Adjustment Brush locked 2022.1
I have a RAW image in a Smart Album. I created a version to convert to B&W. I do that. I wanted to darken only the water in the pool at the bottom. I use the Adjustment Brush successfully. I then wanted to use the Adjustment Gradient. I do that and use the sliders. I changes only where the Adjustment Brush just was. Frustrated, I give up. I go back to the main sliders. I use the Structure slider for the rocks. Nope. Only where I used the Adjustment Brush does it change. I can't deactivate the Adjustment Brush. What is going on? I have not been able to effectively use ON1 since I downloaded and bought it. So many issues like this. I can't get a rhythm together to process my pictures. Does ON1 run on a Mac mini using Monterey? I've heard it's an issue.
To answer you last question first, yes, Photo RAW works just fine on an M1 Mac mini running Monterey. It's what I'm using.
When you mix a brushed mask with one that is generated by the program you get mixed results depending upon the order in which you apply the different types of masks. I cannot tell from your description if the gradient you applied was protecting the part of the image where you did the brushing or if it was allowing that area to remain visible. Some screenshots showing us exactly what you are doing would be very helpful. You might have better luck by applying the Masking Bug first, then brushing in any additional masking you might need.
Photo RAW is a complex program and it takes a while to learn how to use it effectively. You've had the program for less than 1 month. Don't get frustrated and give up. Have you downloaded and read the User Guide yet? It's amazing how much you can learn about a program by reading the manual.
What about the tons of videos that the company has produced and made available both here on on YouTube. Have you watched any of them on how to use the masking tools in the program? There are even more on YouTube by other producers that are quite excellent too.0
I agree with Brian, we need to see a screenshot however I can see how a gradient might not be intuitive with a Local adjustment.
The mask for a Local adjustment defaults to black which means that you need to paint the Local Adjustment in. If you then drop a gradient on the image, most of the mask is already black so the gradient will only affect the white part which is where you've already brushed. This fits with your description.
If you tell us what you WANT to do, we can tell you how to do it. To me, it sounds like you simply need to use two local Adjustments.1
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