I have been making an effort to use the graduated filter and adjustment brush in Lightroom 2 more and more during my RAW processing, rather than using similar techniques when I get the image into Photoshop.
The biggest advantage for the way I work is the ability to adjust these later in my workflow, even when in Photoshop.
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So, how do I do that?
Easy...just open the RAW file as a Smart Object in Photoshop (available from the Edit In menu). I can then double click on the layer icon and the RAW file is opened in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and the RAW adjustments can be…erm…adjusted.
While using the graduated filter and adjustment brush, I found a couple of handy keyboard shortcuts.
M - selects graduated filter
K - selects adjustment brush
When you have created a graduated filter, you can click on it's pin to select it and alter the settings. While a filter is selected, pressing the apostrophe ' key will reverse the direction of the filter.
Personally, I find the pins that indicate a filter or adjustment brush a little distracting when trying to review the effect...so I make liberal use of the H key. It toggles showing the pins - press once to hide them, and press H again to show them.