My favourite Lightroom tool….

Has to be the Radial Filter

The radial filter wasn’t introduced into Lightroom until Adobe released their Version 5 of Lightroom.  And how I am glad they did bring us this feature.  I use it regularly… in fact I think with every photo I do somewhere in that photo is an adjustment created by the radial filter.

For instance if you want to show up some brightness around a light… you can do that easily by making your selection, inverting the mask and then increasing the exposure..

One of the things I mainly use it for is to add a Vignette to a photo.  Yes Lightroom does have an effects panel in the develop module for you to add a vignette but it works mainly from the centre of the picture… which is absolutely no good if you want to draw the viewers eye into a particular spot in a photograph.

For instance take this photo…..


Just a piece of an old tree on the ground….

But in the centre of that tree is the cotton wool larvae of an insect… which I want the reader to see.  So what I did was do my adjustments as necessary, then add a radial filter to the picture and decreased the exposure.


Which left me with this picture…

img_4987-4Then I cropped the picture, following the thirds rule and ended up with this final image


So if you want to add a Vignette to a picture you can easily achieve this by using the Radial Filter… you can feather the effect to your own liking and you can add more than one radial filter to a picture…

colour-vignetteLove this tool and wouldn’t be without it now… 😀  You have all the options available to you in the panel, you can change, tint, temperature, exposure, highlights, shadows, black, whites, sharpness etc..  As well as the ability of may adding a colour to that vignette.

And not forgetting if you invert the mask you can make changes to the centre of your radial filter… It is definitely worth playing around with as there are so many options available to you.

This is same picture with the added colour..



8 responses to “My favourite Lightroom tool….”

  1. Thanks for pointing out that filter, which sad to say, I have not used. I suppose I get into a comfortable groove and stick with procedures I know best. I’ll give it a try when I find a suitable photo.

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    1. You are welcome, that is the trouble we get comfortable with doing something and then feel apprehensive of using a new method… I felt like that at first… and would just vignette my pictures as far as Lightroom allowed me to. Then came along Matt K and Serge Ramelli who changed all of that.

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  2. There are so many things to learn in Light Room that I am sure there are many great things that are overlooked in just trying to figure out and learn the basic fundamentals of the program. Thanks to great photographers like yourself that find, learn and point out these new types of things we an all learn from your abilities and insights. Thank you so much for sharing what you have learned with all of us. I for one can think of many areas where this could be used to highlight a specific area you want the viewers interest to be drawn to.
    Thanks so much Bren for sharing your knowledge with all of us!

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    1. Thank you for your comment… yes there are many features in Lightroom and I am still learning them.. It is the little tips that I hope helps others. What I love about the radial filter, you can make the oval/circular shape any size you want and you can tilt the oval shape by turning it on its axis.


  3. Thank you so much, yet to get on to that tool. MM 🍀


    1. It is a lovely tool when you master it MM… think I would sob my heart out if Adobe decided to take my favourite toy away now 😀


  4. Thank you for interesting information.


    1. You are welcome. I’m glad you found it informative.


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