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Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 108 of 116

Gradient Tool


Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 108 of 116

Gradient Tool


Lesson Info

Gradient Tool

we're going to go beyond the brush tool into the Grady Int and the Grady. It you'll notice, has exactly the same tools in it. So it's just like it's. So if you've learned how to use the brush tool, you will also know how to use the Grady int tool. The only difference is that instead of brushing something in, you are creating ingredients. So I'm gonna grab up here and drag down, And I've just created a Grady int that 100% way up here at the top. That's 100% of whatever I'm doing and at the bottom is 0%. And Aiken grab on the middle and twisted around, I can expand it. Oops, I can expand it by grabbing the bottom line and expanding it, or I can move it and bring it in closer and further out. So now what I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna take this and bring in the highlights and bring the shadows. So I'm closing, getting in a little bit darker right there, and then I could do the same thing here and drag another one and notice that the second when I'm dragging, has the same settings is the 1...

st 1 So it's actually quite easy to just grab a number of these and just drag him in and create kind of a natural vignette. And speaking of natural vignettes, if I go beyond the Grady Int tool and I go to the radial filter tool, I can do the same thing. But just with a radio filter. So I'm gonna bring the exposure way down so you can see this. I'm gonna click on this and drag, and you can see how it's burning her face. But if I go and invert it so there's a little tool right here under the main Grady in effects. I can click on Invert, and now it's Everything outside of that circle is being affected and I can change the feather so there's no feather or a lot of feather, and then I could just take the exposure back out, and I can kind of just play with it. And actually, what I want toe happen is I wanted to have a little bit less contrast out there and maybe even a little less saturation. Um, and I want to take the clarity and not the clarity the D A's down, so I actually see I'm kind of lightening it up and making it a little bit foggy out there, So that's pretty cool. And I can then move this around until I have this centered exactly where I want it. And now I've done something completely different by creating a natural, uh, vignette. But it's a light vignette. Um, and I've done that with the radial filter. So if you get to know the controls inside of the brush and the Grady Int and the radio filter, they're all the same. The only difference is that inside of the radio filter or the Grady int, there's also an option to brush so you can go up to the top here, Um, right next to where you chose the radio grading and there's a brush option. You click on that brush option. You can then take a brush, and you can either add to the effect so I can kind of pain in these areas that weren't affected by the brush or I can erase from that area. So I'm erasing out the effect right here that's closer to the camera, and I'm that way. It's not hitting her hair, and it's not hitting her skin. So I now have mawr oven amoebic shape of If I hover over, see how I've got. It's not just a circular shape, it's actually exactly the way I want it to be. But I did the bulk of it with a Grady int or a radio grade in or the brush itself. So if you use these target, order these local adjustment settings, you can do a lot to your photograph and never even have to go to photo shop because you have the ability to not only do the global work inside of light room desktop, but you can also do that stuff burning and dodging and and a little bit of skins moving with the local adjustment brushes.

Class Description

All lessons are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Efficiently cull and retouch photographs
  • Manage your files to enable seamless and immediate recall
  • Get your computer and software to run faster
  • Create impressive photo books and slideshows
  • Take advantage of global adjustments
  • Improve your mobile workflow with both your iPhone and iPad
  • Deliver and share your images directly from Lightroom


Adobe® Lightroom® is the industry standard for post-production workflow and in Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide, you’ll learn Jared Platt’s gold standard for retouching and managing files quickly and efficiently.

Jared will show the ins and outs of Lightroom Classic, Lightroom Mobile, and Lightroom Desktop. He’ll demystify the difference between each and demonstrate when to use each one for maximum output.

Jared will share tips on improving every phase of your workflow – from shooting to archiving. You’ll learn how to take advantage of the latest Lightroom tools and features and become faster and more skilled at adjusting your images.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Lightroom
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Lightroom and learn new features to help edit photos
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Lightroom fixes


Adobe Lightroom Classic 9.2
Adobe Lightroom Desktop 3.2
Adobe Lightroom Mobile 5.2


Jared Platt is a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. Jared holds a Masters of Fine Arts in the Photographic Studies and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University and has been a professional photographer and college educator for the past 12 years and has been a speaking, debating and lecturing for the past 17 years. His attention to detail and craft make him a demanding photography instructor. Jared has lectured at major trade shows and photo conferences as well as at universities around the world on the subject of photography as well as workflow. Currently, Jared is traveling the United States and Canada teaching and lecturing on photography and post production workflow. Join him online for monthly "Office Hours" at


