Apr 06, 2017

How to Use Graduated + Radial Filters in Lightroom

How to Use Graduated and Radial Filters in Lightroom

Lightroom is a great tool for organizing and editing your images. Basic controls like exposure and white balance make changes to your entire image.

What if you only want to make changes to part of your photo?

Graduated and Radial Filters to the rescue! Learn how to use both in this free tutorial.

How to Use Graduated Filters

To create a Graduated Filter, first click on the Develop Module and click on the grey rectangle on the top of the right side bar. This will bring up the controls for the Graduated Filter.

To apply a Graduated Filter on your image, click and drag across your photo. To move the Graduated Filter, click the center circle and drag it to the desired location.

Click and drag the outside lines to define the feathering of the Graduated filter, and rotate the center line to rotate the entire Graduated Filter.

Once creating the filter, adjust the settings in the right sidebar. The changes you make will only appear in the filter.

How to Use Radial Filters

The Radial Filter is located to the right of the Graduated Filter and looks like a circe. Create and alter the Radial Filter the same way as the Gradual Filter.

By default, the filter will effect everything outside of the Radial Area, click on ‘Invert Mask’ on the bottom of the Radial Filter dialog to effect the space inside the Radial Area.

Add or subtract from the mask by clicking on the ‘Brush’ option in the Masking section on the top of the filter. Paint areas to include them in the effected areas. To remove areas, hold ALT/OPTN and paint over parts of the photo.

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  • user image

    Thank you so much for this video. I always learn so much from you. I would love to see a video on noise. I’m currently using this Sony a 6000 for some of my photo shoots and there is always a noise issue.

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    Bill Ziady

    Aaron, no matter how long I’ve been using a particular tool or effect in Lightroom or Photoshop, I always learn something new when I watch your tutorials!

    Thank you

  • user image

    Thanks for another great tutorial Aaron! Oh, maybe on the next Lightroom tutorial mention the O key for making the masked area visible, O again to hide it. Sometimes I just need to see it while subtracting or adding to it.

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    Duncan Cubitt

    Good work as usual Aron . I’ve use Lightroom from its launch date way back, it’s a fine product for snappers. Obviously not in the same area as Photoshop but that’s a product for the creative industry rather than just photogs.

  • user image

    As usual great tut. When is the tutorial coming for the original image. Was it a composite, few images etc

  • info764

    Here is my edit. Many Thanx 4 your PS Tuts.
    U are the PS Master. 😉
    Have nice weekend.
    Greetings from Germany.

    Photoshop Tutorials: How to Use Graduated + Radial Filters in Lightroom

  • KIenneth

    I never knew that the brush tool could be used to subtract from a selection. Great. This tutorial is an example why I go Photoshop 101 – 3-01. it would help though if you would say exactly where to click rather than use “this” or “here> It is clearer if you say “Click on the center dot” or”click on the center line” or “click on the bottom line.” i have a hard time seeing where you are clicking. I will continue to follow you and buy your products.