Local Adjustments are one of the tools in the “Basic Tools” palette. They can be identified individually in the viewer and in the palette.

Practising the Local Adjustments

Only one mask is active at a time. Its name appears in the Local Settings palette and it is indicated in the main window (viewer) by its indicator.

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Resume of a corrected photo.
– Start the Local Adjustments tool (a)
Click on the marker of an existing Local Adjustment to reactivate it (b)
> in order to resume the area-s to be edited (c)
> in order to modify the correction with the equalizer

– Click on its marker deactivates the Local Adjustment, the marker is dimmed (d)
> It is then possible to create a new Local Adjustment (e)
– Complete the area to be corrected with precision
– Define several areas that need the same correction

The behavior of PhotoLab depends on the match between the current Local Adjustment type and the one selected in the radial menu.
* The types of Local Adjustment are identical (*) :
– The Local Adjustment is completed with a new area
* The types are different:
– A new Local Adjustment is created

(*) Except:
* The Control Line and Control Point masks can complement each other
* The Radial Filter mask can be completed with the brush

Local Adjustement Palette

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Local parameters are displayed in the order in which they were created. Renaming them has no influence.
AView the effect of all Local Adjustments (like any other correction) (a)
B- Activate – Desactivate the Local Adjustments
tool (b)

Easily locate each Local Control when the tool (step B) is activated.
Position the mouse cursor to locate the Local Control (c)
– Click to activate the Local Control
Modify the mask and/or the correction
– Change the opacity of each Local Adjustment independently
– Duplicate, Invert OR Delete the Local Adjustment

Control the correction of the Local Adjustments when tool (B) is disabled.
– Change the opacity of each Local Adjustment independently
Show – Hide each Local Control (shift+ H) (d)
Reverse the area of influence of the current Local Control (shift+ I)
Delete the Local Control (DEL)

Local parameters are displayed in the order in which they were created. Renaming them has no influence.

Duplicating (shift+D) a Local Adjustment is of little interest since it allows you to create complex masks and/or to accumulate correction settings.

It is advantageous to immediately reverse the Local Adjustment in order to make a different correction on the rest of the image.
The illustration shows a first Local Adjustment on the character which is duplicated and then reversed to correct the rest of the image.

When reversing (shift+ I) the Local Adjustment, it is still possible to modify, move or delete each mask.
lthe behavior of the tools is reversed
With the Control Line and the Control Point, adding a mask is impossible.
– Reverse the mask to add a control or protection point

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The illustration shows an image that is deliberately overexposed (exposed on the right) to preserve details in the dark parts at the limits of clipping.
– Create a Local Adjustment on the cottage and reverse it
> By decreasing the exposure on the mask, it is in fact the whole landscape that is darkened

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