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Soften a specific area of an image

The Soften tool is used to make a specific area of an image softer.


Soften a specific area of an image

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Tools > Retouch > Soften (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • In the Tools sidebar, click or choose if from the grouped tools.
  2. In the Tool Options pane, customize the Soften tool:

    Brush Size: Drag the Brush Size slider to adjust the size of the Soften tool brush. Hold down the Option ⌥ key to extend the range of the Brush Size slider beyond 100%. You can also manually enter a value from 0% to 200%.


    Tip: You can use the [ and ] keys on your keyboard to change the size of the Soften tool brush.

    Softness: Drag the Softness slider to adjust the softness of the edges of the Soften tool brush. With softer edges, the softened areas will usually blend in better with the rest of the image.

    Strength: Drag the Strength slider to adjust the intensity of the softening effect.

  3. Select a tonal range to soften:


    • All — When you brush over an area to soften it, the darkest, brightest, and midtone areas are softened equally.
    • Shadows — When you brush over an area to soften it, only the shadows in that area are softened.

    • Midtones — When you brush over an area to soften it, only the midtones in that area are softened.

    • Highlights — When you brush over an area to soften it, only the highlights in that area are softened.
  4. Brush over the area of your image you’d like to soften.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looked like before you softened anything in it.

Click Reset to discard all the current changes made with the Soften tool.


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