either. The red mask that shows the affected area is VERY faint. Even when I repeatedly go over the area. I've tested it with all kinds of different adjustment options, and all levels of intensity. Changes are hardly noticable, no matter what I try.

Density is 100, Flow is 30, and size is well over 0 (but obviously changes based on which kind of adjustment I'm trying).

I installed an update to LR4.1 last night, it would seem this is glitch in the update? Is there any way to revert back to the version I had?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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DuVal86 wrote:

Density is 100, Flow is 30, and size is well over 0 (but obviously changes based on which kind of adjustment I'm trying).

Turn up flow

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Thank you Victoria!! This helped solved my problem!!!

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I'm also having this problem,  but none of the above steps are working.   Lightroom CC

My adjustment brush was working fine, I took a break, and when I came back the brush won't do anything. The pin appears but the image doesn't change. I've tried adjusting size, feather, and flow all over the scale, and I've pushed the exposure down as far as it will go so I can see if anything happens. None of the regular exposure, highlight, shadow... settings are doing anything. It is showing up in the history bar

I have tried closing and reopening the program and computer

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Is it possible you're using the new Brush option available within either graduated filter adjustment tools?

image1.JPG

Check which tool is highlighted... in the picture above, Ive chosen graduated filter but you can see there is the word "brush" below.

If you press 'K' whilst in the develop module, it should take you to the correct brush tool.

HTH

R.

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Is just happened to me. Thank you marinepix.

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What about if the word "brush" isn't even there? Ok having issues with my editing showing up and after looking at this picture, I see it's not even there!

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Post a screenshot of what you see.

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The Brush to modify the Gradient Tool adjustment was introduced in LR version 6.0

Which LR number version are you using?

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 10.0, Photoshop 22.0, Lightroom 4.0, Windows-10. Nikon DSLR.

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I’m having trouble with my adjustment brush. I select an area and it masks the area in red, but when I dgo to adjust the sliders, it affects the whole image and not the areas that I selected to adjust. What am I doing wrong? i am trying to adjust skin tones.

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You can only adjust the sliders that are in the Brush panel immediately below the tool when the tool is active.

You are possibly adjusting sliders in the Basic Panel, that appears further down the panels on the right. (scroll up?)

In the Brush panel There is also a small black triangle on the same line as the word- [Effect: ] clicking this triangle will collapse all the Brush sliders down to one slider called "Amount".  The "Amount" slider can vary the opacity or effect of ALL the combined Brush sliders that you may have adjusted.

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 10.0, Photoshop 22.0, Lightroom 4.0, Windows-10. Nikon DSLR.

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