Using the Brush Controls

Whenever an image is selected and displayed in the Viewer or in Full Screen view, you can retouch it using a brushed adjustment. Most adjustments can be brushed on images. You choose a brush for an adjustment from the adjustment’s Action pop-up menu.

Figure. Brush button and Action pop-up menu for the Highlights & Shadows adjustment.

In addition to brushing standard adjustments, you can also use Quick Brush adjustments that are specifically designed for brushing on images. Quick Brush adjustments are accessible from the Adjustments pop-up menu in the Adjustments inspector and the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, as well as from the Quick Brush pop-up menu in the tool strip.

Figure. Quick Brush pop-up menu in the tool strip.

When you choose to brush an adjustment, its Brush HUD appears. You specify settings using the controls in the HUD and then brush the adjustment on the image.

Figure. Brush HUD for the Highlights & Shadows adjustment.

When you choose a Quick Brush adjustment, its adjustment controls appear highlighted in the Adjustments inspector and the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, if both are shown. As with the standard adjustment controls, you use the checkbox to turn Quick Brush adjustments on and off. For more information, see Turning Adjustments On and Off. Some Quick Brush adjustments also have sliders for changing parameter values after the Quick Brush adjustment has been applied. For more information about adjustment controls, see Using Sliders.

Figure. Dodge adjustment controls in the Adjustments inspector.

For more information about the individual Quick Brush adjustments and how to apply them to an image, see Making Brushed Adjustments.