Working with the Polarize Quick Brush Controls

You use the Polarize Quick Brush adjustment to deepen colors in the image by specifically darkening the shadows and midtones without affecting the black and white points in the area of the image the adjustment is brushed on. The Polarize Quick Brush adjustment creates an effect similar to a polarizing filter by using a Multiply blend.

Figure. Image before and after a Polarize Quick Brush adjustment.
To brush the Polarize adjustment on an image
  1. Select an image.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • In the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, choose Quick Brushes > Polarize (Multiply) from the Adjustments pop-up menu.

    • In the tool strip, choose Polarize (Multiply) from the Quick Brush pop-up menu (with a brush icon).

    The Polarize Brush HUD appears, and the Polarize adjustment controls appear in the Adjustments inspector and the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, if both are shown.

  3. Specify the brush stroke settings using the controls in the Polarize Brush HUD.

    For more information about the controls in the Brush HUD, see Controls in the Brush HUD. For more information about applying brush strokes to an image, see Working with Brushes.

  4. Brush the adjustment on the area of the image that contains shadows and midtones you want to add contrast to.

Additional contrast appears in the shadows and midtones of the image in the areas where the Polarize Quick Brush adjustment is applied.

To modify the Polarize adjustment after it has been applied to an image
  1. Select an image with the Polarize adjustment applied to it.

  2. In the Polarize area of the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, modify the Polarize adjustment by specifying the amount of the adjustment you want to apply to the image using the Intensity slider and value slider.

    Figure. Controls in the Polarize area of the Adjustments inspector.

The previously applied Polarize adjustment is modified.