Using the Radial Filter in Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) contains many exciting new features, including an updated Camera Raw filter, which allows us to partially or fully apply the powerful editing properties of Camera Raw to any layer in our Photoshop document! Also, Camera Raw (and the Camera Raw filter) in Photoshop CC includes its own new properties, for example, the amazing Radial Filter. In this tutorial, we will learn how to use it to add an easily customizable, creative vignette effect to your images!

As we will see later, the Radial filter has the function of adding several vignettes at the same time, which allows us to darken some spots in the picture and make others brighter. We will also create the effect using Smart Objects and Smart Filters, and our original image will remain completely intact.

The radial filter is only available as part of Camera Raw in Photoshop CC, so you will need Photoshop CC to complete this lesson.

Here is an image that I will work with.

And this is what our result will look like. Of course, it is worth noting that this is only one of the many possible options, using this particular image. More importantly, by following our step-by-step instructions, you will learn to create such vintage filters for your own images yourself:

Let’s start!

Step 1: Convert the Background Layer to Smart Object

We will start by converting the layer on which our photo is located in the Smart Object. In this case, the Camera Raw filter will be applied as a Smart Filter, which will allow you to edit the vignette effect, while the original image will remain completely intact. We open our image in Photoshop SS, and see it as the Background layer on the panels with layers:

To convert a layer to Smart Objectt, click on the small menu icon in the upper right corner of the panel with layers:

From the menu that appears, select Convert to Smart Object (Convert to Smart Object):

At first glance, nothing has changed, but now an icon appears on the thumbnail of the layer in the lower right corner, indicating that the layer has been converted to a Smart Object:

Step 2: Select Camera Raw Filter

Open the menu Filter (Filter) on the top bar and select Camera Raw Filter:

The image will appear inside the large Camera Raw dialog box. Technically, this is the Camera Raw filter dialog, but with only a few exceptions, all the tools and options that are available in the Camera Raw main dialog are available here:

Step 3: Select Radial Filter

In the upper left corner of the dialog box, you can find various tools. Click on Radial filter, to select it (the extreme icon on the right):

Step 4: Reduce Exposure

When the Radial filter is selected, the right pane of the Camera Raw dialog box displays many options for this filter. Start editing by clicking on the minus (-) icon to the left of the parameter Exposure. This will set the exhibitor slider to -50, but we do this because it immediately sets the rest of the sliders to 0, allowing you to fully focus on the exposure settings:

Then, click on the Exponier slider itself, and pull it to the left to -2.00. This will give us an initial blackout, with which we will continue to work. At this stage, the image will not look any darker, since we have not yet applied the filter, but we will do this with the following step:

Step 5: Change The Radial Filter In The Image

When we lowered the exhibit, click in the center of the image area where you want to apply the vignette effect. Next, without releasing the mouse button, start pulling. You will see how the elliptical contour of the Radial filter appears, while you continue to pull (if you want to get the perfect circle – hold Shift during stretching). You can also move this elliptical area by holding a space while stretching. Arrange the area on your own, release the space, and continue pulling. Then, having finished stretching, release the mouse button:

Effect Outside / Inside

It should be noted, by the way, that in the case of my image, the internal area of ​​the selected figure was darkened, and the outside image remained bright as before. And this, in fact, is completely opposite to what I wanted to receive as a result of creating a vignette. If you did the same, look at the panel with the options for the radial filter on the right (you may have to scroll down). There you will see a function Effect (Effect), which controls where the effect appears – outside or inside. I have currently selected the Inside area, and I switch to Outside (Outside) by clicking on the appropriate checkbox:

And now we see the effect of darkening the outside of our chosen area, as it should be:

Resize the area, rotate and move it.

Once you have created the original elliptical area by stretching, you can change its size, width or length by clicking on one of the points of support (small squares) and stretching it. These points are to the left, right, top and bottom of the figure. You can also move the area inside the image, if necessary, by placing the cursor inside the area. When it turns into a four-sided pointer, click the left mouse button and move the cursor. In addition, the area can be rotated by rotation – place the cursor on the edge of the shape, and when it turns into a curved arrow, hold down the left mouse button and rotate. In my case, I will simply increase the shape by stretching it:

Step 6: Change Image Using Sliders

Now that we have added a filter to the image, we can use the various sliders in the panel on the right to adjust the parameters of our filter. For example, you can start by setting the Exposure — darken or lighten our vignette by moving the corresponding slider left or right. But in fact, we have much more opportunities – we can adjust the contrast, light, shadow, saturation, and so on. You can do whatever you want, and the original image will remain intact, and you will be able to watch the changes in the filter.

