Lightroom: Remember last used setting for Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush separatly

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Example: I mostly use the Graduated Filter to darken, and Adjustment Brush to lighten.

Now I constantly have to switch between Dodge and Burn* as well as between tools...

* Actually, my own preset, since there still is a bug when locally adjusting exposure: Brightness works fine. Exposure affects all area's of the image.
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I can see these ways for using grad filter in concert with brush:

1. augment grad filter by brushing with same settings.
2. reverse effect of grad filter by brushing with opposite settings.
3. both and/or neither and everywhere in between...

My only reason for mentioning is I'd hate to lose mode 1 in favor of mode 2.

Hopefully Lr4 will have some killer masking technology such that grad filter mask can be adjusted using an intelligent eraser such that this won't be an issue. i.e. the technique will be to adjust the grad mask, rather than countering its effect.

If not such technology in Lr4, then I'd "+1 vote" for some clever keyboard trick or something to toggle between brush settings = grad mask settings, vs. previous settings or reversed settings or something... - good idea.

PS - I don't have the local exposure bug you cite. win7/64.
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On the "bug": Yes, you do have it. Maybe you just didn't notice... ;)

Here's an example: Not a good image, but it demonstrates the (known) issue.
I'm using an Adjustment Brush with a - Exposure in the middle of the image. As a result, parts in the lower left of the image are clipping.

Before:
Lightroom
After:
Lightroom
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I can't reproduce symptoms - are you sure this affects everyone?
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Rob, this bug has been confirmed. IIRC, it was Lee Jay at the U2U forums. I believe Adobe knows about it.
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I recall. But, I assume this only affects a minority of users, no?
I use local exposure brushes all the time with no problems...
Does this bug bite you?
If this was affecting lots of users, then Adobe would have to issue an immediate dot-release to remedy, unless I really don't understand the problem.
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No the bug doesn't bite me. Apparently it doesn't bit often and if it does it is probably easy to overlook.

As for immediate dot releases, I believe these are reserved for bugs that can cause damage to image files. Did you notice that the keyboard controls for some sliders are broken (since 3.4) and 3.4.1 didn't fix it?
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They are clearly very conservative about what goes into a dot-dot release, and even the dot releases. That's the good news and the bad news all rolled into one... (I'd prefer more bug fixes with follow-ups for goofs if necessary, but that's easy for me to say...) Cheers- Rob.
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I'd like to add that while I fully see the point for the feature request and more often than not would have wished the settings were separate, I would not want to lose a mode where you can reuse the settings between the tools. Otherwise it would be too cumbersome to have both tools achieve exactly the same effect (regarding the 100% part of the graduated filter).
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Let the Gradient adjustment and Adjustment brush each have their own sticky settings. One might use the first to darken the sky and the second for adding contrast and saturation. When more similar images are invoked it would be nice to be able to just hit M and get the proper settings, followed by K to adjust other parts on the image.
So don't let one inherit the settings from the other.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: Gradient and Brush settings.
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Looks like this still isn't possible, even as an option in LR6...

Come on guys, feature request?
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I'm so with you on this. I really want to see this happen. This would speed my workflow up so much. Even just a checkbox option in Settings would be so helpful. I think it deserves at least that.
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Agreed. Please Adobe, listen to the people. Also, whatever this latest version is, it's a shame. Fix it, please.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Remember last used setting for Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush separately.

I do quite a bit of retouching, graduated filters and adjustment brushes on my photos and this is always quite frustrating that I have to keep bouncing back between different types of brushes. I'll give you an example of use case that I do all of the time that causes me friction and frustration. I'll be going through editing portraits of a person, mostly smoothing skin with the adjustment brush and burning the sky with graduated filters. For each photo, I have to constantly be switching back and forth between the two brush options. I cannot tell you how many times I've done a graduated filter and was confused why nothing happened because the Skin Smooth setting was chosen.

Remembering the last used setting for the Graduated Filter, Radial Filter, and Adjustment brush would be SO incredibly helpful.