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Photoshop Tutorial - Improve Photos That Suffer From Dark Exposures With Photoshop Gradients
Here's a free Photoshop tutorial from Photoshop Daily. We’ve all had dull weather ruin a photo but here’s a clever way of brightening skies and adding life to dark exposure. Gradients are often called upon in digital design, but rarely do they come into play for photo edits. However, they can be useful, especially when they are teamed up with blending modes.
In our example here, we have a photo taken on a dull day. The sky is grey and washed out, while the buildings look very underexposed. By applying a gradient, though, it’s possible to add colour to the sky and also deal with the exposure problem. And it all starts with a selection... If you’d like to follow along, you can download our start image from here.
We start by isolating the sky. Use the Magic Wand if there is lots of contrast. Once selected, create a new layer and then click the Gradient tool. Make sure you have Linear Gradient selected and then click the Gradient bar to open the Gradient Editor.
Click the Black,White gradient from the Presets panel and then click the black colour stop below the gradient bar. Click the Color: bar at the bottom of the screen and then select a dark blue. Click OK to return to your canvas, hold down Shift on your keyboard and drag the cursor from the top to the bottom. Fill the sky area with blue.
To let the gradient colour merge with the photo, pick the Overlay blending mode. Now create a new layer, go to Select>Inverse and then Edit>Fill and pick White. Apply the Overlay blend mode again and the dull foreground will zing!
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