Working with the Contrast Quick Brush Controls

You use the Contrast Quick Brush adjustment to modify the contrast in the area of the image the adjustment is brushed on.

Figure. Image before and after a Contrast Quick Brush adjustment.
To brush the 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 > Contrast from the Adjustments pop-up menu.

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

    The Contrast Brush HUD appears, and the 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 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 change the contrast.

The contrast is changed in the area of the image where the Contrast Quick Brush adjustment is applied.

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

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

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

The previously applied Contrast adjustment is modified.

Why Not Use the Enhance Adjustment?

You can always brush the entire Enhance adjustment’s parameter settings in to or out of an image. However, brushing the Enhance adjustment on an image applies the Contrast, Definition, Saturation, Vibrancy, and Tint parameter settings. You use the Quick Brush equivalents when you need to apply each of these adjustments in different ways to different parts of the photo.