Lightroom Classic 9.x: Brush tool is not erasing over the graduated filter

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Unable to use the brush/erase tool over the graduated filter in LR Classic Version 9.1.  The erase tool as well as all other are working as designed except for not being able to erase over the graduated filter.  Example would be using the grad filter to darken the sky then erasing over a mountain protruding from the horizon keeping it unaffected by the graduated filter.  Being told by adobe support this is not an available feature on the latest version of LR Classic.
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Tom Frisinger

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First, the information given to you by support was not accurate. The ability to brush in or erase out areas of a graduated filter is in Lightroom Classic 9.1.

Next, I tested it (Mac 10.14.6) and it is working as expected.  I can create a Graduated Filter and add to it with a brush or erase it with the eraser. You might take a screen shot of the brush dialog area when you are attempting to erase and post it here where we can review your settings.
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Make sure you use the brush that is available within the graduated filter itself. You can’t erase something in a graduated filter by adding an adjustment brush on top of it.
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WOW That was fast!  I'm sending my brush setting.

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Tom,
Note the words from Johan- "use the brush that is available within the graduated filter itself."
Your screen-clip is the standard Brush Tool. you are not in the Graduated Filter Tool!


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Exactly. Tom, from the way you described it I got the feeling that you switched to the adjustment brush, rather than used the brush within the graduated filter. Your screenshot shows exactly that. The adjustment brush adds a new adjustment on top of the graduated filter. It does not erase parts of the graduated filter.
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Yep you're right.  For whatever reason I started clicking right on the brush tool and of course it would not work on the grad filter.  PROBLEM SOLVED  THANK YOU. As for going brain dead not sure why, but had an idea i was doing something out of the unordinary.  Again THank You for getting me back on track again.
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As a side note, use range mask, that nice option down near the bottom. You could simply turn that on, select color range mask, click on the blue, and be done with it, no tedious erasing.

one tutorial, just found via google:
 https://www.understandphotography.com/learn-how-to-use-range-masks-using-adobe-lightroom-classic-cc/
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Thanks for the info. I've used the range mask, however I still like the brush better.  Will keep it in mind if I go brain dead again. LOL