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Camera Raw: Radial Filter

Lesson 44 from: Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training

Mark Wallace

Camera Raw: Radial Filter

Lesson 44 from: Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training

Mark Wallace

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44. Camera Raw: Radial Filter

Mark demonstrates how to use radial filters to make local adjustments to an image. Mark will explain how he uses Radial Filters for “luminosity focusing”.


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Camera Raw: Radial Filter

the third tool in our toolbox of local adjustments that share common features is the radial adjustment tool. And so what we're gonna do here is uh this image that we just worked on in the last session I'm gonna hit, okay, that's going to take it back into Photoshop. And then what I want to do is I want to go back to a mech this image here and then I'm going to double click on that layer and that's gonna jump us right back into adobe camera raw. Now notice a few things on the right hand side here we see we have little dots that show us that we've made adjustments to our graduated filter to our local adjustment to our spot removal and our crop. We've made adjustments to all of those different areas. Those little dots mean something. And what we want to do is now we want to go in and choose our radio filter. Once again notice that the radio filter has the same flavor, the same tools, the same selective edits that we saw before and the graduated filter and the adjustment brush, we've got t...

his filter that we can use and we've got a brush to brush on or brush off the areas that we've changed. They all share the same common tools. So what I want to do here is first I want to go up to the adjustment brush and I want to delete this adjustment that I made to Amex face. So I'm gonna take that off. So we're going to do that in a different way. So now what we're going to do is we're gonna use a radio filter. What is a radio filter while the radio filter is just a filter that supplied inside a an oval or a circle, something that has a radius. And so what we can do here is we can choose our feather, that's how much of an edge is gonna be soft or hard. And then we click and drag out this shape so it can be skinny, can be long, it can be tall, it can be round, so you just drag it on and then in the center, then you drag it where you want it to go. So I want this to be on Adam's face. I can make this a little bit more oval. I can move this down a little more so you can change the shape of this by clicking on these little boxes simpler, similar to a bounding box that we saw earlier. So now I've highlighted Adam's face here. I'm gonna feather this to see exactly how much of this is being affected. I can turn on the mask option to see that, you can see that we have her entire face is illuminated and now I can change the exposure over or under and I can do things that are just applied to her face. Now if I don't want to see this little box while I'm making adjustments I can turn off the overlay so I can click that and now I can make adjustments and see exactly what we have. I can maybe change your skin tone to be a little bit warmer, something like that. I can change the shadows, make that a little brighter, bring the highlights down. Whatever I want to do to just this area, it's a local adjustment. Maybe this uh this amulet right here, This necklace, it's a little bit too bright for me. That's okay. What I'm going to do is I have my radio filter, I'm going to turn on my overlay so you can see this. We don't have to get a new brush. We can just drag on a new, accidentally touched that. Just drag on a new filter. So I'm gonna go in here, I'm gonna drag this over um lit and then I'm going to just shape this so it matches to the best of my ability. Okay, so we have something that's pretty darn close. What I want to do is take that exposure down or up and you can see here how that feather is too much. So I can take the feather down. Maybe make it just like that and you can do something. So maybe I can take the whites down whatever I want to do. So I can change just that little area of the image, you get the idea so I can do adjustments there. If I want to change her face again, I can click on that, I can click on this. Maybe I have this little square here that I don't like, I want to change that, I can go down here and make an adjustment there. I can do different things, I don't like that. Probably I use a brush But I do want to show you one thing that is really important. So I'm gonna take the exposure on this little area right here, down to about three and we have something called invert that we can use on these filters. So what if I want everything outside of this to be affected not inside. Well right up here on my radio filter, I have this invert and now everything outside is underexposed by three stops and everything inside is left alone or I can invert that again. Also we have the ability to paint on or off in these. So if I want to paint off on this filter, make that squarish instead of round, I can just painting that away. And so all of these tools behave in similar ways. Okay, now that we know about these local adjustments, let's talk about one thing that's annoying to everyone and that is red eye in our photos and the way that we can correct that instantly

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Mark did a great job at explaining things and going over them multiple times throughout the lessons. My only issue was that sometimes it went a little faster than I could keep up and I needed to rewind it a bit and start again. But from someone who has never worked in photoshop before I 100% recommend this class to anyone trying to learn.

Terri Schwartz

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