Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Graduated Filter Brush to improve a landscape, part of Lightroom Classic CC 2015 New Features.
- In the next two movies, we'll take a look at a new feature associated with the Graduated Filter. This new feature is a brush which allows us to further customize our Graduated Filter adjustments. All right, well here I wanna begin with a simple example. This is a landscape photograph that I captured in Big Sur, and what I wanna do is darken and change the color of the sky. To make an adjustment to a large area of a photograph like that, the Graduated Filter is the perfect tool. So here we'll go ahead and select the Graduated Filter by clicking on it in the tool strip or by pressing the M key.
You can see our settings below. In order to see all of those, I'm gonna close or collapse the Histogram. What I want you to do, is to click on your Effect pull-down menu and choose Exposure. That won't reset all of your other sliders and just give you a value for exposure. Then bring your exposure way down and let's also exaggerate our temperature as well. These values will be too strong but they'll work well for the demo. We'll scale them back a little bit later. Yet for now, bring them down to a really high or really low value I should say.
All right next, position your cursor over the image and click and drag. When we click and drag a short distance, you can see we have a small transition. Click and drag a long distance and we have a bit more of a transition. What we're gonna do is just look to bring this darkening effect to this part of the image. Yet, the problem is that it's affecting the sky and it's also affecting the hillside over here on the right area of the image. If I bring this down even more, you can see how it's affecting or darkening that part of the photograph. Well, I wanna paint that away or paint that out.
We can do that now with a new feature, which is a brush which is built into the Graduated Filter and the Radio Filter as we'll see in a few minutes. All right, well let's select the brush. This opens up a drawer full of controls. Here we have different brushes. Brush A and B are to add to the adjustment, to paint it into another area. The Erase option is a brush which allows you to paint it away. So what I'm gonna do is leave my brush size probably right around there, nice small brush, increase the feather amount so I have soft edges, bring the flow value up and then turn Auto Mask on.
And what you can do with Auto Mask turned on is just paint over this area and it will try to find the edge there. If the brush is a little bit too big, you can decrease that size. I'm gonna get close to that edge and basically, I just wanna protect these hills here so that these are not darkened like the sky is in the background. And by painting this over, essentially what we're doing is sort of masking this out of this part of the adjustment. So we still have this nice graduated gradient which allows us to darken the sky, but we now have this protected part of the image here.
We're protecting it by painting with our Erase Brush. Now what we can do as well is once we've done that, we can position our cursor over this node and drag around. Notice how that's protected regardless of where this is, so essentially we've defined that area as an area to not be affected by this adjustment. Once you finish with your brush work, go back to Edit, click on the Edit option there, and then we can dial in perhaps a more appropriate value. That was exaggerated as I mentioned, we don't need to go that far with it.
I just wanna little bit of color. I wanna have that sky a little bit darker to create some visual interest there. Now to see the before and after, just click on the toggle switch here. You can see that before and then now the after. And what's great about this, is it gives us this great ability to just make adjustments to certain areas with the Graduated Filter and then to protect other areas as well. So now that we've seen this introduction about how the Graduated Filter Brush works, let's take a look at a little bit more of a complicated example and we'll do that in the next movie.
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 02/05/2016. What changed?
A: We added one new movie, "Boundary Warp for better pano photos."
Q: This course was updated on 10/18/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover new localized masking, color masking on a landscape, luminance masking on a landscape, and localized masking.