Breaking down "Graduated Filters" In Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and how to use them effectively. | Lawrson Pinson | Skillshare

Breaking down "Graduated Filters" In Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and how to use them effectively.

Lawrson Pinson, Visual Artist & Photographer

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5 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction to Lesson

    • 2. Basics and Filter Movement

    • 3. Light Manipulation

    • 4. Shadows, Color & Mood

    • 5. Edit using only Graduated Filters & Closing


About This Class

In this Class Session, I would like to breakdown the core elects of "Graduated Filters" in Lightroom and how to use them to add exciting new features and possibilities to your photography. During this 4 part class I will be going over various ways to use this game changing tool and show you various ways to implement its many features. 

This first class is entirely free but to go more in-depth with the other tools in Lightroom I highly suggest subscribing to Skillshare for a Premium Membership to view my upcoming classes! YOU WONT REGRET IT! 


1. Introduction to Lesson: Hey, guys, this is Larson Pinson here and thank you for joining my skill share class. So for this lesson, we're going to be going over the graduated filter tool in Adobe Light room. This tool has changed the way I edit completely in this lesson. We're going to be going over how to use the tool, what the tool is in various ways. You could implement it in your photos. I can't wait to see you guys in class. And I'm eager to see what we learned together as we discover more and more about the graduated filter and adobe light room. 2. Basics and Filter Movement: the two we're going over today, guys, is the graduated filter, which is right here, this little rectangle. So basically what the graduated filter is it is a slider tool that you can slide over any portion of the photo and edit those portions of the photo. Let me show you exactly what I'm talking about here. So I click this graduated filter tool, right? And let's say I slided right here. So it's a slider tool. You can slide all the way across the photo slided here, slide another one here just by clicking different points of the photo. You just slide it over the photo. Pretty self explanatory, right? Pretty basic. But how to use the tool is really where it gets fun and where you can get creative with it . So I wanna show you guys the basics of this tool here first. So, basically, let's drag one here, right? So we have our first little graduated filter tool. Here are little filter going over the screen, right? So let's say we click this button down here, show selected mask overly. I click this button, and basically what this does is it shows everything that you're editing everything that is red. It's what's going to be affected with this tool or by this tool. Now, just keep in mind that if you drag it back, less is gonna be affected. If you drag it forward, more is gonna be affected. Now look at what I look what happens when I do this? I drag it here, and I see now everything over here from this fort on is being affected. Now let's say I drag it across here. Same thing, right? So everything in the red is going to be affected. Now you're probably wondering what's gonna be affected or how it will be. Changes, effects. We'll get into that here in a bit. So now let's say we click the graduated filter tool, right? We drag it across here, notice how the red is going on, Lee on this sites of our dragon back and forth, right? You kind of get the point of it. You can also rotate the tool. You can rotate it in a 3 60 degree angle, or you can move the dot, which is a selected, which is the actual indicator of where your graduated filter is. You can move it up and down, up and down doesn't really do much. I don't really move the dots up and down too much unless I want really, really specific, like subtle edits. But you can use it. It all depends on how you guys at it. So let's say let's bring this down here. Bring it down right here. All right, So now is covering everything from this point up. Bringing up it's going to cover less. So you see how it's basically just like gliding over the photo, and it just kind of leaves its mark over the photo wherever you Clyde it. So this tool is gonna take a lot of practicing and getting used to. But if you really just focus on the basics of it, you really will have an easy time with it. And I promise you guys, it will improve the way you shadows and lighting in your photo or other aspects. So now let's get into what we could do with a tool, right? That's what we're here for. Guys were hair. It's I get into what we can do with the tool. So let's see, here we click the rectangle right the which is the graduated filter, which is right here. We click it Now let's say we drag it across here and let's say we want this side of the photo Brighter, right? So everything in this little gray rectangle is what the graduated filter is affecting. So let's say I bring up the exposure. It does that or bringing down the highlights. It does that or I bring down the blacks, bring up the blacks. I can bring up the clarity. I can bring down the clarity. I can make it, the temperature different. I could make it warmer, make it cooler again to make it to a green temperature or a purple temperature. I could bring down the saturation. I could do anything in this box affecting with this or this tool is affecting anything I could do with this box here. So let's say I want to bring up to bring down the noise here, make a little more grainy, bring down the fringe. I can do all of this with this tool. So let's reset here 3. Light Manipulation : Let's say we look at this photo, right, and we see Hey, you know, there's some really nice lighting over here, but it's not enough. I want to bring that out. Well, you can do that with the graduated filter. So I click this graduated filter and I drag it across here and I bring up the exposure. And look what that does brings up the exposure. Now you're probably wondering, I like the exposure, but looks a little bit too harsh, right? Well, that's we can come down to another one of these little settings here and bring down the clarity, make a little softer, and you're like, Yeah, well, that's really clear. But it's not clear enough, right? Well, we can bring down D. Hayes and make it fuzzy, all right, where it makes a nice ambient light. We can repeat that