Multiple Adjustments – My Quick Way of Doing things. Fan of….#65

Steps at Polesden
A photograph of steps at Polesden Lacey in Surrey

Take the above image for instance… say I wanted to change the tone of the steps.  Yes, I could use the local adjustment brush tool.. but one way I’ve found that is very easy is this.

Set all your sliders to 0.  Put a graduated filter outside of the image in Lightroom

graduated filter

Next, change the sliders to get the effect your want.

graduated filter adjustments.

Then using the Brush Tool erase the parts you don’t want your adjustments to effect.

Graduated filter erased

Finally, if the adjustment is too much just click on the little arrow by the adjustment sliders and then lower the amount.

Amount of graduated filter

And hey presto your adjustment is complete.

Steps at Polesden
A photograph of steps at Polesden Lacey in Surrey

As you see my adjustments only affected the steps.. and of course I can go back in at a later time and adjust the sliders even more or even the colour should I choose to.

Posted as Part of Jez’s Fan of #65… Lightroom Photography Series


  1. Wow, fantastic, Bren 👏 I’m still only using Apple’s photo editing suite, but seeing what you are doing with lightroom, makes me think it might be worth playing with once things get more normal & work isn’t so crazy; thanks for the inspiration 😃

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