by Julieanne Kost

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July 29, 2014

As some of you might have noticed, the video in yesterday’s post (demonstrating the Radial Filter in Camera Raw) didn’t include the incredible new Filter Brush, which can be used to selectively hide the effects of either the Radial or Graduated Filter in an image. Below is an example of the new technology. This first illustration is the original image.

2014_05_22Original Image

In the image below, a Graduated filter was added to darken the sky. However the effect is also applied to the top of the mountains because they are also affected by the Graduated filter.


To remove the effect in the top of the mountains, with the Gradient Filter selected, choose the Brush option. The Brush options include Size, Feather and Flow as well as Auto Mask (used to automatically detect edges based on contrast and color) and Clear (to remove Brush overrides).


The image below shows the result from using the Graduated Filter Brush to paint out the effect in the mountains while still retaining the effect in the sky area.


And two more super shortcuts:

• To keep the Graduated and Radial filters eraser size the same as the brush, click the flyout menu (to the right of the Graduated/Radial Filter panel header), and toggle “Separate Eraser Size” from the menu.

• When a Graduated or Radial Filter instance is selected, Shift-K can be used to enter and leave brush modification mode.


  • By Bruce Smith - 3:00 PM on July 29, 2014  

    Is this radial filter new brush going to be added to Lightroom?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 8:24 AM on July 30, 2014  

      I hope so, but I can’t discuss unannounced products.

  • By John Detterick - 8:01 PM on July 29, 2014  

    This is a great feature! But I don’t see a Filter Brush in Lightroom 5. Is there not one in Lightroom?

  • By Suzanne Mathia - 12:10 PM on August 1, 2014  

    Please give as an update on when this may be coming out in Lightroom – Its REALLY embarrassing having to suggest going to Bridge for this!

  • By Karsten Qvist - 11:35 PM on August 3, 2014  

    Great feature, disappointing, and to understand that it hasn’t been implemented in lightroom.

  • By Wick Smith - 1:48 PM on August 10, 2014  

    So odd that Lightroom and ACR share the same engine and yet this great feature has been left out of Lightroom (for now, one hopes).

    Conversely, unless I am mistaken, the Lightroom feature in HSL that lets you click inside the image to target the color you want to adjust is not available in ACR. Why would that be?

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 7:06 PM on August 12, 2014  

      It’s in ACR. Make the HSL panel active then select the Targeted Adjustment tool (forth one from the top left in the ACR dialog). The Graduated Filter brush will eventually find its way into Lightroom.