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Spotlighting and vignetting with the Radial filter


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Up and Running with Lightroom 5

with Jan Kabili

Video: Spotlighting and vignetting with the Radial filter

The Radial Filter tool in Lightroom 5 lets you make adjustments in oval or circular areas. It's useful for making customized vignettes or adding spotlights with different effects to individual areas of a photo. I'm going to start with this photo of this big beautiful clock that we took in the Orsay Museum in Paris. I'd like to make a custom vignette around the edges of this photo. Now you may be wondering why I don't just use the Post-Crop Vignetting in the effects panel of the Develop module. Or, the Vignette sliders in the Lens Correction panel. And the reason is that with the Radial Filter, I have a lot more flexibility to place a vignette off-center and to add just the effects that I want. So for example, I'll select the Radial Filter tool in the Tool bar under the histogram by clicking its icon here.
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  1. 5m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 22s
  2. 30m 31s
    1. Understanding catalogs
      4m 21s
    2. Organizing your photos before importing
      3m 10s
    3. Deciding where to store your photos
      4m 28s
    4. Importing photos from a drive
      8m 14s
    5. Importing photos from a camera
      10m 18s
  3. 1h 15m
    1. Library module workspace
      7m 21s
    2. Viewing and sorting photos
      6m 16s
    3. Selecting photos
      7m 9s
    4. Reviewing and rating photos
      8m 41s
    5. Organizing with collections
      6m 27s
    6. Using Smart Collections
      6m 21s
    7. Keywording
      4m 51s
    8. Finding photos by keyword
      5m 40s
    9. Finding photos with the Metadata filter
      4m 53s
    10. Moving files and folders
      7m 16s
    11. Renaming photos
      4m 18s
    12. Working with Smart Previews when traveling
      6m 6s
  4. 54m 18s
    1. Develop module workspace
      6m 14s
    2. Cropping and straightening
      4m 25s
    3. Fixing perspective with Upright
      7m 19s
    4. Setting white balance
      4m 41s
    5. Using the histogram to evaluate tones
      4m 5s
    6. Adjusting tone and color in the Basic panel
      8m 45s
    7. Fine-tuning colors in the HSL panel
      3m 35s
    8. Converting to black and white
      3m 56s
    9. Using virtual copies
      3m 43s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      3m 24s
    11. Sharpening
      4m 11s
  5. 26m 21s
    1. Targeting edits with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 45s
    2. Spotlighting and vignetting with the Radial filter
      6m 0s
    3. Gradual editing with the Graduated filter
      4m 5s
    4. Removing dust spots with Spot Removal circles
      6m 12s
    5. Removing content with Spot Removal brushstrokes
      3m 19s
  6. 30m 40s
    1. Exporting photos
      9m 22s
    2. Setting up a connection to Facebook
      6m 22s
    3. Sharing photos to Facebook
      5m 44s
    4. Printing photos
      9m 12s
  7. 26s
    1. Next steps
      26s

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Up and Running with Lightroom 5
3h 42m Beginner Jun 11, 2013

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom has become a popular program for photographers of all experience levels. In this course, photographer and teacher Jan Kabili provides an approachable introduction to all its capabilities. The course begins with a look at how to import photos from a camera and from a hard drive, describing how the Lightroom catalog works along the way.

Then you'll learn key ways to manage your photos in Lightroom, from reviewing photos after a shoot to working with Smart Previews when your photos are offline. This part of the course covers making collections, adding keywords, and much more.

Next, the course introduces the Lightroom Develop module and its features for improving a photo's appearance, including adjusting tone and color, cropping and fixing perspective, converting to black and white, reducing noise, and sharpening. It explores how to make local adjustments with the Adjustment Brush, Radial Filter, Graduated Filter, and Spot Removal tools. The course ends with a look at the most commonly used Lightroom features for sharing photos: exporting, printing, and sharing online.

Topics include:
  • Importing photos
  • Viewing, sorting, and selecting photos
  • Reviewing and rating photos
  • Finding photos with keywords and filters
  • Cropping and straightening photos
  • Fixing perspective with Upright
  • Adjusting color and tone
  • Targeting edits with the Adjustment Brush
  • Sharing photos on Facebook
  • Exporting and printing photos
Subjects:
Photography Raw Processing
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Jan Kabili

Spotlighting and vignetting with the Radial filter

The Radial Filter tool in Lightroom 5 lets you make adjustments in oval or circular areas. It's useful for making customized vignettes or adding spotlights with different effects to individual areas of a photo. I'm going to start with this photo of this big beautiful clock that we took in the Orsay Museum in Paris. I'd like to make a custom vignette around the edges of this photo. Now you may be wondering why I don't just use the Post-Crop Vignetting in the effects panel of the Develop module. Or, the Vignette sliders in the Lens Correction panel. And the reason is that with the Radial Filter, I have a lot more flexibility to place a vignette off-center and to add just the effects that I want. So for example, I'll select the Radial Filter tool in the Tool bar under the histogram by clicking its icon here.

