Working with the Intensify Contrast Quick Brush Controls

You use the Intensify Contrast Quick Brush adjustment to correct shadow areas of the image that appear washed out by intensifying the contrast between pure black and 50 percent gray in the area of the image the adjustment is brushed on. The Intensify Contrast Quick Brush adjustment is equivalent to applying an Overlay blend.

Figure. Image before and after an Intensify Contrast Quick Brush adjustment.
To brush the Intensify Contrast 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 > Intensify Contrast (Overlay) from the Adjustments pop-up menu.

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

    The Intensify Contrast Brush HUD appears, and the Intensify Contrast 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 Intensify Contrast 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 where you want to intensify contrast in shadows.

Additional contrast appears between pure black and 50 percent gray in the area of the image where the Intensify Contrast Quick Brush adjustment is applied.

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

  2. In the Intensify Contrast area of the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, modify the Intensify Contrast 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 Intensify Contrast area of the Adjustments inspector.

The previously applied Intensify Contrast adjustment is modified.