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Camera Raw: Radial Filter

Mark Wallace

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

Class Description


  • Navigate and customize the Photoshop interface.
  • Edit images using non-destructive techniques.
  • Use layers and layer masks to create composite images.
  • Retouch portraits using advanced retouching techniques.
  • Develop scenic photos using tonal and color correction techniques.


The perfect workshop series for Adobe Photoshop beginners. This class assumes that you are new to Photoshop and want to learn how to retouch and adjust your images.

This workshop is a comprehensive overview ofAdobe Photoshop. By the end of this workshop you’ll have the skills you need to edit your images using Photoshop.

These sessions are jam packed with hands-on activities which allow you to learn by doing. Sample files are included with the workshop so you can follow along with hands-on exercises.

The sessions begin with a solid foundation and add new techniques and principles until you have mastered your post-production workflow.

By the end of this workshop you’ll have a clear understanding of the Adobe Photoshop interface, and the most commonly used tools. You’ll be able to edit scenic and portrait photos. You’ll have a solid understanding of color correction and skin retouching.

This workshop has everything you need to master Adobe Photoshop.


  • Photographers with little or no experience with Photoshop.
  • Photographers with limited or no experience with Lightroom or other post-production software.
  • Portrait photographers who want to know how to do basic skin retouching.
  • Scenic photographers who want to know how to do basic color and tonal corrections.
  • Photographers who want to know how to do basic compositing.


Adobe Photoshop 2021
Adobe Bridge 2021
Adobe Creative Cloud (all apps)


Mark Wallace is a photographer based in the United States. Best known for his web-based video series Digital Photography One on One and Exploring Photography sponsored by Adorama.

Millions of people have watched Mark’s videos on YouTube, and the numbers continue to grow. Mark has a strong social media following on Facebook and Twitter, where he spends time interacting with viewers and workshop attendees.

In 2014, Mark left the United States to embark on a 2-year worldwide adventure. He visited 28 countries and captured thousands of unique photographs across the globe.

In 2016 Mark decided to give up planes, trains, and automobiles and is now exploring the world on his motorcycle.

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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.