In this video, learn how to selectively de-emphasize background elements with the Linear Gradient tool.
- [Instructor] Our eyes are drawn to … the brightest areas of a photograph. … Most often we want that to be … somewhere in the center of the frame. … Not along the edges like this bright spot … in the upper left hand corner. … This is distracting … because it's the brightest spot in the image. … I could crop it out, … but then that would hurt the composition. … I really like the space … that the young gorilla has to gaze into. … I could apply a vignette, … but vignettes are applied evenly around the edges … with only the control to lighten or darken. … So in this situation I prefer to use a linear gradient. … Linear gradient is the fifth tool down, … or you can jump there with the L key on your keyboard. … To apply a linear gradient, you just click and drag out. … What's happening here is … it's applying a mask. … If I hover over this center dot we can see that mask. … The center line here would represent 50% … of whatever edit you applied. … This would be 100% of the edit, and this would be zero. …
- Understanding the histogram
- Enhancing image details
- Adding a vignette effect
- Reducing noise
- Straightening a subject with geometry
- Making creative color adjustments for drama
- Reducing distractions
- Highlighting your subject
- Adding and smoothing detail
- Exporting photos
- Selecting file options for web or print
Skill Level Beginner
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