PS Foundations: Gradients

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Photoshop Foundations:  Gradients!

I am a firm believer that is it extremely difficult to learn Photoshop in one big lump sum with one all encompassing course.  There is just too much information to learn and pack into a single educational endeavor.  The one major problem with trying to make a course like that is that I would only be able to teach you introductions to important tools instead of spending the time I would need on each one.

In an effort to maximize your potential in Photoshop, I have created the Photoshop Foundations Series.  In this series, instead of giving you a brief intro to a tool or technique, I am going to take a deep dive into very specific areas.  For our first Foundations course, I am going to teach you how to use Gradients!

While gradients may seem like a simple concept, they are one of the most complex editing tools in Photoshop.  When you use gradients in creative ways you can make the most effective vignettes, you can make a boring sunset photo look extravagant, and you become the director of your viewer’s eyes.


What you will learn:

  • What gradients are and why we use them.
  • How to use the Graduated Filter in Adobe Camera Raw
  • How to use the Gradient Tool in Photoshop
  • How to make incredible Vignettes, Spot Lights and Sunset Effects with the Gradient Fill
  • How to use the Gradient Map to color grade your images and make successful Black and White reproductions.
  • How to use all the gradient tools in a single workflow to make brilliant photos.

Included in this course:

  • 107 Minutes of formal education and practical application using Gradients in Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw
  • An Actions Package to use after completing the course
  • 72 of Blake’s Gradients to install and use in your workflow

Programs Required:

  • Photoshop (CC or CS6).  Not included in the purchase of the course.


Lesson 3- ACR and Gradients

Length: 13 minutesComplexity: Standard

The Graduated Filter in ACR (or Lightroom) While Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom do not possess a traditional gradient tool like Photoshop, they do utilize the Graduated Filter.  The Graduated Filter…

Lesson 4- The Gradient Tool

Length: 11 minutesComplexity: Standard

The Gradient Tool in Photoshop The Gradient Tool in Photoshop is similar to what we learned in ACR and Lightroom, with one major exception.  It is a solid wash of…

Lesson 5- Vignettes and Spotlights

Length: 16 minutesComplexity: Standard

The Gradient Fill & Vignettes The Gradient Fill is a powerful tool in Photoshop.   It is rarely used in ways that it could be and can make some of the…

Lesson 6- Sunset Effects

Length: 13 minutesComplexity: Standard

The Gradient Fill & Sunsets Like a match made in heaven, the Gradient Fill and Sunsets are quite the pair!   I have used many tools to punch up my sunset and…

Lesson 7- Gradient Maps

Length: 14 minutesComplexity: Standard

Gradient Maps in Photoshop Gradient Maps are very different from Gradient Fills.  Gradient Fills wash the entire canvas with the gradient of your choice and Gradient Maps attribute the gradient…

Lesson 8- Gradient Workflow

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Standard

Putting all this Gradient Stuff Together It is one thing to learn all the facets of Gradients, but it is another to be able to apply them in your workflow.…

Lesson 9- Conclusion to Gradients

Length: 12 minutesComplexity: Easy

The Conclusion and the Actions In the final lesson of Photoshop Foundations: Gradients, we will discuss everything we talked about.  We will hit the highlights, and I will show you…