Applying Quick Brush Adjustments

Aperture provides Quick Brush adjustments, such as Dodge, Burn, Halo Reduction, and Skin Smoothing, that have been specifically designed for brushing on images. Using Quick Brush adjustments, you brush the adjustment on the image and then modify the adjustment’s parameter settings.

To apply a Quick Brush adjustment
  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 from the Adjustments pop-up menu, then choose a Quick Brush adjustment from the submenu.

    • Choose a Quick Brush adjustment from the Quick Brush pop-up menu (with a brush icon) in the tool strip.

    • In Full Screen view, choose a Quick Brush adjustment from the Quick Brush pop-up menu in the toolbar.

    The pointer turns into a brush, the Brush HUD for the adjustment appears, and adjustment controls for the adjustment appear in the Adjustments inspector and the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, if both are shown.

    Note: The controls in the Retouch HUD are different from those that appear in the Brush HUD for other brushed adjustments. For more information about the controls in the Retouch HUD, see Working with the Retouch Controls.

  3. 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.
    • 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.

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