In this video, photographer Scott Kelby demonstrates how to draw straight lines in Lightroom with the adjustment brush tool in 60 seconds. Scott has more of these lightroom killer tips. It’s a technique I use all the time, here’s a worked example where I add sun rays to an image.
Adding Sun-Rays in Lightroom with the Adjustment Brush
Step 1: From the Development Module, I selected the Adjustment Brush and set the Temperature Slider to 75, and the Exposure Slider to 2 in order to give a bright yellow brush.
Step 2: At the bottom of the Adjustment Brush menu there is an A and a B brush. I set both the A brush & B to Feather 100 and flow 100. This randomises the edge of our brush strokes, but with a consistent flow. I set the A brush to a size of 0.2 and the B brush to a size of 6.9. As you have probably guessed, the A brush is going to be our sunspot, and the B brush the suns rays, and we are going to paint each individual sun ray onto the image.
Step 3: I selected the A brush and left clicked once where I wanted the sun to appear in the image. You won’t be able to see the result as the brush is really small. I then selected the B brush and by pressing Shift and clicking at the edge of the image, the sunray will increase in width in a straight line from 0.2 to 6.9.
Step 4: I then repeated steps 2 & 3 to create each of the sun rays, but varied the B brush size to give variation in the size of the sunrays.
Step 5: The sunrays were a little harsh. I selected a new B adjustment brush and set the Dehaze to -28 and the brush size to 10. I then painted over the sunrays to soften the edges. The resultant image can be seen in Figure 6 below.
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Specialising in landscape and wildlife photography, David is a semi-professional photographer based in Scotland, with an established fine art and stock photography portfolio; which includes published photography with the New York Post, Huffington Post, as well as various travel and tourism companies worldwide.