The adjustment brush tool in Lightroom allows you to do localized adjustments to your image. Because the changes you make to an image are non-destructive, Lightroom allows you to go back and tweak any of those adjustments. Missed a spot painting in an exposure change? An easy fix! Boosted the saturation in that flower too much? No problem! Lightroom marks each of the adjustment brush changes you have made to an image with a little circular pin. Simply select the pin for the adjustment that you want to correct and make the change!
Show me the pins!
To see your adjustment pins, you need to have the adjustment brush selected. In the Develop module, click on the Adjustment Brush icon or press K. You should see the adjustment bush panel underneath the histogram.
With the adjustment brush tool enabled, you should see adjustment pins, those little gray circles, on your image. Each pin represents a previous adjustment brush applied to your image.
Pins? I don’t see any stinkin’ adjustment pins!
A common problem that seems to come up is missing adjustment pins. This can be caused by a number of things. The first, of course, is that you might be looking at an image that does not have any adjustment brushes applied to it, in which case none of the following suggestions are going to help. But you can test your image by applying a quick adjustment brush change to your image to see if you see a pin. Assuming you do have local adjustments made to an image and you’re still not seeing pins, here are a few things to try.
First, make sure you have the adjustment brush tool selected. No matter what, the pins will only show up when the tool is selected.
Next, try hovering over your image with the adjustment brush. One of the tool overlay options is Auto Show, which causes the pins to only show up when your mouse pointer is over the image and not, say, over the filmstrip.
If you are still not seeing your adjustment pins, it’s time to check your Tool Overlay setting, which you can find by navigating to the Tools menu. Again, make sure the Adjustment Brush tool is enabled, and check the setting under Tool Overlay. If you are missing your pins, it is possible that Never Show or Show Selected is selected. Change it to Always Show (⇧⌘H) or Auto Show.
You can also change this setting by using the Toolbar. “What toolbar?”, you ask. The toolbar that comes along with all of your tools, of course. If you asked the question, it’s likely that you have your toolbar turned off. Again, with the adjustment brush activated, press T, or navigate to View > Show Toolbar.
With the option enabled, you’ll see a fancy toolbar appear underneath your image.
Simply change the option to Auto or Always and you’re in business!
The adjustment brush pins provide the access point for tweaking or deleting localized changes made with the adjustment brush tool in Lightroom. Hopefully, now you can find them!
Check out the video version of this tutorial below!