by Julieanne Kost

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July 11, 2011

Here are a few shortcuts for the Graduated Filter tool:

•  Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + ‘ (apostrophe)  changes the direction of the Graduated Filter (after drawing it).

•  Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) +-drag the Graduated Filter  to scale the graduated area from the center. In other words, the graduated area will be drawn outwards – in both directions, from the initial click point.

•  Shift -drag constrains Graduated Filter to a straight line (90 degrees horizontal or vertical).

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  • By Kevin McGowan - 12:04 PM on November 7, 2011  

    I have tried the keyboard command “Option+gradient filter drag” to create a gradient radiating out on both sides of the starting point. It doesn’t work. Any idea what the hangup could be? Are there menu commands to accomplish the same thing? I’m using up-to-date LR3 on a pretty powerful Mac w/OS 10.6.8

    • By Julieanne Kost - 4:39 PM on November 7, 2011  

      When you click with the option key, you will set the line down for the center of the gradient and when you drag, you can see that the lines on both sides of the gradient move out from the center. When you don’t hold down the option key, when you click and set the first line it is the beginning of the gradient and you drag to widen it from that initial point you clicked on. It’s subtle and, unfortunately the feature does not do what I think you want it to do – which would be to drag something other than a linear gradient – perhaps a radial or reflected gradient like Photoshop has the ability to do.