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How To Use Graduated and Radial Filters in Lightroom / Balance and Add Color to a Sunset / Sunrise

September 2, 2019

Hi my name is Mikko Lagerstedt. In this Lightroom
tutorial I’m going to show how to balance your pictures using the graduated filters
and how to add colors with Radial Filter. I chose this picture for the tutorial because
it’s quite dark in the right side and too light on the left side. I shot this photo with the Ricoh GR Camera,
just after sunset at Tuusulanjärvi, Finland. So the first thing you should do is go through
the basic settings and balance the image. You can edit the basic settings directly from
the Histogram. On the left side you have the darks and the Shadows and on the right side
you have th whites and the highlights. I’m going to add exposure from the middle
ground – here. Just going to pull it towards the right. Like so. Now I’m going to go to the basic panel and
pull down highlights and whites and blacks and shadows. I think that’s quite nice. Let’s balance the photo even more with the
graduated filters. Open up the tool with hitting the M-key. I’m going to add some brightness to the right
part of the picture. You can go and edit these afterwards also, but I’m just going to add
exposure, contrast and highlights and shadows. Drag from right to left. You can reset the settings by double clicking
the effects text. Add some exposure to the bottom of the picture. I think that’s nice.
Add even anohter one to the sky. Like so. I’m going to close it down. The photo looks quite nice and balanced so
I’m going to add some color to the sunset. Open up the Radial filter with shift and M.
Add some tint and temperature. And saturation and contrast and slight clarity. Draw it somewhere here in the sunset part
of the picture. I think thats nice. Even more contrast and
clarity. Now for the final adjustments I’m going to
add some vignetting with the Radial filter. Hit the effect twice to reset the settings
again. Now use the invert mask setting – here. Pull down the exposure – pull up the shadows
and maybe add contrast and attention somwhere here. It’s looking quite nice. Now just the final adjustments here I’m going
to pull up the vibrance and add even more contrast. So that’s the final image. If you enjoyed
this tutorial check out my website for Lightroom presets and tutorials. There is a link below
this video so go on and check it out now. Cya next time. Bye!


  • Reply Mikko Lagerstedt May 14, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I made a short tutorial on how to use Graduated Filters and Radial Filter in Lightroom 5! Check it out!  

    Follow the link to get my tutorials first as soon as they are released!

  • Reply Roman Legionary May 16, 2014 at 12:32 am

    nice , thanks a lot

  • Reply Charles Rankin June 14, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Thank you.

  • Reply IxDeLuZzioNxI December 5, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Verry nice tutorial and love ur work…just a little question. U use Lightrooms more then PS ? When yes why ?

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