Gradient filter mask in Light Room CC & 6

Wandering Sagebrush

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Has anyone used the new gradient filter that can conform to horizons? I just saw a blurb on it, but haven't given it a try.

Impressions?

Edit: Just watched a YouTube tutorial, this looks powerful.

 
I'm still with non CC, maybe in a couple of months I'll look at CC. They are starting to have features that are only in CC.
 
Patrick, I finally moved to creative cloud because of ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) no longer being upgraded to support new cameras in the non subscription version of Photoshop. I really prefer Photoshop and Bridge, but as I work with LR, I'm getting more familiar with it. For $10/month, it's cheaper than buying the upgrades for Photoshop alone. I guess I'm still a Luddite, but I'm coming around.
 
A couple of quick tries with it... Pretty easy to use.

Gradient on...

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Gradient off...

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One more. This has two gradient masks. One for the clouds, one below the shade line, to darken clouds and lighten the shadow area.

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I wasn't aware of the horizon tool with grad filter. I'll have to give it a whirl when I download the latest update.
Your examples, especially the last one, look great.
 
Wandering Sagebrush said:
Andy, it's a real easy tool to use. The two with gradient examples here are my only tries with it. I'm impressed with what it does
I watched the video. It looks like he's using a erasing brush (shift+t) to reverse the grad tool.
Is that what you're doing?
I thought LR was auto-sensing the horizon. If it's manual control of adding a grad and pulling selective items back with the brush, that would be useful.

I'm paying the monthly to CC, but haven't upgraded from LR5 yet.
 
Yes, you select the brush, then select erase. Set a lower flow, and whittle away at the mast until you see that it's close to the way it was.
 
It looks like a real usefull tool. I usually shoot with filters (cokin P series size), but this would be very helpful with landscapes where I would need to do a reverse grad for brightening areas.

I also have the Nik Software line of plugins, and if you find the LR grad filter useful, you should look into how Nik Software does it.

It is a selective grad that is totally adjustable and you can actually select the color you want the grad to effect. So, for instance, if you want to apply a grad filter to the sky in an image, but don't want to affect the mountains or trees, there is a selector tool that will only apply the grad filter to the color palate and area selected or vise versa. VERY useful for applying a graduated filter selectively.

https://youtu.be/Mw2MWSWwdXw
 
Cool beans, CJ

Looks like LR offers the erase brush and Nik does it by color selection. I imagine there are benefits to either platform.
I'm not familiar with Nik plugins, are the PS only, or available in LR also?
I suppose I could look it up, but I really like to hear from other users, and your work speaks for itself.

Currently I use one or two grad filters on LR5, but haven't played with the erase brush.
 
Lighthawk said:
Cool beans, CJ

Looks like LR offers the erase brush and Nik does it by color selection. I imagine there are benefits to either platform.
I'm not familiar with Nik plugins, are the PS only, or available in LR also?
I suppose I could look it up, but I really like to hear from other users, and your work speaks for itself.

Currently I use one or two grad filters on LR5, but haven't played with the erase brush.
The Nik Software plugin (now owned by Google) works with both PS and LR.

I find the Nik Software plugins invaluable in all my photography, including my film photography. There is SO much that it does that I'd seriously consider purchasing it.

I think you can download a free trial of the complete plugin. I'd do it and see how it works for you. Once you start using it, and the awesome selection tool it uses in each filter, I think you'll really like it as well.
 
Colorado CJ said:
I think you can download a free trial of the complete plugin. I'd do it and see how it works for you. Once you start using it, and the awesome selection tool it uses in each filter, I think you'll really like it as well.
Thank you, I will give it a whirl.
 
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