Using a Radial Mask is a quick and easy way to highlight the sun, a face, or anything else in your photo. You can use the Radial Mask tool to create an ellipse or circle that makes it easy to create a gradual blend between two states.

Here’s how to use the Radial Mask tool:

  1. Make an adjustment to your image in a tool in the Edit panel (such as the Dramatic tool).
  2. Click on the Edit Mask icon to create a tool mask.
  3. Select the Radial Mask option from the drop-down menu.
  4. Choose from the Standard or Inverted Radial Mask to affect your image.
    • By default, the Radial Gradient mask that is created will “protect” the center of the circle/oval and any enhancements will be applied outside of the inner circle.
    • The Inverted Gradient will invert the mask so the effects are applied to the inner circle.
  5. Click and drag to create a circular mask. You will see a translucent red overlay indicating the affected areas
    • If needed, go to the mask controls (three-dot icon) and choose Show Mask so you can see the gradient.
    • The same controls can be used Invert or Clear the gradient if needed
  6. The Radial Mask tool offers simple controls to refine the gradient:
    • Drag the middle of the gradient (the dot) with the Hand tool to place its center.
    • Click and drag on the inside circle to adjust its radius, which affects the size of the gradient.
    • Click and drag the outside circle to adjust its radius and affect the feathering of the gradient.
    • Drag a control point on the outside circle to adjust the aspect ratio and create an ellipse.
    • Click on the outer circle to rotate the gradient mask (you’ll see arrows indicating rotation).
  7. You can also adjust properties like Blending modes and Opacity to change the mask’s impact on the image.

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