Gradient Effect

Fun fun.  I experimented with a new tool in Photoshop:  the gradient tool.  And I’m loving it.  It isn’t to be overused, so beware.  But if used properly, it can make a simple image into a spectacular one!

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, the gradient tool allows users to apply Photoshop effects to a portion of an image and have it gradually appear.

Here is a shadow I saw on my ceiling one afternoon.  The layers of shadows is pretty cool, but look how much cooler it is in image #2!

Straight-out-of-the-camera vs. Gradient Effect

There were 2 tonal effects applied to the second image.  A warm sunny tone originating from the upper left corner and a cool bluish-purple tone from the lower right corner.  I like the balancing contrast of Summer and Winter.

Now the image has more pizazz and oomph!  And it doesn’t look over-the-top.

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This gradient effect works wonders for portraits too!  Here is an example using a shot from my engagement session last Sunday.

First, I’ll show you what I gave to the client…

Portrait with my supah sa-weet Gradient Effect

This gradient effect added more depth to the image without making it look unnatural.  So pretty!

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And just for comparison…

Straight-out-of-the-camera

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For beginning photographers and hobbyists, try it out for yourself, if you haven’t already!


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  1. Simply amazing, I love the gradient tool in Photoshop!