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How To Apply A graduated Filter To A Photo



  • David Kick

    Chris, I just played with this and I seem to remember being able to add multiple gradients to one local adjustment but I might be wrong because I can't make it work. You can though just add another local adjustment for each gradient you want to add. To delete a gradient select the one you want to delete then click the Delete button at the top 


  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    I think the first problem is that you're trying to do this in Develop. You can't add a mask (brushed or bug) in Develop which means you're actually adding a Layer mask and that's not what you want.

    Develop is used to add basic adjustments to the whole photo at once.

    To do what you're trying to do...

    1. switch to Effects
    2. add a Tone Enhancer
    3. open the Masking options and drop the bug there
    4. add a second Tone Enhancer
    5. open the masking options and drop the 2nd bug on that one

    You could probably do this with just one Tone enhancer, but I'd have to see the photo and why you're doing that first to see how it would work.

    As for the last question, the gradient has to be active in order to delete it, that means the gradient icon needs to be active at the top and the correct gradient needs to be clicked on so that you can see it, then you can delete it.

    Let me know if you need more help.

  • David Kick

    Rick, you can do it with local adjustment as well but like I said need one local adjustment for each gradient exposure adjustment.

  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    David, yes, I'm aware, we posted at the same time. (Or your post didn't show up for me, that happens too) Anyway, both of our solutions will work.

    Chris is trying to do this in Develop, at least that's what he wrote.

  • Chris Nicola

    Thank you David and Rick for your comments which were very helpful. With your help I have solved the problem.

    Under local adjustments, I have to add each linear gradient on a separate layer for them to work independently.

    Alternatively, I learned that adding 2 tonal adjustments can create the same effect. 

    If I add two gradients on the same layer the exposure adjustment will work primarily on the first gradient and if the second gradient overlaps with the first it can add or subtract to the effect.

    So you can see what I was trying to do, I have added 3 screenshots. 1- Raw with no adjustments. 2- With only Develop adjustments. 3- With local adjustments to even the lighting. A linear gradient to darken the left and another to brighten the right.

    Thank you again for all your help.

    Kind regards




  • Brian Lawson Community moderator

    Nice job.


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