Monday, September 26, 2011

Picture This: Working with Gradients

In our latest lookbook, Autumn Reflections, we used a Gradient technique to manipulate some of the photos. We love the effervescent and illuminated  look gradients give our photos, and in today's tutorial we've come up with a simple introduction to using this technique.

Step 1. From your Adjustment Layer Menu (black and white circle at the bottom of the right hand side toolbar) select Curves. Brighten your image by pulling the curve line up to the left.

Step 2. Next select a color you want to use for your 1st gradient. We did a mint green. Select Gradient from your Adjustment Layer Menu. Play around with the scale and angle of your gradient. Lower the opacity.

 Step 3. Open up curves again and darken the image by dragging the line down to the right.


Step 4. Select another color and repeat Step 2.

Step 5.  From the Adjustment Layer Menu select Brightness/Contrast. Adjust brightness.

Step 6. Select the Color Burn Tool from the toolbar on your left hand side. Set the range to Shadow  and Exposure to 50. Click over to your original background layer and mouse your curser over parts of the images you want to darken. This will bring out some of the details lost in the editing process.

Enjoy Your New Image!


Unknown said...

thanks for the tutorial! i'm totally gonna try this on my next blog post!

Unknown said...

Hi! I use CS5 and the color burn tool is not in the same place as yours. I can't find it. any thoughts?

Unknown said...

Actually I found the tool, but when I set all the settings it highlights things. Again, suggestions?

Unknown said...

Thanks for the info! I look forward to trying it out on some of my photos. BTW, LOVE your photography and clothing - thank you for keeping shipping costs to Canada low!

Rachel said...

Love Ruche photo tutorials--thanks! Any chance we'll get Ruche lookbook-inspired hair and makeup tutorials in the future? I'd be over the moon!

Teaka said...

Very cool and seems pretty easy. I can't wait to try this on some of my photos!

Anita said...

I love this! I've always wanted to try something like this on my photos.