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Using a gradient map preset

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Video: Using a gradient map preset

The notion of creating a black and white interpretation of a color photo is reasonably straight forward. We simply map luminous values to black through white in order to create an image with a variety of shades of grey based generally speaking on the original luminesce values in the image. Of course we can also fine tune that interpretation. Based on the original color values but in concept a black and white image is relatively straight forward. We can also use that same basic concept to create an interpretation of the photo that is considerably more dramatic and that calls for using the gradient map adjustment layer.

Using a gradient map preset

The notion of creating a black and white interpretation of a color photo is reasonably straight forward. We simply map luminous values to black through white in order to create an image with a variety of shades of grey based generally speaking on the original luminesce values in the image. Of course we can also fine tune that interpretation. Based on the original color values but in concept a black and white image is relatively straight forward. We can also use that same basic concept to create an interpretation of the photo that is considerably more dramatic and that calls for using the gradient map adjustment layer.

I'll get started by going to the bottom of Layers panel and clicking on the add adjustment layer button, that's the half black half white circle icon and from the pop up menu that appears I'll choose Gradient Map. It's important to choose gradient map down toward the bottom of the menu. Not gradient which is found up at the top of the menu. When you choose Gradient Map you'll see that a Gradient Map Adjustment layer is added to the Layers panel and we also have a Gradient option on the Properties panel. For this image I have a white to black gradient which is essentially an inverted black and white image where whatever the dark value were are now white.

Whatever the bright values were are black, and of course all the other tonal values are represented in-between. But we can also use a variety of different presets to change our interpretation of the photo. I'll go ahead and click the pop-up for the gradient, and we can choose a different option. I'll just choose this blue red and yellow option and you can see I get a very dramatic result. But of course there are other options available to me and I can choose any of them from this presets pop-up. And in fact, Photoshop includes additional gradient presets that are not listed here by default, but if you click the button at the top right of this pop-up you can choose from one of the options that are available. For example, I'll choose photographic toning from the list here, and then I'll click the Append button, so that those options are appended to the available list of gradient presets.

I can then click on any of those options in order to apply that preset to the image. And of course, at any time, you can also change to a different preset. So, if I decided this was a good interpretation of the image, but I'd like to see a different interpretation I can turn on the Reverse check box, if I want to simply invert the result. But I can also go back to the gradient pop up and choose a different preset. So you can see, just by using one of the many available gradients that are available with the gradient map adjustment layer, we're able to achieve a variety of different interpretations for any photo.

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Photoshop Creative Effects and Filters

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  1. 1m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 24s
  2. 16m 23s
    1. Adding a single filter
      3m 21s
    2. Using the Filter Gallery
      4m 51s
    3. Using Smart Filters
      4m 2s
    4. A flexible filter workflow
      4m 9s
  3. 36m 0s
    1. Creating an ethereal effect with Clarity
      2m 13s
    2. Creating a black-and-white interpretation of an image
      3m 12s
    3. Adding a monochromatic tint effect
      2m 27s
    4. Using a gradient map preset
      2m 42s
    5. Creating a gradient map preset
      7m 48s
    6. Adding a vignette
      3m 17s
    7. Adding film grain
      5m 25s
    8. Oversharpening
      3m 17s
    9. HDR tone mapping
      5m 39s
  4. 37m 47s
    1. Creating a filtered edge effect
      4m 6s
    2. Producing a dreamy look with Surface Blur
      3m 4s
    3. Iris Blur with a twist
      4m 32s
    4. The Tilt-Shift blur effect
      3m 52s
    5. Creating an oil paint effect
      4m 36s
    6. Adding selective motion blur
      4m 36s
    7. Adding lens flare
      5m 21s
    8. Adding a lighting effect
      5m 6s
    9. Adding an ethereal glow
      2m 34s
  5. 24m 21s
    1. Applying a wild curve
      3m 1s
    2. Playing with blend modes
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a painterly effect with Find Edges
      2m 41s
    4. Creating a sketch effect
      5m 26s
    5. Crystallizing pixels
      3m 6s
    6. Getting extreme with Mezzotint
      3m 42s
    7. The Solarize filter
      2m 25s
  6. 38m 38s
    1. Smearing with Liquify
      7m 0s
    2. Going fish-eye with Polar Coordinates
      3m 38s
    3. Using the Spherize and Pinch filters
      3m 18s
    4. Using the Ripple, Twirl, Wave, and ZigZag filters
      5m 45s
    5. Getting blocky with Mosaic
      2m 44s
    6. Creating huge pixels with Pointilize
      3m 0s
    7. Creating tiles
      3m 42s
    8. Creating blocks with Extrude
      4m 29s
    9. Mapping the image with Trace Contour
      2m 44s
    10. Creating a stylized wind-blown effect
      2m 18s

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