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Selective Edit Tool Functions Part 3

Lisa Carney

Mobile Photography: Day for Night Effect

Lisa Carney

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5. Selective Edit Tool Functions Part 3

Lesson Info

Selective Edit Tool Functions Part 3

I'd like to use this dark image to show you some selective edit basics. So if I slide on over to the selective edit and I do a radio gradient. I'm gonna just for this demonstration do a very uh big exposure change. Do you realize when you are on the selective edit? I can click on the button for the radio gradient. And if I go to the feather right now the feathers set 50 47. If I slide down it will actually change that gradient. If I slide up it will soften it. This is done even after you've drawn the gradient, which is pretty cool. Also you can invert it at any point. How cool is that? You can also of course click and drag and pull it out. Did you also know you can use the eraser? So I'm gonna take the eraser. And now when you're using the eraser I have choices of how big my brushes do. I have? A tiny brush. Do have a big brush. Do I have a feathered brush? Is it a hard edge brush? Or is it a soft edge brush? And then there's opacity or flow. How much? Like is it a light erase or are y...

ou going to raise heavy? So I'm going to use a heavy so you'll see it. I'm on the eraser, you can tell by the blue line here and I'm just going to click and drag and I can erase out that effect. You also have the undo which makes you go back to where you just were. So even within the selective edit there are revisions you can make, let's do this, let's go ahead and trash that the gradient is selected. You can tell because of the blue pin and if I hit the trashcan it will just go away. I'm going to add a new gradient. I'm going to add a linear gradient and again, just for this demo, I'm going to do a high exposure so you can see it, you see the gradients off on the left. If I click on that now I can refine it now. This time I can only refine it by feather, pardon me erasing it or changing the gradient. That's those are my only two choices here. Again, the size of the eraser scroll up to get big scroll down to get small, the feather of said eraser and of course the flow. How much flow you have. So now I've got my gradient there. I'm just going to click and drag just so you can see this is how you can refine your mass a gradient, a linear gradient, a radial gradient or even a paintbrush. So I'm going to delete that again, the icon is a square peg so you can tell it's a linear gradient and if I hit the trash can it'll go away. Now I'm going to paint brush now on the paintbrush when you paint you've got a brush size already. I'm gonna trash that. If I do it again you can click the size of your brush first if you'd like again up and down, feather up or down and flow. So for this one I'm gonna do a kind of a hard edge again just so you can see it. And I'm going to click and drag and I'm gonna do a light exposure so you can see it now. If I click on that icon for the brush for refinement and I go to feather or if I go to opacity, do you see? It does nothing. It's already drawn. So because it's already drawn, you're not going to get to change. It doesn't work the same as the linear or radial gradient. I just want to point out those differences.

Class Description


  • Utilize Lightroom Mobile to create dramatic, dark evening looks.
  • Dive deep into the Selective Edit module in Lightroom to control highlights, shadows, texture, clarity and create cool lighting effects.
  • Look at different 3rd party apps to add lighting and weather elements to better enhance your images.


Dramatic nighttime shots can be a challenge to pull off with current mobile photography. In this course you will discover clear methods for making fantastic evening shots using Lightroom Mobile premium and a variety of other 3rd party apps.


  • Intermediate users who already have a basic understanding of Lightroom, Lightroom Mobile.
  • Portrait, Editorial, Landscape and travel photographers taking advantage of the expediency of mobile editing, while looking to create sophisticated imagery.
  • Anyone who doesn’t want to shoot at night, but would still like to create night photography.


Lightroom Mobile v6 premium
Lens Distort app


Lisa Carney is a high end retoucher who has spent over two decades working with the most dynamic players in the print, motion picture, and television industries.

Besides being a regular presenter at the Adobe MAX conference, her teaching roster runs the gamut from beginners to professional retouchers, and includes universities, design studios, movie studios, corporations, and private students.

Lisa has worked with all major movie studios and many television networks including Disney, Buena Vista, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Sony, Universal, Newline, Columbia, MGM, ABC Television, ESPN, TNT, CNN, CBS, CW, Warner Brothers and Sony.

Advertising credits include Burger King, Baskin-Robbins, Lowes, Jordana Cosmetics, Strategic Perceptions, Mattel, Chrysler, Mercedes, Mazda and Best Buy.

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nancy brindisi

I was so excited to be able to take this last course in the Mobile Photography series and as usual Lisa Carney did not disappoint! I just love her teaching style. She is relaxed, friendly and down to earth. She relates her techniques and processes in plain non techy talk and demonstrates it so you can follow along and learn. I have been a user of Photoshop and Lightroom Classic and now LR Mobile is my go to for most of my post processing work. I also learned about some great new apps for my iPhone and who knew you can take pictures through LR Mobile! Thank you Lisa for putting together this mobile series!

Kenny Felix

Solid start to my Wednesday, Thank you for great job hosting Kate Dessa. Lisa Carney always gives everything she has in all her tutorials/webinars I have experienced. She continues to "give" and "share" her knowledge and true passion for her craft with everyone, thank you both for this mornings kickoff!

david gillespie

Love Lisa's energy and excitement. The course is well laid out and easy to follow. I recommend this course.