I was working on some images yesterday when I discovered something about the Adjustment Brush that I never knew before. While burning in an area of the image, I was wishing that I could use the brush for straight lines like I do in Photoshop. If you want to paint a straight line in Photoshop, I simply click with the brush in one spot and then hold down the Shift key and click in another area and Photoshop draws a straight line between the two spots.
Just for kicks I thought I would try it in Lightroom with the Adjustment Brush. Unfortunately it didn’t work. But then I tried another Photoshop trick, which is to hold down the Shift key while drawing to snap the brush to a straight horizontal or vertical line. I’ll be darned if it didn’t work. Granted, it only does you good if the area you are trying to adjust is a straight line that is perfectly angled up/down or left/right but still, I think it’s pretty cool. Now if they would just enable the “paint between the dots” function in version 3, how sweet would that be?
Next time you are working in Lightroom, give it a try. It might just speed up your workflow a little bit.