Gradient Tool in LR


Lightroom Local Adjustments


Lesson Info

Gradient Tool in LR

So let's move on to the next tool not the red eye tool we're going to skip the red itele and we're going to go to the radiant tool now the grady a tool that the grady it tool, the radio filter and the brush all have the same general settings below them and they use each other's setting so you can go back and forth between all of them with the same settings. So let me go to a photo set that will work for this, so let me go down here and get, uh, let's go to our we're doing radiant, so we're gonna so let's look at some grady and ideas here so let's do this photo here and let's go into the grady int and in the great and you can see that I've already done one here in the corner, so I mean delete it and show you see how that's a little bright there so we don't want that to be so bright because it takes too much of our eye away from the photo itself. So I'm going to go to let me zoom in here so you can see the settings that I'm going to use first off inside of all three of these, so I mean, ...

I'm gonna explain the whole set up here and it's the same in all three so you can see from the rail that's the same if I'm in the if I'm in the er if I'm in the brush see there how they're the same there so all of these are the same so using the same tools so inside of the grady in't at the very top there is a new and an edit if you click knew you will create a brand new pin or a new grady in't same with a brush, a new brush or if you're in the radial tool a new radio filter so once you created something, so if I just dragged this and create one see now I'm editing that one seal that that little pin is black that means I'm editing it so anything that I do too if I darkened lighten it, changing that after the fact but if I want to start on a new one I will click on new and now that one see how it's gray that means I'm no longer editing it and I'm creating a new one and now if I want to work on this one, I click on this one and work on it if I click on this one I worked on that and then to delete him you just hit the delete key and that will delete your radiance okay, so that's what that is up there right below it is a thing that says effect and the effect has presets so the same kind of pre sets that you would be using over on the left hand side to, like globally change a photograph, you also have presets inside of this area so that you can stop sliding because presets or just sliding sliders, that's all they do there's no rocket science to a preset it's just I'm sliding sliders to a specifics position that's it what you do with the positions that can do some cool, tricky stuff, but it's just sliding sliders to a position, what we're going to do is we're going to make a fax hear that air just presets see that? So all of those presets are going to slide sliders into very specific positions. So if I click on zero zero reset all all of these get reset to zero if I click on burn one stop, you can see that the exposure went down one stop not a lot of rocket signs there. Now you can do some other things that get trickier, like, for instance, if you wanted to say smart dodge now see how things did a lot of tricky stuff. So there are reasons that we, you know, do the things that we do, but if I just want to do burn one stop, it just does something very simple ok, so we're going to start using that and you can see that you've got access to a lot of the controls inside of light room the temperature intent are really, really cool the fact that you can actually change the temperature intent of the raw data in a very specific spot inside of your photo is huge because now if you have let's say you have a sunset and the sunset looks magnificent but the person's skin is too orange because the sun is also hitting their skin well now you can make a temperature for the sunset and a temperature for their skin so and we're going to cover all three of these things while we work on this one photo so I'm going to zoom out so you can see the whole photo and I'm going to just do a burn one stop and burn in this area here that's all I need to do there and then I want to make this sky much more rich. So the next thing I'm going to do is I'm going to go down and I'm going to use my blue sky burn and that's going to I'm going to start from the top with a grady int where you click is the beginning that's one hundred percent and then as you drag it goes to zero percent yeah, you know because oh you're right very good point burn one stop so now it's burned one stop do you see what just happened though I decided to go to too fast and I did my blue sky burn and when I did that it changed all of these things and it ruined that one, so you're absolutely right you have to and I totally did not so thank you so I do my one stop burn oh that's you know that go burn burner one stopped there and then I'm going to click knew and now I click on uh blues guy burn right there now once I've clicked on blue sky burn and let's grab it here and drag down look at that and that pretty so I really made that better but watch see how she is darkening too because she's getting the blue sky burn on her we don't want that so now what we're going to do is we're going to go back and change her by clicking on the brush by click on the brush notice that all of these setting state exactly the same so if I want to like further burn around and whatever with same thing, so if I want to do a basic grady in and then add a little burned somewhere like let's say I wanted to keep burning right about here so that it, you know comes down closer to the edge here and that can do that and just target a little bit extra with the same tool same brush same everything but it's just now with the brush tool instead of with the grady and tool but then I can click on new and I'm going to go and reset everything and in this case I want to change her remember we're now working with raw data which means that aiken burn something with one tool and then un burning with the other tool and it's going toe take it back to normal it's not like photo shop where if you were to take something and burn it and then take something else and un burn it and then it's like keeps deteriorating because you keep messing with the pixels it's not like that what happens is the only time that the photo actually becomes a riel photo I always think of that like pinocchio like I'm a real boy right the only time that the photo actually becomes a riel a photograph is when it gets exported and when it gets exported what happens is light room looks back to the file the raw file and says ok here's what was captured and here are all the things that were done to each pixel over the course of time and here he burned a little bit but then he dodged it back out and then he burned and then he dodged it back out but in the end result it just was a net gain of like a positive too on the exposure and so that it takes that pixel and says positive too on exposure with a little extra blue and it puts that pixel where it's supposed to go and then it grabs the next pistol doesn't say anything and so it's it's just looking at the raw data plus and minus whatever you gave it until it gets the net result puts it into photograph so you don't lose anything by burning something and then un burning it so now I'm going to go into this area here so I'm gonna zoom into her and I mean look at her and say ok see how dark and her up I'm going to just lighten her back up so I'm going to take my pen and I'm going to say, ok, I need something and in this case because we did very tricky stuff and we you know, we might have to we're gonna warm her back up because we don't want her to be cool and we're going to bring up the exposure just a little bit and we're going to paint that in so we're just seeing I'm painting back in and I'm bringing back her former glory all right? I'm just gonna keep painting, keep painting, keep painting and the great thing is that I can overstep my bounds and doom or than I should and because this is non destructive editing I can come in and I can fix it later so I can say ok I wantto know brighten her up here a little bit and now if I zoom back out see now she's got that same glow she had before but and that burn is now going behind her basically in a sense so now we've used both tools in tandem with each other to make sure that the perfect grading now I can get this I can go back to my grady int and I can choose this grady and I could play around with this some more and say ok, well I wanted to be a little bit bluer I wanted to be less blue or whatever and I want to you know change the highlights bring the highlights up a little bit more and take the shadows down a little bit more because I've got the specific information now as to where I want it and then I could come back into the brush and say but I want her not to be quite as bright and I'm going to take the shadows up a little bit because I want to fill in the shadows that are happening there and I want to take the clarity down just a little bit so softens up her skin just a little and now when I zoom in and look at what's going on with her she looks quite nice

Class Description

Jared Platt takes you beyond the basic adjustments, curves, noise reduction, and effects in the Lightroom Develop module into the local adjustment tools panel in Adobe Lightroom.

Learn how to repair and edit your images, burn and dodge, and create stunning effects on your raw images without ever leaving Lightroom. Jared will show you the most efficient and powerful ways to make your photos pop.

Software Used: Adobe Lightroom 5