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    Tips for using Adobe Lightroom’s Graduated Filter

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    Useful keyboard shortcuts
    Hold Shift while dragging a grad to keep the lines horizontal or vertical, and hold Alt to squeeze the blend area in from both sides.

    Reset sliders quickly
    The Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush often remember the last-used settings. Double-click any slider to reset it quickly, and double-click ‘Effect’ to reset them all.

    Drag outside for clarity
    To double a setting made in the Basic Panel (for example, if +100 Clarity isn’t enough), simply drag a grad outside of the image then increase the Clarity slider for a double-dose of grungy contrast.

    Use the Effects presets
    The Effect dropdown has a list of presets, with options like Soften Skin and Teeth Whitening. You can save your own presets here too.

    Show clipping warnings
    To avoid clipping tones to black or white when making selective adjustments, click the top-right and top-left corners of the histogram to turn on clipping warnings.

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