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Adding a radial gradient

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Video: Adding a radial gradient

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.

Adding a radial gradient

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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  1. 1m 42s
    1. What is Photoshop?
      1m 42s
  2. 4m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      25s
    3. Installing Adobe Bridge
      1m 23s
    4. What's new NEW
      1m 26s
  3. 40m 58s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      3m 3s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      6m 0s
    3. A tour of workspaces in Bridge
      8m 30s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      4m 42s
    5. Changing file names and batch renaming
      4m 39s
    6. Adding basic metadata with metadata templates
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      7m 1s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      2m 17s
  4. 27m 23s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejected images
      5m 32s
    2. Saving images in collections
      3m 52s
    3. Rating and labeling images
      4m 31s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      3m 7s
    5. Using smart collections
      3m 39s
    6. Viewing final selects in a slideshow
      2m 50s
    7. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      3m 52s
  5. 29m 57s
    1. Comparing raw and JPEG files
      5m 5s
    2. Starting in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      4m 1s
    3. Touring the Camera Raw user interface
      5m 29s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      3m 18s
    5. Toggling onscreen Shadow/Highlight clipping warnings
      4m 44s
    6. Choosing output settings
      3m 34s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      3m 46s
  6. 56m 7s
    1. Using the nondestructive Crop tool: Door and window with ramp
      3m 42s
    2. Correcting a tilted horizon line with the Straighten tool
      4m 12s
    3. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      3m 52s
    4. Fixing blown-out highlights UPDATED
      5m 42s
    5. Revealing hidden shadow detail
      4m 36s
    6. Reducing distracting color noise with Noise Reduction
      5m 55s
    7. Correcting lens distortion
      5m 17s
    8. Making perspective corrections to images
      5m 51s
    9. Removing chromatic aberration
      3m 32s
    10. Sharpening details
      7m 23s
    11. Making an average photo great
      6m 5s
  7. 1h 3m
    1. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      5m 39s
    2. Adding a radial gradient
      6m 35s
    3. Making local adjustments with the Adjustment Brush
      11m 19s
    4. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      4m 35s
    5. A quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      7m 49s
    6. Converting to black and white
      3m 17s
    7. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 56s
    8. Selective coloring effects with the Adjustment Brush
      5m 56s
    9. Easy sepia and split-tone effects
      4m 11s
    10. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 27s
    11. Adding vignettes and border effects
      4m 24s
    12. Saving variations within a single file with the Snapshot command
      3m 27s
  8. 19m 16s
    1. Copying and pasting settings across files
      1m 52s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      4m 22s
    3. Saving and using a library of Camera Raw presets
      5m 47s
    4. Saving multiple files in Camera Raw
      3m 36s
    5. Using Image Processor to batch process multiple files
      3m 39s
  9. 27m 6s
    1. Opening files from Bridge
      3m 9s
    2. Customizing the interface in Photoshop UPDATED
      5m 16s
    3. Managing panels
      5m 1s
    4. Switching and saving workspaces
      3m 45s
    5. Switching tools using the keyboard
      3m 21s
    6. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      6m 34s
  10. 22m 49s
    1. Working with tabbed documents
      2m 51s
    2. Arranging documents
      3m 37s
    3. Stopping Photoshop from tabbing documents
      2m 49s
    4. Panning, zooming, and using the Rotate View tool
      9m 51s
    5. Cycling through the different screen modes
      3m 41s
  11. 26m 19s
    1. Understanding file formats
      8m 26s
    2. Choosing the resolution you need
      5m 15s
    3. Understanding Resize vs. Resample
      9m 40s
    4. How big a print can you make with your image?
      2m 58s
  12. 59m 15s
    1. Using Undo and the History panel
      6m 40s
    2. Using crop options
      4m 20s
    3. Understanding Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      3m 52s
    4. Cropping to the perfect print size
      3m 51s
    5. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      5m 2s
    6. Making the canvas bigger using the Canvas Size command
      4m 57s
    7. Straightening a crooked image
      4m 21s
    8. Removing keystoning from buildings
      2m 6s
    9. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
    10. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      8m 29s
    11. Nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects UPDATED
      3m 56s
    12. Warping images UPDATED
      4m 48s
    13. Preserving important elements with Content-Aware Scale
