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Chapter 13. Gradients > To create a multicolor wash:

To create a multicolor wash:

1.
Choose a layer.

2.
Optional: Select an area of a layer.

3.
Choose Gradient from the “Create new fill or adjustment layer” pop-up menu at the bottom of the Layers palette.

4.
In the Gradient Fill dialog box, click the gradient sample to open the Gradient Editor.

5.
In the Gradient Editor, either choose an existing gradient preset that finishes with transparency or create a new gradient that fades to (finishes with) transparency, then click OK.

6.
Choose a Style, Angle, and Scale for the gradient fill layer, then click OK.

7.
Create another gradient fill layer, then repeat steps 4 and 5. Try out different Style, Angle, and Scale settings, or drag the gradient in the image window .


You can create a painterly effect by placing translucent gradient washes on separate layers.



A diamond gradient and a linear gradient


8.
Optional: Using the Layers palette, change the opacity or blending mode for, or restack, the gradient fill layers.

The Gradient Map command applies (maps) a gradient based on luminosity levels (lights and darks) in the layer below it. This command can be used to colorize a grayscale image or re-render a color image in new tonalities, and the result can be anything from subtle to Day-Glo. If you apply the Gradient Map via an adjustment layer, it will be fully reeditable.


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