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Chapter 11. 38 Special: Photographic Spe... > Neutral Density Gradient Filter - Pg. 341

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers One of the most popular lens filters for outdoor photographers is the Neutral Density filter, because often (especially when shooting scenery, like sunsets) you wind up with a bright sky and a dark foreground. A Neutral Density gradient lens filter reduces the exposure in the sky by a stop or two, while leaving the ground unchanged (the top of the filter is gray, and it graduates down to transparent at the bottom). Well, if you forgot to use your ND gradient filter when you took the shot, you can create your own ND effect in Photoshop. Neutral Density Gradient Filter Step One: Open the photo (preferably a landscape) where you exposed for the ground, which left the sky too light. Press the letter D to set your Foreground color to black. Then, go to the Layers palette and