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Using the Radial filter in your workflow

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Video: Using the Radial filter in your workflow

Now that we know quite a bit about how to work with the radial filter, what I want to do is take a look at a workflow situation. I want to work on this image and this is a portrait that I captured in open shade, so the light is really even yet what I want to do is I want to add a little bit more visual interest. I want to add a bit of a glow. I really want to draw the viewer in to the subject. To do that, I am going to create three different radial filter adjustments. I am going to create one adjustment on the face, one that is applied to the entire subject, and then a third, which is applied to the background.

Using the Radial filter in your workflow

Now that we know quite a bit about how to work with the radial filter, what I want to do is take a look at a workflow situation. I want to work on this image and this is a portrait that I captured in open shade, so the light is really even yet what I want to do is I want to add a little bit more visual interest. I want to add a bit of a glow. I really want to draw the viewer in to the subject. To do that, I am going to create three different radial filter adjustments. I am going to create one adjustment on the face, one that is applied to the entire subject, and then a third, which is applied to the background.

Well let's take a look at how we can do that using the radial filter. To access the radial filter, press Shift+M or click on the circle icon in the tool strip. The next step is to dial in our settings. What I want to do is warm things up a little bit so I'll increase my color temperature slightly. I also want to brighten the image a touch and then I'm going to decrease the Highlights so that the highlights aren't over exposed. I'll bring my Shadows up a little bit as well. Now once you've dialed in these settings, what you want to do next is you want to create the adjustment.

Yet it's difficult to remember if you need to invert the mask or not. So here what I am going to do is simply click and drag and what I'll discover is that it's actually the opposite of what I want. Remember, when that happens its no big deal, use a shortcut, use that shortcut, which is the apostrophe key (') in order to invert that or just click on this icon here if you forget the shortcut. Next what I want to do is zoom in on the image. So here, I'll press Cmd+Plus(+) on a Mac or Ctrl+Plus(+) on Windows to zoom in. Here, what I need to do is I need to change the overall shape of this, so that I have this nice shape which is creating this glow around this part of the image.

In this case, another thing that I want to do is increase my Saturation a bit and I'm going to bring down the Exposure a touch as well. All right, so far so good. Let's zoom out a little bit. Next thing that I want to do is I want to bring a similar adjustment over the whole image. Do you remember the shortcut that we can use to copy and paste a radial filter adjustment? This is a shortcut you want to jot down, here it is. If you're on a Mac you press Cmd+Opt, Windows that's Ctrl+Alt and then, click and drag.

When you do that it brings out another version of that same adjustment. Here what I want to do is extend this over the entirety of the subject here. Again I want to bring this really just ethereal type of a glow around this part of the image. That looks pretty nice. Here I'll press the H key, so those irritating overlays will be hidden temporarily. Then I'll click on the toggle switch, here is before and then now here's after. If we zoom in on the image, you know what it does look pretty interesting. Yet one of the things that I noticed is that this area, the face, this particular area, it's a bit too strong.

Do you remember how we can modify all of our sliders at once? What you can do is collapse the view of all these controls, then you can dial in the amount and here we can dial in the amount so that that looks exactly how you want it to look. Next I'll go ahead and click to expand that so that I can see all of those then I'll zoom back out. I also mention that another thing that I want to do is create a new adjustment which is applied to the background. To do that, I'm just going to click and drag to create a new adjustment. This obviously isn't what I want.

So here I'm going to reset my sliders. To reset your sliders, you can either double-click them one a time or press Opt on a Mac, Alt on Windows ,that will change the Effect word right there to Reset and then click Reset. Next what I want is a darkening effect. So here I'll go ahead and click and drag in order to create that effect. Then I want that to be right around the edge of the image. In order to extend a radial filter adjustment to the edge of a photograph, you hold on the Cmd key on a Mac, Control key on Windows and then double-click on that adjustment.

That will then extend that all the way out to those edges. If you decide to extend it further because you want it close to the edges, you can always do that and pull it past the boundary of the image. Again all of these overlays are a bit distracting so we'll press the H key, so we can actually see the image, so we can actually see the subject. Now that I can see the subject I'm going to make any needed further adjustments. In this case, I don't need to go very far in regards to that background, so I can experiment with that a little bit until I get that just right.

Now that I have that adjustment there next let's evaluate our overall before and after. One way to do that is to press your back slash key (\). Here is before and then I'll press that again and then here is after. In this case, we've created this interesting creative effect using the radial filter. What's fascinating about the radial filter as you are discovering is that you can use this to make corrections or enhancements to you photographs and you can always go back and re-edit them. For example, let's say that we print this picture out and we realize that you know what, the face, it needs a little bit more sharpness. We could click in to that area and then increase the sharpness so that that area looked a bit better.

Now I'm going to press the H key, in order to hide those overlays and what I want to do is zoom in on this photograph so that we can evaluate it. Here when we zoom up close we can see our overall results at least in this part of the image. What I want to do then is press the back slash key (\), here is the back slash key (/) before and then now here is the after. So as you can see from this workflow example, you can use the radial filter in some really fascinating ways when it comes to making certain selective adjustments to your photographs. By knowing how to use this tool and knowing how to use it well, it can really help you out as you seek to make selective adjustments to your photographs.

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Lightroom 5 New Features

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  1. 2m 2s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 9m 28s
    1. Using the aspect-ratio crop overlay
      3m 25s
    2. Viewing your work in true full screen
      3m 27s
    3. Customizing the grid and guide overlays
      2m 36s
  3. 15m 55s
    1. Automatically leveling your photographs with Upright
      3m 47s
    2. Fixing perspective with Upright
      5m 43s
    3. Achieving great results in difficult situations using Upright
      6m 25s
  4. 17m 37s
    1. Applying more flexible and precise retouching
      4m 35s
    2. Removing large distractions
      3m 39s
    3. Making linear and free-form corrections
      5m 0s
    4. Spot Healing tips and shortcuts
      4m 23s
  5. 15m 52s
    1. Introducing the Radial filter
      5m 43s
    2. Radial filter tips
      4m 29s
    3. Using the Radial filter in your workflow
      5m 40s
  6. 23m 23s
    1. What is a Smart Preview?
      6m 36s
    2. The advantage of Smart Previews
      2m 48s
    3. How to generate Smart Previews
      5m 14s
    4. Filtering for Smart Previews
      3m 48s
    5. A real-world scenario with Smart Previews
      4m 57s
  7. 8m 11s
    1. Adding text with ease
      1m 51s
    2. Including page numbers
      1m 37s
    3. Identifying favorite page layouts
      1m 29s
    4. Creating custom page templates
      3m 14s
  8. 9m 2s
    1. Building a slideshow with still images and video files
      4m 48s
    2. Playing slideshows with still images, video, and a soundtrack
      4m 14s
  9. 24m 39s
    1. A better way to import photographs
      3m 3s
    2. Using targeted collections with increased speed
      3m 38s
    3. Improvements with Smart Collections and Smart Filters
      2m 24s
    4. Adding direction metadata
      1m 20s
    5. Collection consistency
      54s
    6. Dragging photos to saved Map locations
      50s
    7. Importing and working with PNG files in Lightroom
      4m 22s
    8. Tethered capture shortcuts
      3m 59s
    9. Validating DNGs
      3m 12s
    10. Viewing LAB color values in the histogram
      57s
  10. 16m 29s
    1. Improved Spot Removal with feather control
      7m 38s
    2. Spot Removal autoselection
      5m 29s
    3. Better color noise reduction with smoothing
      3m 22s
  11. 5m 50s
    1. Lightroom for mobile
      5m 50s

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