Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Multiple graduated filters for special effects, part of Lightroom Classic CC: Mastering the Develop Module (2017).
- [Instructor] Okay, so we took a look at how we can apply a localized filter and get a really great job. We can do a radial filter for something that's got center weighted content, or we can do a graduated, or a linear filter for using a graduated neutral density on the sky. In this case, I've got that applied just to the top, not the bottom. Now, I mentioned briefly that you can kind of fake having a shallow depth of field by adding a little bit of negative clarity. I want to talk a little bit more about that because there's a trick that's really great for that particular work flow.
As always, into the develop module by hitting D. I'm going to grab that graduated filter and we can see that I've just got one up top. What I want to do is add a graduated filter for the bottom, and soften the foreground so that it pulls my eyes to the front. So I'm going to hold the shift key and I'm going to pull this up. Now before I do that, let's just zero all of these sliders, except for clarity. I'm going to set clarity to negative 100. What I want is for this to appear soft and shallow.
And I pull that up and it doesn't look like what I was hoping for. It's not blurred enough; it's not soft enough. I don't know if you've ever had this happen to you, but the results just, I don't know, they're just sort of lacking a little bit. So what I want is to really increase that, and the trick to doing that is right there on the center, I'm just going to click again. I'm going to right click, and I'm going to duplicate that. Right click it, again, right on the pin and duplicate it, and just for the sake of really exaggerating we'll do it one more time.
Duplicate it. Now if I hit done you see that what I've done here is I've actually layered a bunch of those on top of each other and I have a nice soft foreground, and you could use that with any effect where you want to make it go beyond 100%. It's a really good way to get that soft, shallow depth of field. That faking the foreground there, and just to show it I'll undo it and you'll see there are four of those right on top of each other. There's one of them and right underneath it there's another one.
Right underneath that there's another one and there's one last one underneath that. So again the work flow is shift-click on the pin, right-click and duplicate, and sort of season to taste. I think you'll find that three is just about right in most cases. Handy trick that I recently picked up and I'm using that a lot, especially with the iPhone shots where I sort of want to fake that shallow depth of field.
In this course, Adobe Director of Product Management Bryan O'Neil Hughes explores the Develop module in-depth, stepping through the module's core tools and sharing insights along the way. The course concludes with chapters on essential time-saving shortcuts and on taking photos from Lightroom Classic CC to Photoshop for further enhancement.
- Order of operations
- White balance, tone, and color
- Lens correction and perspective control
- Applying presets on import
- Syncing files
- Lightroom across devices (iOS, Android, and the web)
- Moving to Photoshop