Lightroom: Develop Module Cool Tools 2

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Post 17
Series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®

A Big To-Do

In the last post we covered Crop Overlay, the Aspect tool, the Angle tool, Contrain to Warp, the Spot Removal tool, and Red Eye Correction.

This post covers the rest of the section.

Graduated Filter

For the Graduated Filter, click on the vertical rectangle near the center. Recognize these options underneath? Here are Temp, Tint, Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Clarity, Saturation, Sharpness, and Noise.
The Exposure and Contrast sliders are especially important in changing the look of your shot. Make these adjustments first. Play around and have fun. If you aren’t already, get familiar with these tools. You will use them constantly. 

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What is Moiré?  Moiré is a digital feedback pattern that appears over another pattern like stripes or plaid. Have you ever tried to take a picture of a computer screen? Lines and waves appear. This is one example of Moiré. It happens when a fine pattern in an image intersects with the pattern of the digital sensor in your camera. You can avoid Moiré by changing the position and angle of your camera. If adjusting your camera and capturing another image is not possible, then using the Moiré tool can make the pattern look normal. Use your adjustment brush to cover the area you want to fix. (Note: the sharper the image, the more noticeable the Moiré effect.)

What does Defringe do? Sometimes a camera will give your image a purple or green edge to the subjects. Defringe turns that odd coloring back to the color you intend it to be.

How about that Color and rectangle at the bottom? Let’s say you want to emphasize a particular color on your image. Select that color by clicking on the box. Pick a color and tone.

I chose a bright yellow for this example.

Next, go to your image and click-and-drag over the section you want to take on the color hue you chose. I clicked-and-dragged over the top left corner for a graduated yellow effect.

Radical Radial Filter

This filter takes the Color you have selected and created a circular color-effect over your image. The color will be on the outside.

If you want to switch the color to inside the circle/oval, click the little box next to Invert Mask.

The Feather slider determines how soft or crisp the circular filter is.

Adjustment Brush

For more fine-tuning on your tools, Choose Brush A or B, Erase, change your Brush Size or change the Feather of the brush edge.

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What to do with so many choices? Mess around for hours. Or, get exactly the look you are wanting. Let’s start with trying things out. As you get comfortable with what you can do, you will pick up speed and end with the precise image you intended. Ah, satisfaction!

Next post: Lightroom: The Tone Curve

These posts are part of a series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®

Jennifer Apffel is a photographer with over a decade of experience in portrait, event, and product photography. She also does freelance graphic design and fine art. For more check out, or look for her on

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