process by keeping this one clicked over here, which, if you keep it clicked and you just drag another one without pressing done. Then you can replicate that same graduated filter so you can make copies of this same graduated filter by staying clicked on that one and just keep dragging. It's the same settings as we did on this one here. And so these dots here, guys, these dots here represent all the graduated filters you have on the photo. And so we have 12345 These dots indicate the graduated filter. So if I click this one, let's say, Hey, I like I like where this one's that. But I don't want the d. Hes on it. Let's bring Della de Hayes here and the clarity and will bring down the exposure. And look at that. It changed the whole aspect of that graduated filter. Let's say, Hey, I wonder that for another one, because I don't like the way the D. Hayes is working on this one. So we click this one here and we bring down the D A's or bringing up, bring up the clarity and we bring down the exposure and it kind of evens it out. Right. So let's say, Hey, you know, I like, I like what we're doing. Let's do it for another one. So it's. Click this one here and then bring it up, bring up the haze, bring up the clarity and look at that. Now it's looking more balanced, right? Just from the graduated filters. Now look at the before and after guys that we have so far very subtle changes, but very, very definite changes and recognizable changes. All right, just by using the graduated filter. Now, if you look over here, guys, we haven't even touched the exposure. The contrast, the highlights that shadows whites. We haven't even touched any of this. We've only been editing using the graduated filter. So let's say, hey, I want to change the whole tone of this photo, right? I want to make it more of an orange tone. But I only want to do that with the graduated filters. I'll show you how to do that. So we click the graduated filter, we leave these, right, and we're making a whole new one. So we're gonna go down here to color. All right, well, ground the color and let's click a peach color here, all right? And we're gonna drag it across the entire photo, and then we're gonna drag it across the other side. All right, We got some nice peach looks, but it's too little, too saturated, right? It's a little too much, little too strong. So let's click our previous graduated filter was quick, the graduate filter button and then one of the dots. And now let's see. It's a little bit too strong. That's that's not the dot Let's find the dot here. Okay, this is the dot Were re edit the peak because you see, right here, right on your bottom, right corner, right here. And so let's say we're going to bring it down a little bit, a little bit right here. Bring down the peach a little bit, and then we're gonna de saturated a little bit. He saturates about negative for now is to the same thing for the other graduated filter that has peach on it. And so we're gonna bring it down a little bit. It's about here and d saturate about negative for again. And so now we have created a mini tone, but it's like it's not standing out enough, right? So that's another filter, and we're going to go to color. And so Okay, guys, one thing I forgot to mention here is when you cook graduated filter. You can change what you want to affect specifically without going down through here. So let's say, for instance, you just want to change the clarity. You click on the effect tool right here, and you go to clarity in that automatically adjusted clarity for you. You can change up, you can go down. It depends on what you want to do. But just by clicking effect and what you want to effect, let's say, for instance, you want to only affect the shadows, and now it changes the shadows for you. This is basically a shortcut tool. If you don't want to, you know, do it manually. It kind of does it for you. See, when I drag it over here, it affects the shadows, and I just adjust the shadows accordingly. But it all depends on how you want to use it, so I don't really use the effect tool very much. I only go to exposure and, you know, adjusted from there, because it's kind of like a base ground for me or ground based for me. But it depends on how you want to use it. And so it just with editing guys with light room. It all depends on your workflow and how you like to use these tools to edit faster and more effectively 4. Shadows, Color & Mood: So let's look before and after what we have. All right, We're looking good, all right. It's brighter. We've got some color in it. We've brought the highlight in the cheeks, and we've brought out a little highly here. But it's not quite enough, guys, not quite enough here, Let's bring a little bit more. Let's click the graduated filter tool as we did. And let's bring the exposure up here and we'll bring some clarity into it and bring up the exposure right about here. So now we've We've brought out this natural light that's coming here. This is actually shot under a bridge, so there wasn't a lot of natural light. So now we, with the graduated filter to a we've been allowed to create our own natural lighting, which is really, really cool guys just by using this 11 tool. And so that 11 one tool was 11 that makes it too right? Ah, math. Okay, so let's see. Let's go in this tool here. So let's say when I had some blues to it, right? Weaken. Just a temperature right there. Black clicking this graduated filter and making a little blue sea when it had some blue here. Click on this filter and change in temperature down to about negative eight. All right. And so, guys, the graduated filter to like I said, Can you also be used to create shadows? And I'll show you how to do that? Because we've created light right here. Right now. Let's create some shadows. All right, let's get into the shadow part of it. So include the graduated filter tool. Here we go to exposure. Let's bring it down. All right, so we're gonna make a shadows. Make one down here, right there. You see how it got a little darker here but sued over here? She better example. And now, if I wanted break this completely black can, I could bring up Oregon making a little dark to create some shadows. Oregon, bring a shadow across the whole photo to make the thing met from the thing. The photo. A little bit overall. Darker. All right, so let's see right there. That's a good even balance for me personally. Guys wanna edit photos. I like to strive for some type of balance, especially when it comes to lighting. Lighting