Get to grips with gra­di­ents in Pho­to­shop


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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.

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