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.


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!


And just for comparison…



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


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