Get to grips with gradients in Photoshop
DIVE INTO A WORLD OF COLOUR POSSIBILITIES WITH PHOTOSHOP’S GRADIENT OPTIONS.
WHETHER YOU’RE CREATING the most immaculately vibrant scene or going for a monochrome picture in shades of grey, colour is vital in design, art and photo editing. Not just colour either; the combination of colours in your work can convey an entire atmosphere, so it’s important to get shades perfect.
The Gradient Tool is a trusty friend when it comes to colour for a number of reasons. A photo editor may use gradients to recolour the scene like an Instagram filter; a photomanipulator may clip them to layers to blend a scene together; and a digital artist might use them for creating a sky, for example. They’re at the base of how colour interacts in Photoshop and Elements, and when you’re first starting to use the program, they’re an awful lot of fun. Even when you’re a little more experienced, gradients can still play a huge role in your workflow. The black-to-white gradient, set to Soft Light, is the perfect way to tone your image completely in just a layer. The Gradient Map is one of the most useful adjustments on offer in the program and can deliver results instantly. Also, don’t forget the default Rainbow gradient, which can actually be manipulated to create rainbows for compositions, with a little help from Polar Coordinates.
Let’s check out the basics of the options on offer. They are something you’ll probably end up using a lot in your creative process, and for good reason. Gradients are hugely powerful and they can be fun to use, too.
Use Soft Light Set gradients to Soft light to apply them as colour overlays in your images.