Use a simple black and white gradient in a layer mask for creating composite images

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You can apply masks to adjustment layers as well as normal image layers. So we could have applied the levels as an adjustment layer using the same gradient trick to mask out its effect on the lower part of the image.

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Create vignettes using a Radial gradient as a layer mask applied to a Solid Fill Layer. You can then adjust the colour of the fill to suit different uses.

One image is copied into the other by dragging its layer from the Layers palette over the other's image window and releasing the mouse.The sky image is scaled roughly to fit using the Free Transform tool.

EOne very popular use of the Gradient tool is to make one image blend smoothly into another.Here are two images that we want to composite, by blending one gradually into the other.

One image is copied into the other by dragging its layer from the Layers palette over the other's image window and releasing the mouse.The sky image is scaled roughly to fit using the Free Transform tool.

H3 I A layer mask is added to the Sky layer, I I by clicking the New Layer Mask button at the bottom of the Layers palette.Making sure the layer mask is selected and not the layer,we can use a black-to-white linear gradient to mask out the bottom of the sky layer, blending the two images together.

E Finally Image > Adjustment > Levels is applied to the Sky layer (not to the mask). In the dialog box that appears,drag up the black input slider to darken the sky and making it match better with the image below.

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