History Brush Tool Project

History Brush Tool Project Part One

What is the History Brush Tool and why use it? The History Brush Tool selectively restores color and saturation in your image. It can also make your image pop.


When you are working on a project in Photoshop with the History Tool, make a copy of the original layer.  You can do this by double clicking on the background layer and pressing OK (refer to the Photoshop Silhouette Project).  You then copy the layer and begin to edit it that way (OR press Commend J).  Add a new layer for each effect you choose to do, but remember to copy the original layer.

If you have already started your project and forgot to add a new layer go to File—>Save As—>Rename the file

  • Go to File—>Open—>Open original file
  • Select—>Select All—>Edit—>Copy
  • Go to your renamed file (the one you were currently working on)
  • Add a new layer and then Edit—>Paste
  • Drag the current layer under the edited layer
  • Download this image and open it up in Photoshop
  • DSC_0326.1
  • Go to Image—>Adjustments—>Desaturate
  • desaturate
  • Your image should look like this:
  • desaturated image
  • Make sure the box next to Open in your History window has the brush icon next to it
  • Screen shot 2012-12-13 at 8.26.21 AM
  • Use the lasso tool or magic wand tool to select the houseboat.  If you use the magic wand, you may need to adjust the tolerance.  The tolerance setting allows you to specify the amount of similar pixels to be selected.
  • magic wand tolerance
  • Select the History Brush Tool (Y)
  • history brush
  • Change the opacity and choose your brush
  • history brush opacity
  • Paint over the selection
  • history brush selection filled
  • Deselect
  • Go to File—>Save As
  • Change the format to JPEG and upload it to your blog.  Write a brief description on this project.

Select one of these photos and open it in Photoshop history brush2 history brush1 history brush Use the History Brush to replace color in the leaves/branches/petals.  When you are finished, upload it to your blog and write a brief description.