Hello, and welcome to Paint Shop Basics episode 29 Today we’ll be covering the Lighten/Darken tool You might notice my interface has changed a little. I’m currently using version 13 of PSP If you want to try it out, get
the trial. Always get the trial. Since most of the tools are still exactly the same The lighten/darken tool can be found under the paintbrush. If you don’t see this gradient bar then click on this arrow Select light/darken from the top of the list You can also just hit the “L” key. Okay, the light/darken tool is pretty straight forward Using a brush it can be used to lighten/darken an area
of an image. There are three main settings that determine
how this brush works. There’s the step, the Opacity, and the Mode. I want to get to get into all three of these really really quick. First thing I want to go through are the buttons. Use Left Mouse Button to Lighten
Use Right Mouse Button to Darken It’s closer to adding white or black than anything else. You can’t darken a portion that you’ve
lightened with the brush. Another quick thing is that you can swap those
buttons. Just click the “Swap mouse buttons” checkbox. Brush strokes with this brush
actually build up over time Watch how it starts up
and just builds up slowly And that’s just a single stroke.
It’s not multiple strokes. Now you can build up over multiple strokes.
much and it’s like erasing to white. The maximum amount that a stroke can get
is up to your opacity setting. So we don’t start off at 80% opacity
We actually start a lot lighter and it builds up to whatever
your opacity setting is. Your “step” setting determines how quickly
the brush stroke builds up. With a step of 54 there’s very light
very slow build-up. Whereas if I have it at 5
There’s a very quick build-up So step is very important in determining
how quickly the opacity setting is reached. Now the recommended setting for “step”
is a setting of 10. Next is our Mode setting.
Mode has two options. Lightness and
RGB I’m going to make an assumption here
because I couldn’t find specifics on it Lightness refers to the Lightness setting
in Hue/Saturation/Lightness values And that RGB refers to
Red/Green/Blue values Now, Lighten mode is a very severe effect
It’s very strong right off the bat. Now using these same settings with RGB
Take a look at what happens. You notice a much softer effect
by comparison Yes, it’s lightening things but
it’s not as strong as the lighten mode So lightness is very big in your face
and if you want a gradual effect It’s pretty simple, very straight forward
and it’s a great tool for controlled lightening and darkening
of areas in your image. The next two tools we’ll be covering
the Dodge and Burn tools Also allow you to lighten and darken
the image with more control.