Working with the Vibrancy Quick Brush Controls

You use the Vibrancy Quick Brush adjustment to add saturation to desaturated colors only in the area of the image the adjustment is brushed on. Skin tones are not affected.

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

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

    The Vibrancy Brush HUD appears, and the Vibrancy 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 Vibrancy 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 saturation to desaturated colors only.

The saturation of the desaturated colors is changed in the area of the image where the Vibrancy Quick Brush adjustment is applied.

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

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

The previously applied Vibrancy 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.