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A "Spotlight" in Aperture

A few months ago, I got a subtle dent in the side of my car - so subtle I was having trouble capturing it in a picture. Finally, I got something that showed the disruption in the line of the car body. But I wanted to highlight it in the photo. Using a Burn adjustment in Aperture, I was able to make a "spotlight" on the dent in the photo.

Apply 'Burn' to the entire photo, then brush away a portion with a hard-edged brush

Apply 'Burn' to the entire photo, then brush away a portion with a hard-edged brush

The technique is simple. Apply a Burn adjustment to the entire photo. Then, using a hard-edged brush (zero softness), brush away the area of utmost interest.

I don't expect this is a technique I'll commonly use (except for those Sasquatch sightings I've got :), but a handy trick to have in the bag.