Working with the Burn Quick Brush Controls

You use the Burn Quick Brush adjustment to darken the area of the image the adjustment is brushed on. For example, if you want to obscure a visual element in the shadows of the image without using the Levels or Curves adjustment to crush the blacks (changing the tonality of all shadows in the image), you use the Burn Quick Brush adjustment.

For more information about Curves adjustments, see Working with the Curves Controls. For more information about Levels adjustments, see Working with the Levels Controls.

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

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

    The Burn Brush HUD appears, and the Burn 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 Burn 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 you want to darken.

The image appears darker where the Burn Quick Brush adjustment is applied.

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

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

The previously applied Burn adjustment is modified.