Tag: Radial filter

Change the mood with the Lightroom Radial Filter tool

The Lightroom Radial Filter tool is new in Lightroom 5, and it can quickly transform the appearance of your pictures. You use it to create an elliptical shape which protects the centre of the image and changes the appearance of the outer areas. It might sound like a glorified vignette tool for drawing attention to the focal point of your picture, but that’s just a simple example. You can be a lot more creative than this, and I’m going to use it to change the whole feel of this picture. This is the ‘before’ shot. I’ve already boosted the saturation and...

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Using Lightroom 5’s Radial Gradient tool

The editing tools in Lightroom 5 are steadily improving to the point where many photographers won’t need any other software for their day-to-day image enhancement, and the new Radial Gradient tool in the Develop module takes this one stage further. It offers a way to quickly highlight the focal point of your pictures, subdue backgrounds and improve the composition with a subtle (or not so subtle) framing effect. Incidentally, some of the most important new features in Photoshop CC are the extra editing tools in Adobe Camera Raw, which is also the processing engine behind Lightroom – so if...

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