Lightroom: Gradient Filter Flawed

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I don't think the feather is working the way it should: when you select the oval of the filter then the "feathering" should work its way from the limit of the oval outwards and not inwards, leaving the stuff within the oval intact. The whole point of the gradient filter is to modify what is outside the oval, not inside. The way it is now you cannot properly select the area you want to preserve, it is trial and error, you have to dial a big exposure adjustment to see where the feather begins and ends and then proceed with the adjustments. Big waste of time. Gradient filter should have two concentric ovals, just like the brush and graduated filter, so you know the limit of the feathering.

Adobe, can you fix this? Thanks

PS Don't tell me "use invert mask", it is not the same thing (try adding vignetting with inverse mask..)
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Rob Cole

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I know what you mean - you really have to stretch it out waaaaaaayyy big since the outline is like mid-feather instead of start feather, or something.

For example: here's a shot of a an airplane with a +4.0 exposure vignette extending outward ('Invert Mask' un-checked).

As you can see the high exposure extends way inward too.





Granted reduced feathering expands the effect outward, but what it should really do is just make the effect less gradual, and not change the interior extent (all part of the same basic problem - the feathering extends inward even on an outward extending filter.

As you can see, even at max feathering, it's not that much more feathered, it just extends further inward (not good).

PS - When Mario said "with inverse mask", he meant without 'Invert Mask' checked.
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"... the outline is like mid-feather instead of start feather, or something. "

Isn't that exactly what it should be - just like the middle line of the linear gradient?

This works exactly as I would expect it would.
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I would prefer if there was a bounding line such that on one side of it there were no adjustments, and on the other side of it, there were. I had to shrink the airplane pic way down, just to get a vignette around it, and it's still in pretty tight - the left wing is actually still under the influence of the vignette despite the humongasaurus oval size.
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Those bounding lines (ovals, actually) would often be a dot on the inside and well outside of the entire image on the outside. How would you deal with that?
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I think the way it was done is very awkward, but since my estimation that the odds of it changing at this point are so low, it's hardly worth talking about.

As it is, you have to draw a huge oval, and then guess where the effect will be applied as you adjust feathering.

I would prefer if one could draw a smaller oval which acts as an effect boundary - no guesswork about where the effect will be, applied.
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Agreed, maybe it works as expected but the other way it would be a much better tool
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Yeah, not a bug per-se, but not optimal either.
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Agreed, maybe it works as expected but the other way it would be a much better tool