Bringing Back The Old Fill Light Slider in Lightroom 5

Back in Lightroom 3 (and earlier), the Basic panel in the Develop module used to have a Fill Light slider for opening up the darker shadow areas. It definitely worked. Even small adjustments opened up the shadows, but the slider was a little heavy handed and things got noisy in the shadows pretty quick. But if you wanted a fake HDR photo it was pretty good :-) With the new sliders and revamped Basic panel that came in Lightroom 4, the Fill Light slider was replaced by Shadows (which makes sense). Well, one of the complaints I heard was that the Shadows slider wouldn’t let people open up the shadows as much as the Fill Light slider did. So I did a quick video to show you how to get the old Fill Light back if you wanted to. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Author: Matt K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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8 Comments

  1. I tried to watch the video but it says “This video is private”.

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  2. Thank you for the video and your tips. I tried it – it works, though I have Lr5 as my first version. But 2003 and 2010 are available. It’s a good alternative.
    Best regards – Elke

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  3. Hey Matt! Great tip as always! I have a question though. I have tried this and it seems to work for me. I just make a copy and apply a second round of shadow adjustment or use the local adjustment brush. I like using the new sliders in LR5, which give more flexibility to adjustments. I learned this from you on getting extra adjustments when the slider goes to the end and you need more adjustment.

    Dennis

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  4. I think this is the wrong approach. Don’t downgrade the processing to the old calibration.

    Instead, use the Tone Curve control. It’s specifically there to do the type of adjustment being attempted here.

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    • Actually, the Tone Curve doesn’t give you near what the old Fill Light slider does. If you want the old Fill Light slider “look” then the profile is the way to go.

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