Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 25 of 58

Create Gradient in Image

 

Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 25 of 58

Create Gradient in Image

 

Lesson Info

Create Gradient in Image

This is looking pretty good. I think we can spiff this up with the addition of a rainbow. I don't know about you, but when I think about a castle in a cloud I feel like, I feel like it's not complete without a rainbow. So let's talk about how on Earth would we do that. We are gonna make use of something called the gradient tool. And before we get all into the rainbow, I just want to show you how the gradient tool works. So I'm just gonna mess around a little bit, I'm gonna create a new blank layer and I'm just gonna mess around a little bit with the gradient tool before we actually make this rainbow. So let's talk about the gradient tool. First of all, what is a gradient? A gradient is a fancy art word that just means a transition. So when we talk about gradients we're talking about transitioning between one color and another. So that could be, we could be transitioning between black and white, so that means that somewhere in between the black and white we would have some gray area. We...

could transition between black, white, and then into purple, orange, and green, so you can have more than just two colors that you're transitioning. And gradients are all around us even if we don't even notice it. So there's gradients in the studio here behind me on the site walls. There are gradients when you look in the sky at any time. We like to say that the sky is blue, and it is, but it's not just one shade of blue, it's a whole gradient and transition of different blues, it's depending on the time of day, and also, obviously, some other colors as well, especially during a sunset there's a lot of different colors. So those are all gradients, they're all around us, part of the world that we live in, and we can create them in Photoshop, as well, and that's how you can create a lot more realism in your image. So even if we look right here in this sky scene that we have, if we were gonna try, if for some reason I was gonna try to recreate this sky, I would be looking at this as a gradient and I would see that the sky area over here is really light, I mean, it's practically white, and then it sort of fades and transitions into a blue color over here, and then it seems to fade again over here.

Class Description

We all have hundreds of images on our smartphones and cameras that we never do anything with. Adobe Photoshop Elements is the perfect tool for beginners to use for organizing and editing those images. Khara Plicanic will show you the practical ways to use this software by using step-by-step projects you can follow along with at home. You’ll get hands-on practice at making selections and working with layers, doing simple retouching, and adding text to your images.


You’ll also learn: 

• Basic adjustments to color and adding contrast to photos 
• Understanding resolution and image resizing and how to use the crop tool 
• Simple retouching and image compositing

No Photoshop Elements class would be complete without shedding light on file saving and organizing your images for a complete workflow! By the time you’re finished with this class, you’ll be creating beautiful images to share with your family and friends.


Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5.1

Lessons

  1. Class Introduction
  2. Understand How Elements Works
  3. Importing Images
  4. Workspace Basics: Organizer
  5. Workspace Basics: Editor
  6. Tonal Adjustments in Quick Fix
  7. Color Adjustments in Quick Fix
  8. Apply Black & White Filters
  9. Sharpen an Image
  10. Fix Red Eye & Pet Eye
  11. Straighten an Image in Quick Fix
  12. Explanation of Photoshop Elements
  13. Basic Cropping in Quick Fix
  14. Guided Edit Overview
  15. Guided Edit: Tilt Shift
  16. Ways to Save Files
  17. Layers & Simple Selections
  18. Combine Images with Layers
  19. How to Use Layer Styles
  20. Make Selections with Layers
  21. Make Selection with Lasso
  22. Compositing with Multiple Images
  23. Refine Edge Selection on Image
  24. Use Refine Edge on Images
  25. Create Gradient in Image
  26. Gradient Map Differences
  27. Options for Saving
  28. Brushes Overview
  29. Creatively Use Brushes
  30. How to Change Brush Settings
  31. Use Shape Tool with Brushes
  32. Work with Multiple Shape Layers
  33. Finish Image with Custom Shape Tool
  34. How to Load Brushes into Elements
  35. Add Layer Style to Image
  36. Clip Image to Shape & Use as Template
  37. Retouching Overview
  38. How to Use Content-Aware Fill
  39. How to Use Content-Aware Move Tool
  40. Spot Healing Brush on Blemishes
  41. Remove Frown Lines with Retouching
  42. How to Remove Tattoos
  43. Remove a Gap in Teeth
  44. How to Whiten Teeth
  45. Adjust Facial Features
  46. Working with Type Overview
  47. Match Type for Image
  48. How to Manipulate Type Layers
  49. Create Postcard with Type
  50. Add Type on a Path
  51. Organizing Images in Elements
  52. Add Keywords to Images
  53. Smart Tags Overview
  54. Using Albums in Elements
  55. Places Workspace Overview
  56. Use Event Tags on Images
  57. Timeline for Image Organization
  58. Recommended Workflow

Reviews

a Creativelive Student
 

Just watching this class live. It's my first class with Khara; she is a wonderful teacher, moving at a steady speed but always being careful to let us know what she's doing in the moment. I would classify myself as intermediate in terms of PSE but I've learned lots of little things that will make further use even easier and more fun. I really appreciated her descriptions of the difference between PS and PSE and her encouragement in using Photoshop Elements and all that it can do.

Lilygram
 

I have only been able to watch portions of this class but every single part that I have watched has been technically clear and inspiring to me. Based on this experience and the thorough, 58 item list of lessons, I will surely be buying this class soon! Thank you Khara and Creativelive for making a class on this topic and making it be super!!

Ven S
 

Great course. You can tell she knows the programme inside out.