  1. Differences Between Lightroom Desktop and Lightroom Classic
  2. Hard Drives
  3. File Organization
  4. 30,000 Foot View of Workflow
  5. Importing into Lightroom
  6. Building Previews
  7. Collections and Publish Services
  8. Keywords
  9. Hardware for Lightroom
  10. Searching for Images
  11. Selecting Images
  12. Organizing Images
  13. Collecting Images for Use
  14. Develop Module Overview
  15. Profiles
  16. Basic Adjustments
  17. Basics Panel: Texture, Clarity, and Dehaze
  18. Basics Panel: Saturation and Vibrance
  19. Tone Curve
  20. HSL
  21. Split Tone
  22. Lens Corrections
  23. Details
  24. Transform Tool
  25. Effects Panel
  26. Synchronizing for Faster Editing
  27. Spot Tool
  28. Skin Softening and Brush Work
  29. Range Masking
  30. Dodge and Burn
  31. Working with Specific Colors
  32. Edit Quickly with Gradient Filters
  33. Making Presets
  34. Preparing Image in Lightroom
  35. Content Aware Fill
  36. Skin Repair
  37. Skin Smoothing
  38. Expanding a Canvas
  39. Liquify
  40. Layers and Composite Images
  41. Sharing via Web
  42. Exporting Files
  43. Sharing with Slideshows
  44. Archiving Photos and Catalogs
  45. Designing
  46. Making Prints
  47. Color Management and Profiles
  48. Archiving Photos and Catalogs
  49. Using Cloud Storage
  50. Adding Images to your Portfolio
  51. Collecting for Your Portfolio
  52. Publishing Unique Websites Per Project
  53. Sharing to Instagram
  54. HDR
  55. Panorama
  56. HDR Panorama
  57. Making Presets
  58. Creating Profiles
  59. Maps
  60. Setup for Tethered Shooting
  61. Sharing with the Client
  62. Watched Folder Process
  63. Second Monitor and iPad
  64. Backup at the Camera
  65. Gnar Box Disk Backup
  66. iPhone and iPad Review
  67. Importing to Lightroom on iPad
  68. Cloud Backup
  69. Adjust, Edit, and Organize
  70. Using Lightroom Between Devices
  71. Lightroom Desktop
  72. Removing Images from the Cloud
  73. Profiles
  74. Light
  75. Color
  76. Effects
  77. Details
  78. Optics
  79. Geometry
  80. Crop
  81. Adding and Using Presets and Profiles
  82. Local Adjustments
  83. Healing Tool
  84. Synchronizing Edits
  85. Editing in Photoshop
  86. Finding Images
  87. Sharing and Exporting Albums on the Web
  88. Posting Images to Social Media
  89. Overview of Lightroom Desktop
  90. The Workflow Overview
  91. Organizing Images
  92. Albums and Shared Albums
  93. Lightroom Desktop Workspace Overview
  94. Importing and Selecting Images
  95. HDR and Panoramics
  96. Light
  97. Profiles
  98. Tone Curves
  99. Color
  100. Effects
  101. Details
  102. Optics
  103. Geometry and Crop Tool
  104. Sync Settings
  105. Making and Adding Presets
  106. Healing Brush
  107. Brush Tool
  108. Gradient Tool
  109. Edit in Photoshop
  110. Finding Images with Sensei
  111. Sharing Albums on the Web
  112. Print through Photoshop
  113. Exporting Images to Files or Web Services
  114. Connecting with Lightroom Classic and Mobile Devices
  115. Archiving Images for Storage
  116. Review of the Workflow



Thorough but very easy to follow. I've noticed a significant improvement in my work since starting this course a couple weeks ago, and I'm also spending noticeably less time editing my photos. I appreciate that it's up-to-date as of October, 2020, so the info is current (I wish CL would take down some of the older courses, since software changes make some of them obsolete).

Kyosa Canuck

I hate to say this is a repetitive class due to covering much of the same things in each LR app. I appreciate Ben's classes better but this does give different perspectives. Also, Ben knows better than to use the word "super" let alone use it 10+ times per lesson.

Kayode Olorunfemi

I have been using lightroom for upwards of 6years and I still found this course incredibly useful. It can be useful learning through desperate tutorials online, but having a course that ties everything together, coupled with foundation principles, is invaluable.