Lightroom Radial Filter for Graduated Vignettes

Lightroom Radial Filter for Graduated Vignettes

You can create much more nuanced vignettes if you use the Lightroom radial filter. Yes, you can just use the vignette tool. But that always works around the centre of the image. It also doesn’t allow you to choose precisely how you want the vignette to fade. By applying multiple radial filters you can have much more control of the transition. You can also position the radial filters anywhere in your image. So, you aren’t restricted to keeping the brightest part right in the centre. This is useful for all kinds of images where you want to draw the eye. In this video we look at using the Lightroom radial filter to edit an autumnal landscape image taken in Norfolk.

As you can see from the video, the techniques are fairly simple. The great thing about editing in Lightroom is that you can always go back and start again. It doesn’t affect your original image so you don’t have to worry if you get things a bit wrong. Simply go back to a point at which you were happy and carry on editing from there.

Below you can see the before and after of the image edited in the video. The first image is the original photo before editing. The second image is after the editing applied in the video.

Lightroom Radial Filter for Graduated Vignettes - before editing

Lightroom Radial Filter for Graduated Vignettes - autumnal landscape example

If you are new to Lightroom then you might like to start by watching our free series of videos on editing photos in Lightroom. Those videos will take you through the process of getting started with importing images and will then show you round the various editing tools. If you would like to take your editing skills further then you might like to subscribe to our YouTube channel or possibly start learning Photoshop using our Photoshop for Photographers video course.

© Joe Lenton, February 2017

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