Lightroom Video – LR5’s New Radial Filter

The new Radial Filter in Lightroom 5 is becoming one of my favorite new features. When you combine it with the Adjustment Brush and the Graduated Filter, you’ve got a really great combination of tools to selectively edit your photos and draw attention to the most important areas. So I did a quick video that goes over how to use the filter, but also some quick tips and tricks to help you get the most out of it. Enjoy!

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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  1. I upgraded to lightroom 5 and Facebook, smugmug,flickr, maps, and even help doesn’t work. Everything else I try to upload says not connected to internet.

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  2. Thanks for the tip Matt. However, the radial filter has more uses than just selectively darkening/lightening exposure. It can also selectively reduce noise, enhance clarity, introduce slight color casts, etc. For example, in a low light portrait where there is objectionable noise in the skin, but acceptable noise elsewhere in the picture, you can use the radial filter to select the face, select the “noise” preset, adjust the noise slider to the right, and click on “invert.” (I don’t understand why you need to click on invert, but it won’t reduce the noise in the face unless you do. Sliding the slider to the right without clicking on invert does not reduce the noise.”

    Similarly, by using the sharpening and clarity adjustments you can selectively make some foreground objects in soft focus or the background (again select invert) in soft focus.

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  3. Hey Matt,

    Great info! I’ve use the new radial filter a couple of times, but it didn’t dawn on me that I could use multiple ones! I should have know that, because I use several different gradient filters all the time. Duh!!!



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  4. Another informative video. What would we ever do without you! Thankyou ..

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  5. Great Idea to use multiple ‘radial filters’ until now I only use one. A great new feature in Lightroom.
    Thanks, Satyam

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