Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video The Graduated filter, part of Lightroom 3 New Features.
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In this movie we are going to continue to work on the same image. One of things that I notice with this image is that it will kind of nice to darken the sky a little bit and brighten the foreground. So let's say that I decide to go ahead and increase my overall Exposure and I like that except this guy is just way too bright. Well there is a great tool inside of Lightroom. It's called the Graduated Filter and you can access this tool by clicking on its icon or by pressing the M key. Click on that. That will open up this tool. Now what I am going to do here is decrease my Exposure a little bit and a little bit of Brightness and increase Contrast just a touch and I'll go ahead and click and drag to extend this out.
Now let's go ahead and decrease the Exposure a little bit more so we can see how this is actually functioning. Well one of the ways that this tool actually works is if you hover over the node, I can click to reposition this. I can click to reposition how that darkening effect is actually taking place. Yet a lot of times like with all of these overlays, they get in the way. What's the shortcut to hide that? Well it's the H key. That toggles that on and off. You can see it's toggling between these different views. We also have an option, as we've seen before, which is Auto. Now Auto is really interesting.
When I hover over the image there it is. I am going to hover off, it disappears, and of course we can always choose Always or only when it's Selected. Now one of things that happens a lot of times is when you make adjustments-- let's go ahead and make a number of different adjustments here-- is that you may want to make adjustment that affects all of these sliders at once. Well before what we could do with the Adjustment Brush was we could click on this node and drag it to the left or the right, but we can't do that here because that simply moves the entire adjustment.
What could we do then? Well, if you hold down the Option key on a Mac, that's the Alt key on a PC, and then you'll notice that when you hover over this the icon changes and if you click and drag to the left, you can see that it's bringing all of my sliders back to the neutral or zero amount. If I click and drag to the right, you can see there's increasing all of those amounts. Well that wraps up our look at the Graduated Filter.
- Importing and managing photos and video clips
- Improving efficiency with enhanced collections
- Applying sharpening and noise reduction
- Mastering the enhanced adjustment brush, graduated filter, and vignette features
- Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
- Adding audio to slideshows
- Creating custom print packages
- Importing on-the-fly with tethered shooting
- Publishing photos to Flickr
- Publishing to a smart folder and smart photoset
- Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs and working with legacy images
- Making and working with creative watermarks