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The effects module is incredibly deep, and there are so many effects that you can use to enhance your image. One of the most useful effect presets is the adjustable gradient. Now, we're working with this sunrise image and it's pretty nice out of the box. But if I look at it closely, I'd like to see a little bit more light on the boats in the bottom right hand corner. Now I can easily do that with an adjustable gradient. Let's go ahead and open up this disclosure triangle, and you see we have a variety of options, I can do a lighten, I can increase contrast, I can make part of the image cooler or darker, and as you see, there's a whole bunch of options to work with.
Let's go back to the top, and we're going to use lighten. Now I can simply click on that to select my gradient, and as you see by default it's making the top lighter and the bottom is actually making darker. Well I don't want that and I have a couple of ways I can fix that. I could simply rotate it all the way around till I get to the spot that I want, or I can go up here and I can simply invert my gradient and now the top is darker and the bottom is lighter.
Now I want to tweak this so that the sky's more evenly balanced. Now there's two ways I really think I need to fix this. First of all, I'm going to need to rotate it, and I want it to be a much more gradual transition from the lighter to the darker. Now you notice there's a dotted line and if I pull that line up, this is going to soften the threshold between dark and light. And then I can go over here to this little widget, and I can rotate this around just so that I'm focusing on these boats here.
And I can grab it by the middle and if I wanted to, bring it down just a hair. Now, this works with the boats, but let's suppose I just wanted to make my sky more vivid. I'm going to go ahead and switch from the light adjustable gradient, to, perhaps, some punch, to make that sky really pop. I love having my skies just surprise my viewer. So I'm going to click and choose punch. I'm going to wait a moment for it to catch up, and as you can see, there's already a lot more saturation.
If you want to see this as a split screen, as we learned earlier, you can hit option command L. I can see how the sky truly lights up with this enhancement. Now, I don't have to just stick with just the preset gradients that I have here. If you look at the top of my menu, I have a shapes option, and when I click on that you can see I have vignettes, I have a strong vignette, which is going to be darker on the outside and abruptly go brighter on the inside, as well as linear top and bottom, linear left and right. So for instance, if I wanted to go ahead and make linear top, I can simply select that, and as I stretch this out, there's my threshold and I can go ahead and move this up and down.
And once I've set its position, I can now go down here and use my sliders to really make it do what I'd like it to do. So I'm going to go ahead bring down the brightness. I think I'm bringing down the brightness too much on the bottom. I'm going to simply click invert, and now my sky is being affected. Maybe we'll add a little bit of vibrance to the image. And this will really pop very nicely. Now in addition to shapes, I can also control what type of gradient I have. I can have a radial gradient, a traditional gradient, as well as a reflective gradient.
Now I really like what I've done with this image. But I want to tweak those boats and make them brighter. So for that, I'm going to use the adjustment brush, and we'll learn about that in the next lesson.
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