Now let's look at how useful Gradients can be when working creatively in Photoshop

Trial and error

Experiment with all the Layer Blending modes and get a feel for how they affect the image. Some will have similar pleasing effects, while others will just look plain awful.

Comprehend the blend

There are technical explanations for each of the Blending modes in your Photoshop Manual or online guide. It's worth going through these to understand exactly what's going on.

B3 | Another use for gradients is to add I I mood to a Photo. Here's an image of a model looking quite moody, but the picture itself could be even moodier. It's simple with a gradient to add that mood.

E Gradients are great for those working with digital or scanned photographic images in Photoshop.We can use gradients in place of traditional photographic filters to create some cool effects.Here's the original unfiltered image.

EIn a new layer we add a vertical dark blue transparent gradient over the image. Setting the layer's blending mode to Overlay blends the colour and brightness of the gradient in a special way,creating a deeper,darker sky.

B3 | Another use for gradients is to add I I mood to a Photo. Here's an image of a model looking quite moody, but the picture itself could be even moodier. It's simple with a gradient to add that mood.

EIn a new layer,we add a Foreground to Transparent gradient once more, but choose a much darker blue.The layer mode is this time set to Multiply,creating a dark cast over the image. Finally,a Levels Adjustment Layer is added to the image,which controls all brightness and gamma.

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