The digital equivalent of a traditional photographic tool—the graduated filter—is now a part of Lightroom 2. This tool provides photographers with a unique way to make image corrections and enhancements. Using a wide range of controls, from Exposure to Sharpness, you can apply an effect that has a distinct starting point and then eventually fades or trails off. In addition, you can control where and how quickly the effect fades, which allows you to make improvements that blend seamlessly into the photo without any telltale signs.
The Graduated Filter tool helps creatively solve problems that photographers have been grappling with for ages (see sidebar “The Graduated Filter in Context