If you've been following along, you may notice that the center portion of this panel, the Effect portion, has the same controls that we saw when we were talking about the Adjustment Brush filter. I'm going to start here by setting all of these controls back to zero by double-clicking the Effect label at the top of this section of the Radial Filter panel. Now, I know that I want to darken the corners of this image, so I'm going to start by just dragging the Exposure slider over to the left. I don't care where I'll tweak that in just a moment. Then I'll come into the image and I'm going to click off center and I'm going to click out and start dragging out an oval boundary.

And as I do it may look like I'm lightening the area in the center of this boundary. But actually what I'm doing is making the area outside of the boundary darker. I can re-position the boundary by clicking inside of it and dragging it. I can change the shape of the boundary by clicking on any of the anchor points. I can rotate the boundary by moving my cursor outside of it and dragging. So, I get it just the way I want it. And then I'll come back over to the Radial Filter panel and I'm going to customize the effects on this vignette.

So I don't want the exposure as dark as it is now. Instead I'll put it about a stop under its default. Now there are other things that I can do to the area outside of this boundary. For example, I could fade from color to black and white in the photo. By going to the saturation slider and dragging that all way over to the left. Or I'll double-click the Saturation slider. I could change the color outside the boundary. I could come up the Temperature slider and drag that over to the right to add some gold to my vignetted corners. I'm going to close the histogram so there's more room to see the rest of this panel.

And I'll move down to the bottom of the panel and I'm going to click this toggle icon, which will turn off all of the changes that I've made in the Radial Filter panel. So that's how I started, and here's how the photo looks now. I can always come back in and adjust my filter, so I might want to rotate it this way and maybe drag it over this way more. You can have more than one Radial Filter in a photo. So I want to add a couple more to focus attention on the big, beautiful clock here. So I'm going to go back to the Radial Filter panel and click New.

And again, I'll double-click the effect label to set all of the sliders back to zero. Now, this time I know that I want to increase exposure. So I'm going to drag the Exposure slider over to the right and I can customize that later. Then, I'll move into the image. I'm going to click right in the center of the clock and I'm going to drag out a second Radial Filter. Now by default, this Radial Filter is affecting the area outside of this boundary, but I actually want to affect the area inside the boundary. So I'll come over to the Radial Filter panel, and I'm going to check Invert Mask here at the bottom of the panel.

And that really changes the effect. While I'm here, I'm also going to get the Feather slider here, and drag it toward the left. Right now, there is a large feather or soft edge on the mask that's defining the area affected. To make that edge left soft, I'll drag the Feather slider toward the left. And that's spreading out the effect so that it's brightening more of the clock. And then I'll move into the center of this boundary and I'll click and drag to get it just where I want it. And I can use these anchor points to reshape the boundary.

Now I'm going to customize my settings for this particular Radial Filter. So I'll bring the exposure down a bit. Its higher than when I started but not as bright as it was a moment ago. There is some detail in the darker areas of the clock that I would like to bring out. So I'll go to the shadow slider and I'm going to drag that to the right. And then to emphasize all of the gorgeous detail there, I'm going to drag the Clarity slider over to the right too to increase the mid tone contrast. Finally another interesting thing that you can do with Radial Filters is to duplicate Radial Filters. You might want to do that if you've maxed out your sliders and yet you want more of an effect.

So, let's duplicate the Radial Filter that I just added to the clock. The way to do that is to move over the image, to select the pin that represents the clocks. And then to hold the Cmd key and the Option key, that's the Ctrl key and the Alt key on Windows. And click right on that pin. And that duplicates the pin, and the amount of effect on that pin. Now, you can only see one of the two duplicate pins right now, because they're right on top of one another. So if I click on this pin and drag, now you can see that there really are two pins there. What I want to do with this second pin, the duplicate pin is to invert it so that it's affecting just the outside of this boundary, because I want to soften everything except for the clock.

So, I'm going to go back over to the Radial Filter panel with that duplicate pin selected and uncheck invert mask. And then I'll go up and double-click the effect label to set the sliders back to ground zero for this third pin. And I"ll direct the Clarity slider all the way over to the left. Softening everything outside the clock. Now, let's use the toggle at the bottom of the Radial Filter panel. To compare a before and after view of just the changes made in this panel. So, here's the before view, and here's the after view. Finally, when I'm done in the Radial Filter panel, I can click the Close button on the panel.

Keeping in mind, that I can come back in and reopen that panel at any time to re-edit those pins that I've already added. Or to add more Radial Filters to this photo.

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