How to use Adobe Camera Raw for everything: steps 7-12
07 Paint a mask
Grab the Adjustment Brush from the Tools palette and click on the foreground rocks to set a pin. Paint roughly over the foreground, using the ] and [ keys to resize your brush. Hit Y to toggle a view of the mask overlay so that you can see where you’ve painted.
08 Add another pin
The tool will remember the setting input from the Graduated Filter tool in step 6, which is fine for the first adjustment pin. Check New, click to set a second pin and paint a mask over the flowing water. Double-click the sliders to reset, then drag Exposure to +1.00.
09 Lighten the rocks
Hit N and click on the rocks to set a third pin. Set Exposure to +0.55 then paint a mask over the rocks to lighten them. If you need to erase parts of a mask while painting, hold Alt. When you’re happy, hit P to see a before and after preview of your changes.
10 Remove sensor marks
There are a few sensor marks visible, so grab the Spot Removal tool then double-click the Hand tool to zoom to 100%. Set Type to Heal and Opacity to 100. Click and drag over each mark to form a red circle and reposition the green source circle that appears.
11 Crop for print
You can crop for a specific print size using the Crop tool and the Workflow options. Let’s say we’d like a 15×10-inch print. Grab the Crop tool, then right-click and choose Custom. In the Custom Crop box, set Crop to Inches and input 10 by 15. Hit OK.
12 Straighten the horizon
Zoom in close to the horizon, then hold Cmd/Ctrl while using the Crop tool to switch to the Straighten tool. Drag along a line in the image you know to be horizontal (use the waterline). Hit Cmd/Ctrl+0 to zoom out and fine-tune the crop box if necessary.