Brushing Adjustments In

When you want to apply an adjustment to a small portion of an image, you can specify the adjustment parameter settings and then brush the adjustment in.

Figure. Image showing a circular overlay with a plus sign indicating the position of the brush and that the adjustment is being brushed in.
To brush an adjustment in
  1. Select an image.

  2. If the adjustment you want to apply to the image is not shown in the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, choose the adjustment from the Adjustments pop-up menu.

    Note: The Red Eye Correction, Spot & Patch, Straighten, Crop, Flip, White Balance, and Exposure adjustments cannot be brushed on images.

  3. Specify parameter settings for the adjustment while viewing the effect on the image.

  4. When the area of the image you want to adjust has the correct appearance, choose “Brush [adjustment] in” from the adjustment’s Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon).

    Figure. Action pop-up menu in the Enhance area of the Adjustments inspector.

    The pointer turns into a brush, and the Brush HUD for the adjustment appears. The adjustment is also removed from the image.

  5. In the Brush HUD, specify the following settings:

    • To adjust the size of the brush: Drag the Brush Size slider to the left to decrease the diameter of the brush, or drag the slider to the right to increase the diameter. You can also enter a value in the Brush Size value slider.

      Tip: Use the scroll wheel on your mouse or two fingers on your trackpad to quickly resize the brush as you work.

    • To adjust the softness of the brush: Drag the Softness slider to the left to decrease the softness of the brush, or drag the slider to the right to increase the softness. You can also enter a value in the Softness value slider.
    • To adjust the intensity of the brush: Drag the Strength slider to the left to decrease the strength of the brush stroke, or drag the slider to the right to increase the strength. You can also enter a value in the Strength value slider.
    • To specify that the adjustment detect edges in order to preserve detail: Select the Detect Edges checkbox.
      Figure. Controls in the Brush HUD for the Enhance adjustment.

    Note: For additional options, see Working with Brushes.

  6. Brush the adjustment over the areas of the image you want to apply it to.

    Tip: It’s a good idea to regularly zoom in to the image to ensure the brush strokes cover the areas of the image you intended the adjustment to cover.

The adjustment is applied to the portion of the image it was brushed on.

For information about how you can modify the effect of the adjustment after it has been brushed on the image, see Modifying Previously Applied Brush Strokes.