We do a lot of screen shots here at Lightroom Fanatic and, while I crop the images to narrow in on a particular part of the screen, it would be nice to highlight a specific control or tool. There are plenty of ways to add annotations to images using other software, but I didn’t want to add another piece of software to my workflow, so I set about finding a way of annotating images inside of Lightroom.
The Adjustment Brush includes a Color effect that allows us to paint over an image. While there is a limitation on the opacity of the effect, it’s strong enough for a quick and easy annotation.
To start, in the Develop module select the Adjustment Brush tool (K).
Use the options below to get started:
- Effect: Color
- Color:Select the color that you want to paint with.
- Size: Typically, a value less than 1 is ideal. The thinner the brush, the easier it will be to control the level of detail. A thicker brush will make it harder to define more detailed shapes.
- Feather: 0
- Flow: 100
- Density: 100
With your brush ready, simply paint in the annotation.
You can also use brush to draw in highlighting.
Simple. It’s not as robust as some of the other tools out there, but for me the greatest benefit to using the adjustment brush is that I don’t have to leave Lightroom, and it’s functional.
There are a number of other ways to apply this technique, including an easy way to sign your images!