Fix Any Photo Using Local Adjustments

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Quickly fix and enhance any photo using local adjustment layers inside of ON1 Photo RAW. Local adjustments are a great tool to use when you’re looking to apply edits to particular areas on your photo. They are non-destructive and allow you to manipulate, fix, and enhance any specific area on your shot. They are great for subduing distractions or adding in areas of exposure and detail. You can use your local adjustment brush or gradient to apply styles to different areas. Once you’ve applied a local adjustment you can always go back and readjust those controls later.

12 comments on “Fix Any Photo Using Local Adjustments”

  1. On August 27, 2018 at 9:50 pm marc labro wrote:

    very nice tuto !
    I like the way you use gradients.

    Coming from lightroom I am always surprised when you use a local adjustment with a white mask which applies globally ! in my mind local always applies to a brush or a gradient.


    1. On September 7, 2018 at 11:11 am Eric replied:

      In Lightroom you effectively start with a black mask and brush on the white/reveal. In ON1 you have the choice. You can start with a white mask or invert it and start with a black mask. Best of both worlds!

  2. On August 30, 2018 at 3:04 am James Whyte wrote:

    Excellent tutorial on the use of the local adjustment layers, now to experiment with my own photos. Thanks.

  3. On September 7, 2018 at 7:20 am Bryan Stern wrote:

    Man. There is so much to learn. Wonderful tutorial. I learned a great deal. Even though I use every tool in the video, I never would have thought to apply them as fantastically and creatively as you did. Much thanks.

  4. On September 7, 2018 at 7:38 am Robert GLOD wrote:

    Hi Dylan,

    Thanks for this video.

    I noticed that you cannot recover highlights with local adjustments, if they are blown out in global adjustment. That’s what will happen if you adjust the exposure of a dark (high contrast) picture at your taste, you will be unable to recover the highlights (sky for example)!! This is a no go, and should not happen!

    1. On September 7, 2018 at 9:33 pm Sandra Chung replied:

      Start in Develop module first, adjust your whites and highlights. Then click over to Local Adjustments.

      You also can, using the Perfect Brush, mask an area that is too bright, and adjust both Highlights and Exposure and Structure.


      1. On September 10, 2018 at 2:10 am Robert GLOD replied:

        Thank you Sandra,

        Yes, there are workarounds, but the the problem exists!

        You have to be careful all the time not to fall into this trap. This should not be the case. You should be able to focus on your work (development), not on software gaps.…n-develop/

  5. On September 7, 2018 at 9:25 pm Sandra Chung wrote:

    The local adjustment brushes is the reason I am building another computer for my husband, as his computer is rather old, so it stutters and stalls when using Adjustment brushes. Even though I show him how quick and easy it is to use Adjustment Brushes (I edited a photo in about 2 minutes, took longer explaining what I was doing and why, than it did to do the layer edits!), he balks at trying something new. :) I’ll convince him.

  6. On October 23, 2018 at 6:38 pm Sharine Borslien wrote:

    Dylan, this was a very informative video. I like how you only used the Local Adjustment tool and and focused in on the many things it can do to enhance photos! I will begin using this more and more! Thank you!

  7. On January 1, 2019 at 11:18 am jesse111 wrote:

    Excellent, to the point, tutorial. Best I’ve seen for local adjustment layers. Thanks. Coming back to ON1 after Adobe’s ridiculous subscription fiasco. I love the improvements. Here to stay.

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