      4m 49s
  13. 41m 55s
    1. Exploring layer basics UPDATED
      13m 25s
    2. Loading, selecting, and transforming layers UPDATED
      9m 28s
    3. Organizing layers into layer groups
      8m 47s
    4. Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers
      10m 15s
  14. 1h 15m
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      11m 41s
    2. Combining selections
      6m 40s
    3. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      7m 40s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool and Refine Edge
      7m 12s
    5. Selecting soft-edged objects using Refine Edge
      9m 28s
    6. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      5m 42s
    7. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      9m 9s
    8. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      4m 55s
    9. Combining multiple exposures with layer masks
      5m 5s
    10. Making selections with Color Range NEW
      5m 17s
    11. Selecting with Focus Mask NEW
      3m 10s
  15. 42m 5s
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      3m 29s
    2. Starting with a preset
      2m 36s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      7m 32s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      5m 7s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      2m 37s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      1m 56s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      5m 39s
    8. Making washed-out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 7s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 32s
    10. Creating traditional darkroom toning effects
      2m 51s
    11. Controlling which layers are affected by an adjustment layer
      3m 49s
    12. Three different ways to add an adjustment layer
      50s
  16. 24m 41s
    1. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      5m 49s
    2. Replacing color using Selective Color
      5m 39s
    3. Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look
      7m 18s
    4. Using a gradient fill layer to add a color wash
      5m 55s
  17. 40m 53s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Healing Brush and Patch tools
      10m 21s
    2. A quick technique for smoothing skin and pores
      3m 4s
    3. Making teeth bright and white
      2m 47s
    4. Brightening eyes, to make a person appear more alert
      6m 31s
    5. Taming flyaway hair
      4m 53s
    6. De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      1m 53s
    7. Body sculpting with Liquify UPDATED
      5m 6s
    8. Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill UPDATED
      6m 18s
  18. 22m 47s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      5m 50s
    2. Combining multiple frames of an action sequence
      6m 21s
    3. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      4m 3s
    4. Working with bracketed exposures (HDR)
      6m 33s
  19. 1h 0m
    1. Overview of filters UPDATED
      3m 3s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively with Smart Filters UPDATED
      5m 56s
    3. Straightening images using the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      5m 28s
    4. Creating a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      3m 23s
    5. Creating an infrared look with Diffuse Glow
      5m 4s
    6. Adding noise with the Add Noise filter
      7m 7s
    7. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen
      7m 22s
    8. Giving an image texture with the Texturizer filter
      1m 53s
    9. Using the Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift Blurs UPDATED
      6m 9s
    10. Using the Spin and Path Blurs NEW
      7m 38s
    11. Applying the Camera Raw filter
      2m 48s
    12. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      4m 11s
  20. 24m 3s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      5m 24s
    2. Scanning or photographing paper to add a deckled edge
      4m 55s
    3. Adding texture with blend modes
      1m 58s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      5m 57s
    5. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      2m 49s
    6. Adding a realistic off-center vignette
      3m 0s
  21. 35m 37s
    1. Exploring character (point) type UPDATED
      11m 58s
    2. Adding paragraph (area) type
      4m 7s
    3. Adding type on a path
      7m 3s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      3m 41s
    5. Warping type
      2m 36s
    6. Defining character and paragraph styles
      6m 12s
  22. 24m 13s
    1. Using the shape tools
      13m 45s
    2. Custom shape layers
      6m 15s
    3. Adding a keyline to an image
      4m 13s
  23. 24m 48s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      8m 57s
    2. Adding edges, textures, and color overlays using styles
      5m 11s
    3. Creating a transparent logo or watermark
      4m 46s
    4. Knowing how and when to scale layer effects
      5m 54s
  24. 11m 43s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      4m 29s
    2. Creating PDF presentations
      3m 25s
    3. Saving for the web
      3m 49s
  25. 23m 9s
    1. Working with video clips
      12m 14s
    2. Adding special effects to video files
      5m 56s
    3. Adding pans and zooms to still images
      4m 59s
  26. 1m 4s
    1. Next steps
      1m 4s

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