We need a reverse brush not just an eraser

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Does Photoshop have a brush that can softly remove a specific color from a photo in a defined area - like a reverse paint brush not just an eraser. Like removing yellow from teeth or changing the tint on skin but only in a specific area. One that you can make hard or soft, big or small, strong or weak so that a color can be removed without affecting the rest of the image. Please! Is there a tool that does this that I am not aware of?
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yes, it's called an adjustment layer with a mask.
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no _ I know that I just wish I had the detail control like a paint brush (I am an old fashioned traditional portraitist) I hate masks although they are definitely useful for broader application. just wanted a fine tool that I don't have to click on and off and can apply only by 10% in strokes and then move over and apply (or rather remove) a stroke of 7% etc.
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sounds like a layer mask to me.
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You know how you can take a tool and say in Illustrator use the one tool to add a point - then hold alt and it makes it negative - deleting a point. Well I want a paint brush that I can paint both + and - by simply holding alt while using the brush and painting. Hope that is more clear.
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The simplicity of it is so logical
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Paula Rondeau

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-only + is adding color - is removing the color you have chosen in the pallet
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Paula Rondeau

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I can hear you now "that's what edit undo is for" no - wont work on old images.
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"removing a color" is a really poorly defined operation, because you have to define what you are removing as well as what color you are removing it from.
That's why adjustment layers and masks are usually the better option.

There are a lot of tutorials on fashion retouching available -- how to whiten teeth and eyes, remove reflected color casts, etc.
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Paula, maybe you haven't fully explored how versatile masks are? Everything you're describing is easily accomplished using adjustment layers and masks with brush flow/opacity.
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Perhaps I haven't but I need a little slack as I am old school (seriously old school) I didn't even know how to type a few years back.
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I want an adjustable brush - just like an eraser but only erases specific controlled colors. I already do it but with combined multiple steps - just wish it were faster
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Maybe like the Background Eraser Tool, which is grouped in the same tool slot as the other eraser tools.

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/usi...
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hmm just got CS6 and CC so I will check it out.
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Try "Color Replacement tool" works like "Background Eraser Tool" and "Brush" together.

http://www.photoshopessentials.com/ph...