How to get more from the Adobe Lightroom Tools panel: steps 4-6
04 Flip graduated filters
Press M for the Graduated Filter and then double-click Effect in the panel to reset all the sliders. Set Exposure -1.10 then hold Alt and drag from the lower-left corner into the centre. Next you need to press the apostrophe key to flip the grad so that the corner is darkened.
05 Copy Radial Filters
Press Shift+M for the Radial Filter and set Exposure to -1.20. Hold Ctrl/Cmd and double-click in the image to fill the frame with a circular grad. Shift-drag the corners to resize and position over the head. Ctrl+Alt-drag the pin slightly to make a copy. Press ‘ to toggle on Invert, then set Shadows to 32 and Sharpness to 15.
06 Set up Adjustment Brushes
Press K for the Adjustment Brush. Click the A brush and set Feather to 100. Click B and set Feather to 0. Use / to toggle between them. Set Exposure to +1.00, Saturation to +20 and Clarity to +20. Paint over the irises; use Alt to erase. Drag right or left over the pin to increase or decrease all the settings at once.
Tools that enable you to alter different areas will all leave pins or lines over your image. While these are essential for switching between effects or editing settings, they can be a distraction if you want to assess the changes.
There’s an Option called Auto Show under Tools>Tool Overlay that can be useful. Turn it on and whenever your cursor goes outside the image, all the distracting pins will disappear, making it much easier to see what’s happening with your image.
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