Lightroom’s graduated filter tool is an invaluable resource when processing landscape photos. With the graduated filter tool you can make selective adjustments that impact a certain part of your photo without impacting other parts. For example, if you wanted to lighten the foreground area below the horizon without impacting the sky.

The graduated filter tool is fairly simple to use, and in this video Simon Plant covers the basics of the tool, how it works, and shows examples in real world situations.

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Some notes regarding Lightroom’s Graduated Filter:

  • Use the keyboard shortcut “M” to access the graduated filter tool.
  • Hold the shift key while dragging to keep it level.
  • Use the keyboard shortcut “H” to hide the pins and lines while previewing your image.
  • You can use multiple stacked graduated filters on any image.