Creating Magic with Lightroom’s Radial Gradient Tool – Free Quick Guide

A gradient is when something has full strength in one location and zero strength in another.

It is a powerful tool that you should be using in the post-process editing of your photos.

Many people think of Photoshop when referring to intricate edits.

However, Lightroom has a few tricks up its sleeve as well.

One of those tricks is the ‘Radial Gradient Tool.’

Here are a few facts that you may not have realized about the Radial Gradient Tool in Adobe Lightroom:

  • You can use it to enhance color in one specific area of your photo.
  • You can critically adjust the exposure of a small area of an overly light or too dark image.
  • You can accomplish minute tweaks of contrast to adjust your composition.
  • You can create white balance adjustments to repair a problem or create a unique effect.
  • You can stylize a vignette.
  • You can stack radial gradient masks for multiple effects.
  • You can infinitely change a radial gradient mask using the Brush.

These topics are just the tip of the iceberg for this magical and technically useful tool.

In this article, Kevin Landwer-Johan will show you step by step how to…

  • Adjust the color in a single portion of a flower.
  • Recover detail in an overexposed shot of a blacksmith at work.
  • Fix a portrait background with localized contrast, texture, and clarity edits.
  • Remove unwanted color balance problems from a public shrine.

Once you understand the Radial Gradient Tool, you will undoubtedly question how you ever got along without it.

Download the gorgeous PDF version right here.

Photo Credit: Kevin Landwer-Johan

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