As for my image – I think I will lower Exposure to -2.20. Contrast I will raise the edges to +40. I will not touch light and shadows yet, but ChtkostI will raise the images completely to 100 by moving the slider to the right to the end. Finally, SaturationI’ll lower it to -100 to completely remove the color from the edges of the image. Once again I remind you that I change the settings in accordance with the image I chose and my personal preferences, so, in your case, the result may be different:

We adjust the Feather

We can also adjust Feathering (Feather), or, in other words, reduce or increase the area of ​​the transition zone of the main light part of the image to the dark. This option is located directly above the Effect option, which we used to apply our effect to the outer part of the selected area, and you can change its value by dragging the slider left or right:

Show / hide overlay

To have a better idea of ​​the effect you are working on, you can temporarily hide the outline of the elliptical region of the radial filter by clicking the checkbox Show overlay (Show Overlay) on the bottom right of the Camera Raw dialog box. Or, you can also disable or enable overlay by pressing the V key. Here I click on the checkbox to disable overlay:

And this is how at this stage my image looks with the overlay turned off:

Enabling and disabling Test View

The reason for which a preview of the changes that we make to our filter is possible is in the box Test View (Preview) at the top of the Camera Raw dialog box. We can enable and disable the Control View for comparison at any time by clicking on the checkbox or simply by pressing the P key:

Step 7: Add A Second Radial Filter

One of the most powerful features. Radial filter Camera Raw is that we can add additional radial filters to the same image, each with its own unique settings! To create a new filter, click on the checkbox. Create (New) at the top of the radial filter settings panel:

Then, use the previously learned knowledge about editing this filter to adjust the shape, size, and position of the area, if necessary:

Switch between Radial Filters

Notice that there are now two round dots on the screen. Each represents one of the filters. You can switch between them by clicking on their points at any time. The point of the active filter is red, inactive – white. Here I selected the initial filter by clicking on its point and again making it active:

I will switch to the new filter again. It is worth noting a few things: first, all the settings that I chose for the first filter were automatically transferred to the second. We will change this in a minute, but first we note the second thing: the filter is again applied to the outer part of the figure. I also need my second radial filter to be applied to internal parts of the image, so I click the Inside checkbox, or I can simply change this parameter by pressing the X key:

Now the effect has appeared inside our filter. Note that the point that serves as an indicator of the selected filter has turned green, not red, because green indicates an internal filter, and red indicates an external one:

Now I resize the area and rotate it using the steps described earlier in the lesson:

Next, I want to reset the settings in the right pane, and the easiest way to do this is by double clicking on the corresponding sliders. Here I clicked on the settings Exhibitor, The contrast, Definitions and Saturation, which changed their values ​​to 0 (the other parameters were already 0):

When the internal filter settings are reset, you can slightly cool the color temperature inside the shape by moving the slider slightly. Temperature to the left. A value of -20 will add a light blue shadow. Further, Contrast I raise to +50. Let me remind you that these settings are good for this particular image, you can experiment.
Slider Sveta I move to around -25, Shadows – by +25, revealing more details. Definition I raise to +50, and Saturation I reduce to -30:

And last but not least, I will increase the transition area by moving the slider Featheringand right to a value of about 50:

This is what my image looks like with both Radial filters:

Step 8: Close the Camera Raw dialog box.

I am pleased with the result, so I click OK to accept the changes and close the Camera Raw dialog box.

If we take another look at the layers panel in Photoshop, we will see the Camera Raw filter as the Smart filter at the bottom of the image. I click on the Smart Filter visibility icon to temporarily hide the effect from the document window:

This will hide all changes, and show us the original image. Please note that our actions did not touch him in any way, and it remained absolutely untouched:

I will again click on the visibility icon to turn on our effect. And here, you see the final effect of a vignette with a radial filter:

Done! This is how you can add an easily customizable, creative vignette effect using the Radial filter as part of the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop CC!

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