Read up on layer masks in Photoshop or Elements -- you can apply just about any effect to the areas you want with them.
I understand the Photoshop idea of selecting an area and applying a change like vibrancy to this area. It's useful, but the feature I really want is the ability to apply these changes as a brush. It makes it much easier when working with an artistic canvas to just brush casually along some surface and explore whether the area benefits from touchup or needs broad changes. A brush is perfect because you can change small areas and then undo that rapidly to reset and try again. Forcing a selection before applying these changes takes more time and can be very cumbersome when the selection does not apply correctly and you need to undo improper selection areas.
Selections are not Masks. Two different animals. Read up on Layer Masks some more.
A layer mask involves a selection area (at least usually it does). I'm making a feature request for being able to modify a layer - or set up a mask - using a brush tool that applies a set of changes such as vibrancy.
No. No selection needed for Masks' you can paint Masks with a brush, white to reveal, and black to hide.
This is a user forum. There's a separate place to make feature requests.
Note that I do not work for Adobe.
You cannot learn Photoshop from scratch in a forum, question by question.
As I've typed countless times over the years, Photoshop is a professional level application that makes no apologies for its long and steep learning curve.
Your needs far exceed the scope of this forum.
To start learning, take a class in your nearest community college or similar educational institute, watch the Adobe video tutorials on this site, take a subscription to lynda.com, etc. There are many learning tools out there, just Google "learning Photoshop".
Good luck (and, again, please remember this is a user site. I do not work for Adobe).
Is there any way for me to delete the original question? I don't see that option in the forum software.
You cannot delete any post after someone has replied to it.
You can request that a host/moderator delete it if it contains objectionable language, insults or abuse.
adobe camera raw, a part of the photoshop application, will allow you to paint on any area. While not allowing VIBRANCY as such in this brushing mode, it does allow exposure, contrast, saturation, and color selection on the brushed area. It also allows some erasing/addition of brush strokes.
Try it, it won't cost additional money and it may be useful to you.
Long time no see, vinsolo.