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The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Step Six: By default, the gradient you choose fills the entire image area, smoothly tran- sitioning from a dark gray at the top center to transparent at the very top. It's a smooth, "soft-step" gradient. However, if you want a quicker change from black to transparent (a hard step between the two), you can lower the Scale amount in the Gradient Fill dialog. Step Seven: Also, if the photo you're working on doesn't have a perfectly straight hori- zon line (maybe you're photographing the sky over an angled roof), you also might have to use the Angle control by clicking on the line in the center of the Angle circle and dragging slowly in the direction that your horizon is tilted. This literally rotates your gradient, which enables you to have your gradient easily match the angle of your horizon. When it looks good to you, click OK to complete the effect. Before: Exposing for the darn barn makes the sky too light. After: The barn is the same, but the sky is now bluer and more intense. Photographic Special Effects Chapter 11 343