The Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush in Lightroom

April 01, 2016

The Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush in Lightroom

If you've used Lightroom at all to edit your photos, you already know how easy it is to make overall image adjustments for exposure, color, contrast, highlights, etc. But did you know that Lightroom can also make these kind of adjustments in specific areas of your image?

Both the Adjustment Brush and the Graduated Filter let you make the same kind of edits that are available in Lightroom’s Basic panel. But unlike the Basic panel adjustments which apply to the whole image, changes made with the Adjustment Brush and the Graduated Filter effect just a particular area of your photo. And, just like all of the edits in Lightroom, these changes are nondestructive.

In other words, the Adjustment Brush and the Graduated Filter let you correct and adjust exposure, contrast, color, tone, temperature, highlighting, etc., over just the areas of your image that need it.

They’re crazy powerful tools and ones that you are going to want to learn about.

So to that end…

In the video below, Julieanne Kost, Adobe Digital Imaging Evangelist, walks you through how to use both the Adjustment Brush and the Graduated Filter. It’s a great video with lots of information. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Check it out:

By the way, Julieanne is a great instructor and her Lightroom and Photoshop videos are some of the best out there. If you don’t already, I highly recommend following her blog.




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