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In order to selectively apply any of the local adjustments in a circular mass, you'll want to use the radial filter in Camera Raw. So with these two images selected, I'll use Cmd+R on Mac or Ctrl+R on Windows in order to open them into Camera Raw. Let's go ahead and select the radial filter. We can do this by either tapping the J key, or by selecting it up here in the tool palette. And you'll notice that just like the graduated filter, we have all these different attributes that we can load up our radial filter with, in order to create a selective adjustment.
In order to make this really obvious, let's go ahead and click on the minus next to exposure. What that does is it'll reset all of my other sliders making sure that I'm just working with exposure. And we'll make it really dramatic, by just dragging down to the left. Now I want to make sure that I position the cursor in the center of where I want the radial filter to have its effect, because as I click and drag, you'll notice that its actually dragging the radial filter from that center. Now it might not always be obvious, so I just want to mention that we're actually adding the effect to the outside of the filter by default.
Not the inside, but sometimes when you start dragging the cursor it almost looks like your lightening the inside as opposed to darkening out the outside. But if i tap the p key we can turn the preview on and off, and we can see that the actual area inside the radial filter has stayed constant, and we're actually decreasing the exposure which is, what we loaded in the area outside of the radial filter. Now, if we've added too great of a change, we can always come back and modify our change, so in this case, I'm going to back off a little bit on the decrease in exposure. We can also add additional effects We don't have to limit them to just one. If I wanted to de-saturate whatever's outside of this area to put focus on this one area inside the radial filter, I can.
I think that's a little too much so I'll go ahead and set that back to zero. And I just wanted to point out that you can load up more than one attribute. If we scroll down, you'll also notice that there's an option here to change the feathering of the mask. So if we did want this to be a hard edge mask, I would simply drag the feather down to zero. Right now, I want it to be a nice soft edged mask, so we'll leave it set up at 100. Alright let's go ahead and delete this for a moment. Now since the feather slider is highlighted here, I want to tap the Enter key just to enter in my feather value, and then I'll tap the delete key in order to remove that graduated filter. I want to show you that if you hold down the Command key on the Mac or the Control key on Windows, and you double click anywhere in your image area, then Camera Raw will automatically set your radial filter to the bounding box of the image bounds.
Lets tap the Delete key to get rid of that one. This time as I start to drag, I'm going to hold down the Shift key. You can see that holding down the Shift key is going to constrain my radial filter to a circle. Now, if I have a radial filter already drawn, like this, and I decide that I want to expand it to fill the bounding box of the image, again I can either hold down the Command key on Mac, or the Control key on Windows, and I can double click anywhere inside the existing radial filter. And it will automatically expand to fill that visible image area.
As we saw with a graduated filter the V key will toggle on and off the interface, so it will hide it or show it. And I should also mention you can actually drag this radial filter way beyond the image. So if I use Command Minus to zoom out. You'll notice that I can then drag this filter way beyond the image area. So don't think that you're constrained to be within that image. Alright I'll tap the Delete key one more time, and then use Command Zero in order to fit in window.
On Windows that would be Control Zero. Alright, so in this case let's make sure that we have a negative exposure set up, and I'll click and drag in the inner area of this first metal house. I want to make this really extreme, so I'll pull down the exposure even more. Of course, the radial gradient isn't just for vignetting, you can also add different effects, so let's go ahead and move to this light bulb image. Now here, I'll add a darker vignette to begin with, so we'll leave the exposure set down, and I'll click and drag out my radial vignette around the light bulb. So now if we toggle the preview using the P key, you can see that I have darkened down that background area.
But I'm also going to decrease the clarity a little bit, in order to just kind of soften the background, and I'll also decrease the sharpness just to blur the background a little bit. Now I'm lookign here and that looks a little bit too fast of a fall off, so I'll go ahead and just increase a littel bit of the sharpness, maybe to right about here. Now, what I want to do is, I want to create a duplicate of this radio filter that actually makes a change to the lightbulb itself. So I'm going to hold down the Command key and the Option key on the Mac, or the Control key and the Alt key on Windows, and you can see that I now have two arrows as my cursor. If I click and drag on the center pin there, you can see that I now have created a duplicate.
So this was my first pin and this was my second pin. Now, I'll put them a little bit closer together, but not directly on top of each other, just because I want to be able to show you the difference between the two, and then I'll take this second panel and instead of decreasing exposure, I'll reset that. And instead of decreasing clarity, because I'll reset that, I'm actually going to increase the sharpness. So I'm just increasing the sharpness inside the second radial filter. I'll also go in and just add a little bit of contrast. And maybe bring up my highlights a little bit.
The only problem is is when I preview this on and off, you can see that it's actually affecting the area outside of the radial filter. In order to invert the mask, all I need to do is scroll down and tell Camera RAW that the effect should not be outside, but instead, it should be inside the mask. Now, when we preview this, we can see that our first radial gradient is darkening down, and decreasing the clarity and sharpness outside of the light bulb. And at the same time, the secondary radial filter is increasing the contrast, it's increasing the highlights, and also sharpening the inner area of the filter. So you can see that the radial filter is an excellent tool to use, not only when you need to make a correction, but also when you want to help lead the viewer's eye to a certain location in your image.
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