Master Fill layers
Convert to monochrome and increase contrast with these powerful layers
Make your photos look their absolute best with the help of Fill layers
Fill layers make it extremely simple to improve an image in no time at all. Whether that’s a boost in overall contrast, or to simply apply a gradual fade across a sky, these types of effects are just a few clicks away. We’ll show you where and how you can find these types of layers, as well as how to blend and adjust them to achieve the right level of contrast and colour. There’s even a fill layer for adding patterns and textures into your image, which is great if you’re planning on making a scrapbook. All of this can be done with ease using fill layers, and the best thing is that you don’t need to be an expert or have years of experience under your belt. Just follow along with these steps to find out how to convert a cityscape image to monochrome, and then add a heavy dose of contrast to the sky to really make the clouds stand out. Before you know it, you’ll instinctively use fill layers in your work. We’ve supplied the start image on Filesilo, so grab that first. Alternatively, why not try this tutorial on your own images?
monochrome effect A Solid Color fill layer can either enhance colour or remove it altogether for a black-and-white effect. Dramatic skies Gradient Fill layers can help to create dramatic skies very quickly by boosting contrast.