You need Photoshop to pain specific colors. In Lightroom are you using the adjustment brush, or the healing brush? If you are using the healing brush and the colors are changing, try it with or without healing turned on. If you are using the adjustment brush you can try adjusting the white balance of what it is you are painting.
I ASSUME YOUR ARE USING LIGHTROOM!!!!
In develop mode select PAINT BRUSH (NOT HEAL/SPOT TOOL).
At bottom of paintbrush panel see word COLOR. To FAR right of this click on the box with the X in it.
Color panel will open.Click any where in any color. Holding the cursor down, drag to any place in your image and release the cursor. This will select the color under the cursor at time of release.
Paint where needed. Flow and Density may require attention and you may wish to modify the selected hue.
EASIER TO DO THAN TO DESCRIBE.
The color panel is to pick a color to display the mask of what you are painting. It doesn't actually paint that color on the image. You are essentially painting a develop setting with most of the same sliders you have available in the basic panel. For example, you can brighten an area by brushing a + exposure. There is no way in lightroom to paint a specific color. I hope that helps.
I think the op is talking about the:
Adjustment Brush (K)
at the bottom of the adjustment sliders, below "defringe" is
"Color" and to the right of that a the box that is white with an X through it. When you cliick in that box, a panel/color picker called "Select a Color" pops up and you can choose a color within the box. The color that was picked is shown in the little box to the right of "color" until you change it back to pure white, at which time the X over the box returns. Also the Hue and Saturation values are show at the bottom of the color pick.Those values are scrubby sliders as well.
That color is loaded into the brush and can then painted on the image with the Adjustment Brush tool. At least it works that way for me.
I do not see how that could help the op pick a precise color because in the histogram, color values are show in percentage RGB.
I do not mean to be offensive, M' am, but you are wrong, as the posts from me and from KRSeals would indicate.
I don't know if I will be censored by the moderators, but I could not resist responding.
You can indeed paint a color with the Adjustment Brush (I think Theresa J is wrong in post-1.)
As Vinsolo says- pick a color
Then brush on the image
This is not a 'Mask' in action, but applying color to an image. A great way to mimic the 'old' technique of hand coloring B&W prints.
Click any where (in the color panel ) on any color. Holding the cursor down, drag (the dropper pipette) to any place in your image and release the cursor. This will select the color under the cursor at time of release.
I have found a 'bug' of sorts with LR-6CC: This method does not work ON THE IMAGE when preferences/performance is set to use the GPU. Colors can only be picked from any area OUTSIDE the image boundaries. To be able to select a color ANYWHERE on the monitor screen (including the image) then the "use GPU" function needs to be turned off.
It works as I described for me with LRCC (yosemite), wobertc. Perhaps you could try holding option while selecting in color panel, then drag.
In any case, thank you so much for your comments!!
Vince, you have the correct method, but Maybe its a Windows only "bug".
I just tried again (holding ALT/Option, and GPU 'on' )- the function to pick a color from the image is not possible!
In my screen clip I am trying to select blue from the image, but the color preview spot remains showing white.
Here is result with "Use Graphics Processor" turned OFF.
It is indeed a Wndows bug. The folks at Adobe are fully aware of it and are working on a fix. In the meantme turn Gpu off.
Thanks to all for your input. I am sure Todd does have some good answers to go with "COLOR".
Here's an example of what I'm trying to do: have a portrait and one of the shoulders has a dark area due to sunburn. Here's what I'm experiencing:
-The healing tool has me baffled--attempting a clone on this area takes forever and the cloning goes alternates between the old, undesired color and the new color.
-For cloning/healing I can't get back to the function that let's choose which part of the image you are healing/cloning from--I only get one circle that I can punch a new color into.
-The paintbrush seems completely useless for this task. Matching a color from the color selection is impossible. If I use the paintbrush, it creates some funky dirty blue color on the skin.
So, what would be the best way to fix the problem? All seems really complicated...
Theresa J wrote:
Ken & vinsolo,
You are right. I totally messed that up. Thanks for setting me straight and helping Todd figure it out.
I wouldn't say you totally messed up. The LR Adjustment Brush Color Picker paints a translucent mask over an image area, even when set to 100% saturation (S). If you paint over a very dark area the color will hardly be visible. The PS Brush tool allows painting a 100% saturated color, which can be set to the desired saturation using the brush Opacity slider. The two tools are quite different.
Here's an example of what I'm trying to do: have a portrait and one of the shoulders has a dark area due to sunburn.
Try setting the Basic panel Tone sliders with -Highlights and +Shadows (-50 and +50 should work well) and readjust the Exposure slider as required. This helps to "reveal detail in these areas and should help make the sunburn area look more natural. Next use the Adjustment Brush on the dark sunburn area with +Exposure and/or +Shadows.
If this doesn't work can you post a screenshot of the unadjusted image?
OK, if I change highlights and shadows, it readjusts them for the entire image--is there a way to isolate the sunburned area? If I use the adjustment brush, I'm still getting some odd off-blue color on the skin. Is there an instruction manual for Lightroom? How might I attach the image for you to view? Todd.
The Basic Tone panel controls do adjust the whole image. You adjust these "global" controls first to achieve the best "overall" image toning, including highlight and shadow area detail. Then you can touch-up specific areas with the Local controls (adjustment Brush, etc.).
If I use the adjustment brush, I'm still getting some odd off-blue color on the skin.
If you are seeing an off-blue color in the dark sunburn area with the adjustment brush using Shadows or Exposure it's an indication the image is very under-exposed. You'll need to insert a screenshot or upload the file to Dropbox or other file sharing site and post the "share link" here.
Capture a screenshot of the image in LR without any adjustments and then Paste it into your reply.
Is there an instruction manual for Lightroom?
Here's the main LR Help page: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/topics.html
Here's a link to to the LR 6/CC Reference Manual: https://helpx.adobe.com/pdf/lightroom_reference.pdf