So let's, talk about another form of feathering the grady in't, so if you've ever used a graduated, split neutral density filter, for example, out in the field, this is the same basic effect. I just want a feather on a larger scale, and so I'm going to add an adjustment layer, so add once, what do you think I'm going to add? Of course I'm going to use curves because for some reason, it's always what I jumped to. All right, I'm gonna add an exaggerated curves adjustment, but let's assume that I want the effect to apply to the background, this distant area in the photo, but not to the foreground. Well, that's sort of like what we just saw making a rectangular selection and feathering it, but doesn't that look like a grady in't? Of course it does, because it is a radiant and so I'm going to go right to the grady, and instead of worrying about a selection and feathering and all that sort of thing, I will choose the grady in't tool on the toolbox letter g on the keyboard is the keyboard sho...
rtcut for that all press the letter d on the keyboard to set the colors to their defaults of white and black, and then I'm going to go up onto the options bar. I'm going to click this pop up. It looks like a gray viant with little pop up handle attached to it, and I'm going to choose the first option. It looks like a white toe black, radiant it's not I mean it is, but it's, not it's, actually the foreground color to background color grady and option and it happens to be white to black right now all go ahead and choose that option and collapse the pop up if I press the letter x on the keyboard to switch foreground background colors that radiant changes as well. So it's just my four round colored background color option. I will set the linear option from those five styles of the grady and everything else set to its defaults and let's. Go ahead and just look at the layer mask itself so old or option clicking on the film mail for the layer mask and I'll draw grading and I just click and drag where I click will be the foreground color where I released the mouse will be the background color and there will be a smooth transition in between, so a nice long drag gives me a nice long or smooth transition. A short little drag gives me a very brief transition, kind of a hard edge, not quite hard, but, you know, pretty darn close, obviously. And so I can have lots of fun with the audience make it's been around who now I'm busy hold on, I'll get my bearings and I'll go back to the actual image I'm going to make this adjustment just a little bit stronger just so this will be mohr obvious would make it real extreme contrast here and now I'll just paint a grady in't in various directions here just so you can see that I'm having a great aunt effect with the distance of that transition determined by the distance that I drag and the direction determined by the direction that I dragged. And so in this case, I might do something along these lines for example, something like that kind of sort of you get the idea again, there is theatrical grady and nice smooth transition from the area being affected, the white area versus the area not being affected, the black area with a nice gradual transition in between and obviously then I would come back and find two in my adjustment, so it doesn't look quite so ridiculous, so maybe something like that and I'm affecting that top portion of the image without affecting the bottom portion of the image that one really could be very handy, especially kind of landscape photos we've got something going off into the distance and you want to affect the background versus the foreground
Targeted adjustments in Adobe® Photoshop® give you incredible power when editing photographs. Learn how they can quickly transform your images in Targeted Adjustments in Adobe® Photoshop® with Tim Grey.
Tim will help you truly understand the concepts and functionality behind layer masking. You’ll learn how you can apply adjustments to specific areas of a photo. Tim will demonstrate selection techniques, painting on layer masks, and using gradients. You’ll develop the skills you need to make impactful and efficient adjustments.
Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2