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Part 7. Drawing and Painting with Color > Task 9 How to Apply Gradients

Task 9 How to Apply Gradients

A gradient is a fill that gradually blends two or more colors together. These color blends can be applied in circular-shaped, diamond-shaped, and cone-shaped gradients, as well as standard linear and bar shapes. When you apply a gradient, it expands to fill the entire selected area. Gradients are useful as background fills behind an object and in layer masks to fade out an image (see Part 10, Task 8, “How to Add a Layer Mask,” for details).

1. Select the Fill Area

Open the image file with which you want to work. If necessary, select the area to be filled with the gradient. If no area is selected, Photoshop fills the entire image with the gradient effect.


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