is very tricky. And so sometimes you can't shoot and always the best conditions. Not all of us have, like these fancy studio lights, and you know all these different type of lightings who you know, manipulate or we don't even we don't all shoot like during golden hour, when the light of soft sometimes yet to shoot when it's rainy, when it's cold and there's no lighting. So thes editing tools allow you to make some better lighting. Now let's say we want to make the whole thing softer right so often times when we shoot in , you know, midday or when it's overcast, you get a lot of grain because you're you're forced to compensate your eyes so with your aperture and showed us. But you have to bounce all three out to make a clear shot, right, But sometimes the ice so just isn't high enough, so you have to boost up, and that creates grain. Well, to get rid of this grain, what I often do, which luckily I didn't have much grain in this photo here. But what I often do is bring a tool across here, and I keep the exposure just about a normal length, and then I bring down the clarity, which makes it a little softer suit that doesn't have makes it really soft, and you can make it really harsh. So let's make it really soft and let's bring another one cross here as such. And now the photo looks a little bit softer, right? So we got, you know, up to zoomed in here. Let's change. Zoom in right there. All right, so now you know, we've got some different aspects of it that looks a little bit softer. The photo looks brighter, it's softer, It has some lighting, and it looks overall better Onley by using the graduated filter tools. Guys, we haven't even touched these other settings. So what? These other cities we can change the blacks we can change. You know, the whites weakened shadows can increase. Once you go to these other settings. It's like you edited twice, right? That's another whole layer to the entire photo 5. Edit using only Graduated Filters & Closing: So we click our favorite tool, guys, the graduated filter. And so we're gonna go across here. Let's make it the whole thing brighter, right? Make it the whole thing brighter. That grammar is fantastic. All right, so it's make it right here. All right, We're gonna bring it up right here and make a little brighter here. Now, we're only gonna edit using these four tools that we already have on the image. Right, These dots. So I'm gonna click the dot here, and I'm gonna bring down the clarity. Make a little softer click this dot Here, bring down the clarity. Make a little softer to start here, Bring down the clarity, making a little softer so you could see who already have a much softer image than we had before previously. And it's a little bit brighter. Okay? And so now, guys, we see this light over here, right? See how it's like more. He's now. It's more bright over here than over here, so I want to use that. Let's say we picked this guard ready. Filter here. Public the exposure just over here, and we drag it across here. All right, so let's say we make this bright a little too bright, Too much making here. So exposure is gonna be doing too much of a heart change to it. So let's go to the D. Hayes. Make it a little misty right there. Now, you see, I would make this makes this nice, Miss defectors like I like that. Right. Let's drag one across here, make it a little misty. And now we can bring down the shadows to kind of balance things out, and the blacks account balances out. And let's bring another one across here, guys, you can also bring these filters always from the edge where this photo isn't even there. You could bring it always from the edge of the cursor over here. All right, little too much. Delete that one. You just click delete to delete the filters. All right. And so we've already changed this photo. We've given it a misty look, and we've automatically added some mood to the photo. So now we can click thes filters here, right? And we can change the whole tone of the photo. Let's click it here. Let's change it up. We're on changing temperature of all these temperature up to about 18. 16. But the same temperature here. Bring it up. Typical here. Me up temperature here. Alright and temperature here. Bring it up. And so now we've added a whole new temperature to the photo just by using the graduated filters. Guys, look at the photo before and after. We haven't even touched the normal settings. The exposure shadows highlights black. They haven't touched any of this. Not even its home curve. RGB split toning none of that. None of that stuff. Guys, I want to really, really simplify editing for you and just show you guys what you could do with this graduated filter. So let's look at what we've done today. We did this, right? This photo here before and after we made it brighter. We've got some tones to it and we haven't even touched these other tools here to make an effectively. Nice photo. You know, it's it's still may need some work, but we've got a lot done just by using the graduated filters. Now let's look at this photo here that we've just recently done before and after we got some missed. We've done so much this photo, guys, just by using graduated filters. We have changed the whole overall settings of the clarity. It's it's clear it's not fuzzy. It's it's a lot going on, which is fantastic. So that's going to wrap up today's for graduated filters. I don't want thank you guys for joining, first of all, and I'm gonna leave a little link at the bottom or it's a little like a box where you can submit photos. And I want to see how you guys use these graduated filters. I want to see the creative ways you use them, even if the photo looks crazy and just wonky. I just want you guys to experiment and really play around with this tool and get comfortable with it. Because when we go on on the different lessons that we're gonna cover in light room, we go to these different tools. The radio filter, the brush, you know, the spot healing. When we go to these different tools, they're all gonna come together in coincide. It's gonna make light room a lot more easier experience for you. So submit your photos guys in the homework box down below, and I really just want you guys to really have fun with this. See what you can do? If you have any questions you can DME at Larson Pinson on instagram, Or you can just comment or just shoot me an email. All my information is there. Thanks, guys, for joining this class again, and I look forward to seeing how use the graduated filter tool.