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Lesson 5. Layer Basics > Adding a gradient layer

Adding a gradient layer

Next, you’ll create a new layer with no artwork on it. (Adding empty layers to a file is comparable to adding blank sheets of acetate to a stack of images.) You’ll use this layer to add a semi-transparent gradient effect that influences the layers stacked below it.

In ImageReady, which does not have a Gradient tool, you can apply a Gradient/Pattern layer style from the Layers palette. You’ll get some experience applying layer styles in Photoshop later in this lesson; see “Applying a layer style” on page 162.


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