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Graduated Filters Update In Lightroom CC Allows For More Flexibility

By Trevor Dayley on August 31st 2015

An Update To The Graduated Filters

In the previous video, I showed you guys how to create HDR images in Lightroom CC, and how to use the Panorama Tool. In this video, I want to show you guys an updated version of the graduated filters. The new Lightroom CC offers a new level of flexibility when using graduated filters, allowing you to achieve and modify your images just the way you like it.

Graduated Filters Update In Lightroom CC Allows For More Flexibility

Using Graduated Filters

Click on the rectangular box found on the right side of the screen to access the graduated filter. If you aren’t familiar with the graduated filter, I highly recommend you check out our Lightroom Workshop, where we teach you all the fundamental tools of Lightroom and more.

When I apply the filter, you can see that everything past the bottom line has 0% of the effect, and the top line carries 100% of the effect of the graduated filter.

Brush It Away

If you look on the right panel, you’ll see a brush button which allows you to feather away (or add) the effects of the graduated filter. This is a new tool in Lightroom that allows you to have much more flexibility in editing your images using the graduated filter! I crank up the “flow,” which dictates the amount I want it to affect when brushing away these effects.

You can also do this with the radial filter, too. In the image above, I brush and feather away the effects on the rocks and adjust it accordingly to how I like it.


I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial on the newly updated graduated filter in Lightroom CC. Again, I highly recommend you to check out our Lightroom Workshop if you’re not familiar with these tools. Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more updates, and stay tuned for the next video!

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Trevor Dayley is a full-time wedding photographer based out of Arizona. He has six kids and has been married for 15 years. When he is not shooting weddings, he loves helping the photo industry. He has written hundreds of articles and shared countless tutorials. In 2014, he was named one of the Top 30 Most Influential Photographers in the Industry and one of the Top 100 Wedding Photographers by BrandSmash.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Gurmit Saini

    Is this feature available in non-CC version too?. Also just a quick question, I am using Lightroom 5 at the moment and thinking of going to CC, any suggestions, is it good, or have any issues. thank you.

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    • Nick Viton

      Why not download the trial to assess for yourself?

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    • Dave Haynie

      Get the trial — that’s what convinced me about the subscription. If you like Lightroom, it’s just more of the same. In a good way. I wasn’t convinced about the subscription, but once the Photographer’s Bundle went to $10/month, I was convinced.

      I have cash invested in other tools that do things like HDR and Panoramas. Much, much more powerful tools. Thing is, I’m using Lightroom anyway. Having that functionality, even at a basic level, as a built-in is pretty handy.

      The Panorama function generate DNG files, so it maintains the raw workflow, rather than going to 16-bit TIFF or something, which is kind of cool. I’m not suggesting it’ll handle 50-photo complex compositing (which is what I do in Autopano Giga), but it does handle a basic pan set, even handheld.

      It’s also getting to the point where other tools, like the DxO applications, show up as plug-ins to Lightroom. The adjustments available mean I’m staying out of Photoshop more than ever, which is a big improvement to workflow speed without compromising quality.

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  2. Gabriel Rodriguez

    Bookmarked…thank you sir!!

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  4. Kayode Olorunfemi

    Very useful…

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  5. Paul Empson

    The graduated filters in LR are now excellent… very controllable..

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  6. Barry Chapman

    Thanks – that seems useful!

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