Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Gradient tool, part of Photoshop CS6 Selections and Layer Masking Workshop.
Just because you are using a layer mask in conjunction with an adjustment layer …in order to apply a targeted adjustment to an image doesn't mean that layer mask …needs to be especially complicated. In fact in some cases the layer mask …might be surprisingly simple. Such is the case with a gradient layer …mask, for example. With this image, there's a little bit of …a darkening toward the bottom and I actually like that because it provides a …little bit of framing, but I feel like the top portion of the image is a little …bit too bright. It seems to me that it almost encourages …you to continue looking out past the image And I'd rather help keep your eye …inside the image. So I'd like to apply some darkening …toward the top. And basically have that darkening blend …down toward the middle of the image. A gradient is perfect for that.…
I'll start off by adding an adjustment layer. …I'll use a curves adjustment in this case. …So I'll click the add new adjustment layer at the bottom of the layers panel. …
- Anti-aliasing and selections
- The case for not feathering selections
- Adding, subtracting, and intersecting
- Inverting a selection
- Mixing and matching selection tools
- Advanced selection techniques
- Creating composite images
- Applying targeted adjustments
Skill Level Beginner
Practical Photoshop CS5 Selectionswith Richard Harrington1h 8m Intermediate
Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Fundamentalswith Deke McClelland11h 36m Intermediate
1. Basic Concepts
2. Selection Tools
3. Advanced Selection Techniques
4. Creating Composite Images
5. Applying Targeted Adjustments
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