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!


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

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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. 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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  5. 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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