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Is there a way to make this filter NOT apply 100% behind the starting point?
I want a gradient effect starting where I place the starting point and forward through the span I choose, and want what's behind that left alone. Presently, I erase that area. Kind of a hassle.
An example is a shot of a newly-sprouting bean field. Halfway up is a treeline at horizon, talink up about a twenty-percent slice of the height of the frame. Above is blue sky that I want untouched. I want to start a Shadows-enhancement gradient going from treetop to tree baseline. I don't want to enhance the sky.
Any thoughts? Sure, I can brush the effect on or erase it from the sky, but why does this tool add 100% to everything behind it?
The gradient tool is designed to apply the heaviest effect at the beginning and then gradually fade and you drag across the image. That's the way it works. Have you considered using the radial filter. And, sometimes extensive brushing may be required, depending on the complexity of the project. Sometimes it takes a little work to create the image we want.
But it doesn't just do that. Rather it creates 100% at the chosen spot AND BACKWARDS FROM THERE TO THE EDGE OF THE IMAGE. I don't want that portion affected. I'd like the top half of the drag zone to be 100% and sizable, then the bottom portion be the gradient. I'm asking if there's a key set or way to do this.
The behavior you are seeing is what it is supposed to do. You might consider using thee radial filter with the invert option selected and see if that will help accomplish what you are trying to do. But there is not a way to make the gradient tool to what you are asking for.
Didn't you ask this at the Lightroom Queen forums already? It was answered there already:
An alternative approach was given.
Do you have one?
Dont gatekeep my post. I'm looking for any variety of ideas.
I believe you already have been given the best suggestions-
1) Use a Radial Gradient Filter-
2) Use TWO Graduated Filters, one +ve, another -ve.
3) Brush. Use the [Click] [move brush] [Shift+Click] to draw a straight line.