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The Graduated filter

From: Lightroom 3 New Features

Video: The Graduated filter

In this movie we are going to continue to work on the same image. One of things that I notice with this image is that it will kind of nice to darken the sky a little bit and brighten the foreground. So let's say that I decide to go ahead and increase my overall Exposure and I like that except this guy is just way too bright. Well there is a great tool inside of Lightroom. It's called the Graduated Filter and you can access this tool by clicking on its icon or by pressing the M key. Click on that. That will open up this tool. Now what I am going to do here is decrease my Exposure a little bit and a little bit of Brightness and increase Contrast just a touch and I'll go ahead and click and drag to extend this out.

The Graduated filter

In this movie we are going to continue to work on the same image. One of things that I notice with this image is that it will kind of nice to darken the sky a little bit and brighten the foreground. So let's say that I decide to go ahead and increase my overall Exposure and I like that except this guy is just way too bright. Well there is a great tool inside of Lightroom. It's called the Graduated Filter and you can access this tool by clicking on its icon or by pressing the M key. Click on that. That will open up this tool. Now what I am going to do here is decrease my Exposure a little bit and a little bit of Brightness and increase Contrast just a touch and I'll go ahead and click and drag to extend this out.

Now let's go ahead and decrease the Exposure a little bit more so we can see how this is actually functioning. Well one of the ways that this tool actually works is if you hover over the node, I can click to reposition this. I can click to reposition how that darkening effect is actually taking place. Yet a lot of times like with all of these overlays, they get in the way. What's the shortcut to hide that? Well it's the H key. That toggles that on and off. You can see it's toggling between these different views. We also have an option, as we've seen before, which is Auto. Now Auto is really interesting.

When I hover over the image there it is. I am going to hover off, it disappears, and of course we can always choose Always or only when it's Selected. Now one of things that happens a lot of times is when you make adjustments-- let's go ahead and make a number of different adjustments here-- is that you may want to make adjustment that affects all of these sliders at once. Well before what we could do with the Adjustment Brush was we could click on this node and drag it to the left or the right, but we can't do that here because that simply moves the entire adjustment.

What could we do then? Well, if you hold down the Option key on a Mac, that's the Alt key on a PC, and then you'll notice that when you hover over this the icon changes and if you click and drag to the left, you can see that it's bringing all of my sliders back to the neutral or zero amount. If I click and drag to the right, you can see there's increasing all of those amounts. Well that wraps up our look at the Graduated Filter.

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Lightroom 3 New Features

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  1. 14m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 26s
    2. Comparing Lightroom 2 with Lightroom 3
      12m 27s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 20m 32s
    1. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 54s
    2. Importing photos and movies from a CF card
      6m 31s
    3. Adding and importing photos from a folder
      3m 51s
    4. Synchronizing and finding missing photos
      4m 16s
  3. 34m 46s
    1. Filtering photos
      4m 0s
    2. Working with collections
      5m 1s
    3. Modifying image and thumbnail overlays
      3m 17s
    4. Crop presets and overlays
      5m 43s
    5. Using Auto Sync
      5m 33s
    6. Working with movies
      7m 13s
    7. Using Smart Collections for video files
      2m 10s
    8. Focal length filtering and Smart Collections
      1m 49s
  4. 19m 10s
    1. Setting up Flickr publishing services
      3m 47s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 4s
    3. Publishing to a Flickr Photoset
      3m 56s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 11s
    5. Publishing to a Smart Folder or Smart Photoset
      3m 12s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. How sharpening works in Lightroom 3
      4m 48s
    2. Introducing noise reduction
      4m 45s
    3. Applying sharpening and noise reduction
      8m 23s
    4. Adding a grain effect
      4m 31s
    5. Using the Collections panel
      5m 42s
    6. The Adjustment Brush
      5m 48s
    7. The Graduated filter
      2m 10s
    8. Adding a vignette
      5m 45s
    9. Improvements to the Crop tool
      1m 59s
    10. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 40s
    11. Understanding the Point Tone Curve
      3m 10s
    12. Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
      4m 2s
    13. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 46s
    14. Enhancing images with Lens Correction
      3m 6s
  6. 5m 16s
    1. Adding audio to a slideshow
      5m 16s
  7. 11m 13s
    1. Introducing the custom print package
      3m 42s
    2. Working with the custom print package
      7m 31s
  8. 8m 46s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      2m 12s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      6m 34s
  9. 7m 41s
    1. Optimizing and backing up a catalog
      2m 49s
    2. Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs
      2m 13s
    3. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      2m 39s
  10. 27m 21s
    1. New presets in the Develop, Web, and Print modules
      3m 26s
    2. Importing and working with CMYK images
      5m 55s
    3. Bonus workflow tips
      4m 51s
    4. Adding watermarks in the Print, Slideshow, and Web modules
      1m 20s
    5. Making creative watermarks
      3m 20s
    6. IPTC Extension metadata
      1m 16s
    7. Exporting by file size and with watermarks
      1m 51s
    8. Exporting collections
      3m 22s
    9. Ejecting an external hard drive
      2m 0s
  11. 1m 44s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 15s
    2. What's next
      29s

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