Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Editing part of a photo, part of Lightroom CC First Look.
- [Instructor] Even after you've applied global or overall edits to a photo, you may still have areas of a photo that need special adjustments, and in that case, you can use the selective edit tools here in Lightroom CC. Those are located on the far right of the interface. There's a brush tool, where you can brush in edits wherever you want them, and there's also a linear gradient and radial gradient tool for applying selective edits in graduated patterns. In this case, I'd like to make the foreground whiter than the rest of the image, so I'm going to select the linear gradient tool.
That changes the controls in the next column to sliders that will affect only the area where I lay down a linear gradient. My first step is going to be to set all of these sliders back to zero. So here's a little trick to do that. You can right-click or control + click on any one of these sliders and choose Reset All Sliders, and they all go back to zero. Now I'll move into the image, and I'm going to drag a linear gradient that starts at the bottom-right corner and moves up diagonally in this direction.
So that you can see what I'm doing, I'm going to press O on the keyboard, and that will show a red overlay where I'm laying down a mask to define my linear gradient. So I'll click and drag from the bottom-right corner. You can see this blue pin that identifies this gradient and when I release my mouse, you can see the red overlay which shows you where the effects are going to be applied to this photo. Now I need them to apply to all the rocks.
So I'm going to click on the pin and drag up. I can already see that I'm affecting some of the water, but that's okay, I can fix that later. I can actually go up here and make my gradient a little narrower and then adjust my pin and then I'll press O on the keyboard to hide that overlay, and now I'm going to apply some effects to my linear gradient. I'll go to the exposure slider and I'll drag that to the right to brighten up those rocks.
You can apply more than one property or more than one slider to the same gradient. So for example, I may want to change the color temperature and make these rocks a little more gold. Now you can have more than one linear gradient on the same photo. So if I want another linear gradient, this one affecting the sky, I'll come to the top of the image and I'll drag down. Now this time I'm going to hold the shift key to keep my gradient straight. That isn't exactly the effect I want.
I want the sky to be darker, so I'll take the exposure slider and I'll drag to the left to darken the sky from the top down. If I ever want to change either of these gradients, I'll just select the linear gradient tool. Now that I'm done, I'll click the linear gradient button again and that closes those controls. I can always come back in and adjust those gradients by clicking the linear gradient again, pressing O on my keyboard so I can see the two pins and then selecting the pin that I want to adjust and either moving it or coming over and changing some of the sliders.
So I think you can see how powerful these selective edit tools are. Spend some time exploring the linear gradient tool, the radial gradient tool, and the brush tool, both here and Lightroom CC on the desktop and Lightroom CC on your mobile devices.