The Graduated Filter lets you make adjustments to a specific area of your project across an even gradient.
This is very important because when you adjust the sliders in the Develop module, it makes changes to your entire image. This may not always be desired. With the Graduated Filter, you can make sure that only certain parts of the image are edited.
You will find the icon in the Develop module. It is in the shape of a rectangle and is located right below the Histogram.
The Graduated filter goes from any direction across your image – one side to the other, top to bottom, etc.
Here’s how to use this filter:
- Import your image and open the Graduated filter by going to the designated section or hitting M on your keyboard.
- Draw the lines in your desired direction on the image to add the filter.
- Change exposure settings by moving the slider and you will see changes being implemented on your image in real-time. To verify where the filter would be applied, you can check the ‘Show Selected Mask Overlay’ box. Doing this will highlight the selected area in red.
- All you have to do to apply the filter is to hold the left mouse button down and drag the cursor over the area that you want to cover. You can move it in any direction.
- The more you drag the more gradual will be the result. You can apply a narrow filter if you want more defined and less graduated output. You can see this displayed in the example below. The image on the left has a wide graduated filter applied, while the image on the right has a narrow one.
Applying a New Filter:
You can apply several graduated filters to the same photo. Here’s how:
- Select “New” at the adjustment panel.
- Make changes to the slider as needed.
Erasing a Filter:
Here’s how you can remove it:
- You can remove the adjustments you’ve made by going to the adjustment panel, selecting ‘Brush’ and then scrolling down to ‘Erase’.
- Move the cursor to the portions you want to edit.
- You can also delete full effects by selecting the filter you want to remove and hitting ‘Delete’.