The new Smart Brush tool works the way brushes should. In a nutshell, you pick an effect you want to paint on to the photo. This can be making something brighter, darker, or even more colorful. Then you simply click and paint on the photo just like you would with a brush. Elements takes care of the rest and even restricts your brush strokes to similarly-colored or toned areas. It's way cool stuff, so make sure you check out this video on how to use Elements 7’s New Smart Brush to see it in action.
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