Adding Splashes of Light to Your Image in Lightroom

Sometimes you shoot a scene that you think has great light, but when you’re back home, you’re disappointed with the result. The intensity and color of the lights does not match your expectations.

In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how to intensify and shape those lights in post-processing using Lightroom. We will work with the Radial Filter tool to bring splashes of light into those regions where you want to have them.

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2 replies
  1. Phil
    Phil says:

    Excellent pro tutorial, thank you for the time and effort! I work with LR 4.5 and when the radial filter doesn’t show the “invert mask” option. Also, I don’t seem to be able to right-click over the mask. Are these options specific to CC?

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi Phil! Thanks for the feedback.

      To the best of my knowledge, the Radial Filter was introduced with Lightroom 5, and it had the “Invert mask” option right from the start.

      If I got you right, you are using Lightroom 4. Correct? So, you should actually not have the Radial Filter tool at all, which leaves me somewhat confused. Can you check again which version you have and whether you are actually using the Radial Filter tool and not the Graduated Filter tool?

      The technique demonstrated in this course excerpt is specific to Lightroom 5 and newer versions (6 and CC).


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