Working with the Definition Quick Brush Controls

You use the Definition Quick Brush adjustment to add clarity and reduce haze without adding too much contrast to the area of the image the adjustment is brushed on.

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

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

    The Definition Brush HUD appears, and the Definition 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 Definition 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 add definition.

Clarity is added and haze is reduced in the area of the image where the Definition Quick Brush adjustment is applied.

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

  2. In the Definition area of the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, modify the Definition adjustment by specifying the following settings:

    • Specify the area over which the Definition adjustment is applied using the Radius slider and value slider.

    • Specify the amount of the Definition adjustment you want to apply to the image using the Intensity slider and value slider.

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

The previously applied Definition 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.