Adobe is correct; however, if you are using LR 6 or LR CC, you can select the Brush in the Gradient panel and erase part of the gradient.
If you have LR5 or later the Radial a filter is a better choice. Drag the end-points off-image as shown below:
(Radial Filter = -2 Exposure, Invert Mask)
With LR4 and earlier you can drag two graduated filters with opposite settings:
(1st Graduated Filter = -2 Exposure, 2nd Gradusated Filter +2 Exposure)
Thanks. I had already tried the erase procedure (I'm using Lightroom CC), but didn't like it much. I guess I expect things to work like they are advertised. Per the instructions for the graduated filter, one should be able to select only the portion of the photo that you want to change, and not have to use a workaround to get the program to do what the instructions say it can do. In fact, this problem did not show up for me until the last upgrade of Lightroom 5 prior to the release of 6 (aka CC). I was able to select vertically (in LR4 and LR5) only the portion of the photo that I wanted changed - then that last upgrade in LR5 and the vertical selection process went BOOM! Another workaround that I like better, but is more involved, is to make all the edits one can in Lightroom, move the RAW file (with Lightroom adjustments) into Photoshop CC, add a gradient adjustment layer (properly masked), then send the master back to Lightroom (I used the PSD format) for printing. All of the workarounds destroy the editing efficiency of Lightroom that I enjoy so much.
I was able to select vertically (in LR4 and LR5) only the portion of the photo that I wanted changed - then that last upgrade in LR5 and the vertical selection process went BOOM!
I'm not aware of any change to the Graduated filter between LR4 and LR5. See this video on LR4's Graduated filter to see how it works:
Perhaps I'm misunderstanding your issue. Can you please post a screenshot with the Graduated Filter applied that shows the issue?
The graduated filter has always worked the way it does now except for the brush addition in LR6 Could you provide a link to the "instructions" you are referring too as all the videos and references I have seen show it operating correctly.
I don't seem to communicating well. The "instructions" to which I refer are the Lightroom help screens and the "Lightroom 4 Book" by Martin Evening. The following discussion relates to selecting a portion of the photo with the graduated filter tool:
Assume a photo at an aspect ratio of 2 high by 3 wide. I want to select vertically the middle 1/3 of that photo. 1/3 of the way down from the top would be the start point of that selection. 1/3 of the way up from the bottom would be the end point of the selection. I was able to make such selections in Lightroom 4 (all upgrades). I was also able to make such selections in all of the upgraded versions of Lightroom 5, with the exception of the last upgrade before release of LR6/CC. I have recently upgraded to CC.
In Martin Evening's book, he demonstrates on pages 374-375 using the graduated filter to make similar selections. As I stated above, I used to be able to make such selections. Now, if I try such a selection, the tool grabs the entire photo and applies the effect that I am using to the entire photo, instead of just to the portion that I have brushed over. Perhaps I was wrong to think the graduated filter would work this way and my seeing it work this way was an illusion, but the photos that I used it on still look as though it worked as I described. However, it now does not work that way and everyone that I talk to seems to think that I don't know what I'm talking about. Enough already. I will just work around the problem and hope that Adobe fixes it in a future upgrade. Please, no more responses.
What you describe is NOT the way the Graduated filter should be working in LR 4, 5, 6, and CC. When you drag the Graduated filter so that the Start & End points are 1/3 in from the Top and Bottom the end points "jump to the Top and Bottom, correct?
The LR Preferences file from the previous version is carried over to the new version when LR is upgraded (LR 4>5, 5>6) and can cause unexplained issues in the upgrade version. I suggest resetting your LR Preferences file as outlined at the below link: