Radial Filters in LR


Lightroom Local Adjustments


Lesson Info

Radial Filters in LR

So I want to show you one of my favorite things to do with uh the radio filter so let's go to all right so let's just say I'm I want to work on this photograph here and I've got two people in and I want both of their faces toe be brighter and you know you ever done a family portrait and there's like one person the back and his faces too dark and there's like someone over here that's faces to every else is fine but there's like two or three people that need of face brightening right? So radio filled is great for that because it's just it's a perfect little oval so if I come over to my presets here I created a preset along we see where it is I don't even know where it is well I'll make a new one I'll show you the process of making the preset so watch this I click on my grady are my radio filter and I'm just going to say I want this to be a positive exposure of about two thirds of stop um and that's all I need I mean in birthday masks so it's putting it inside the circle and then I'm just...

going to go over to a space and I'm going to brighten up this face see that and then I'm going to do another one here brighten up her face because they're following the same thing here okay, so now that I've got that they're too bright they're obviously too bright but aiken you know, bring them down to say you know point for that that's pretty good so point four let's make them both the same so his point for two okay, so now they're both the same it brightened up their face a little bit perfect and you could do all sorts of other stuff to these you could you know at a little bit of clarity or you can have a little contrast to make sure that the black areas on their face kind of push back down so that they don't get too bright I like doing that so let's do a fifteen on the contrast on this one too so that the same ok, so now that I've got that if I am a family portrait photographer and I constantly have situations where I've got to add a couple little brightness spots on people, all I need to do is come over here and hit plus on the priest that area and I'm going to call this two faces uh point four brightness and then when you look in here there's different options when you create a preset and we'll talk more about making presets for the developed module tomorrow but today we're just going to talk about this because it it relates to the radio filter but inside of a preset when you're creating a preset you can choose what folder you're gonna put it in, so I'm going to put it that's where I put it on the radio filters folder, so I'm going to put in the radio filter folders and I'm on gonna check none on this. You have to have the process version on because, like five is the only place this exists, so you want to force people into the right process version for this to happen, but secondly, you want to click on radio filters once you do that and hit create you now have a preset that literally will add those so let's just say that I don't have those so let's reset this whole tool, so we don't have those and I come upon this photo and I'm like, oh, that would be great to have those, you know, two faces, so you go to your rail filters and you say two faces, click on it and there they are and then if the faces and you just grab him and move him around, grabbed this woman, move it to where you want and twist it and you're done. If it happened to be three faces, click on the three face one and now you've got three of them here's the first one here is the second one, so we'll do the first one on him here and we'll do this one here on her and then we'll take this one and we'll put it on her bag and there we go or you could delete it because you don't have a third face so you can create little tiny radio filters and just say, oh, canada to face a three face of one face in a twelve face one, you know, and then click on him, and then they're all there, and you just have to move him into the spots where they exist. So that's a really interesting way to use those. Now, I want to show you an even more interesting way to use those the radio filter, which is I have this I love this photograph. Um, so you had a question. Okay, having preset slows down light room, could you have a pre set that's just one or two faces and then duplicate them? Absolutely, yeah, you can have a two face, sir, and then as soon as you bring those up, if you need another one, I'll show you really quickly. Let me just, uh, if I was brightening up their faces, see that right there I've brighten them up, but I also want to brighten the flowers we'll have to do is right, click it and duplicate it and then dragged the resulting one over and now her flowers or brighter and I can just hit the shift key and dragged that down until it's the right size and stick it there so yeah, you can absolutely duplicate one and just keep duplicating it, moving it all right so we have brightened up their faces but let's click on new and we're going to create a new one I love this shot, but I wish that it was a little softer I want that toe have a little bit like a selective focus field and so what I'm going to do is I'm going to use the radio filter to create that so I'm gonna take the radio radio filter turn it on, let me zoom in and show you what I'm going to do with this I'm gonna all the exposure everything needs to be zero and then I'm going to take my clarity down I'm going to take my contrast or his guns they are contrast down a little bit and I'm going to take my sharpness way down so I've done all of that and now I'm going to zoom back out so that you can see what I do and I'm going to click on them and go like that now see see how it blurred them that's because I have the mass converted over here so un invert the mask did you see what just happened? Watch turned this on enough watch the window of the car see how it gets out of focus but they're in focus so I just I just have to target them and then I can twist this however I wanted so if I target if I twist it this way and make it a little thinner then they will be in focus and everything else will it'll just get worse and worse and like less and less focused on the way out and so it just gives it a softer nicer field and then if I want to I can further increase the effect of that by great grabbing the grady and notice that the grady int look at this as soon as I went over to this one the grady in all the effects are exactly the same because they all work in tandem with each other and so now I can grab the grady and go like this and it's even doing mohr so I can really blur that out and then I can blur this out a little bit more and blow this out a little bit more to so now it's intensified that effect so that in the end our photo is very see how it's soft and it gets sharp as it gets to them so that's a really good use for the radio filter any questions out there? One was from alfred myers who this one had a couple votes to is there a difference between light rooms performance doing local adjustments using the different tools so for instance, let's say we could use the radio filter or the brush tool to achieve what we want for the same task would light room perform better one way or the other? Not necessarily the only place that light room starts to slow down when you're using these targeted adjustments the one tool that really does slow light room down is the spot tool if you use the spot tool unlike if you start to use a spot to on like a senior who needs some real acne work and you you're doing it to this photo and then to the next photo and then to the next photo and then to the next photo light room had to copy all that information raw data and move it over and it's keeping track of all these points and it's getting really bogged down by it and so it will start to slow down. You'll start after like the twelve photo you'll start to see that it's like a starts coughing and sputtering if you're doing a lot of them saying things true, if you have a really messy chip on your camera and so it's just dust all over the place a tw that point and start to chug on that stuff to s o you kind of have to be careful if you're in a position where it's you're doing a heavy amount of retouching on somebody you're going to see light room slow down that's the time where photo shop is more valuable to do that kind of stuff and it's actually faster to use photoshopped to remove fifty blemishes then it is to use light room but it's faster to use light room to remove one or two blemishes than it is to go to photo shop so it's like you have to figure out where that that delineation between saving time and wasting time is and it's it's somewhere after about four five blemishes you know once you get into like really heavy blemishes photo shops better at doing that than it is to stay in light room. So diane thompson asked how do I clear just one step in my history without resetting my picture back to the original file? Your history in light room has on lee the option of going one step back at a time and so it's very easy to go into your history so you do that over on the left hand side underneath all of your presets and you can go back one step in history at a time like this however you cannot go from this step and skip over these steps and get rid of this step but you know, keep the other steps that you just did you can't do that light room is not sophisticated enough to do that you can create snapshots that will take you back and forth in time, but they're very much like the snapshots and photo shop, which means you're going to go back to wherever you were at that point photo shop has the ability to use what's called the you can paint it zits like a history brush tool, and you can paint back in one little area back to this state in history, so that's, really useful lightning doesn't have that ability, eso at that point you would need to be in photo shop to get that. However, that being said, if you design your presets well and if you separate, especially when we're talking about working in in localized adjustments when you're localizing your adjustments, just make sure that when you burn something, you burn that area and then create a new pin to burn the next area and then create a new pin to burn the next area. That way, if you need to adjust something that you did five history steps ago, you can just click on the pin that you need to just and readjust that one pin or delete that one pin there's your true history eso anybody who goes in and burns with one pin does all they're burning negates their ability to do that, so so use more pins.

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