Created with CS3, not translateable as far as I know.
The best way to approach anything with graphic making is to experiment with everything. The only way you're going to get used to using any of the graphic programmes and the tools in them would be through experimentation. There's only so much that tutorials and written-out steps can teach you before you have to tackle it yourself on your own images. But don't hesitate to ask questions!
Okay. To be totally honest, I don't understand exactly how gradient maps work. I don't understand the science behind them so this site
explains them far better than I ever could.A Gradient Map is an adjustment that can be made to a layer or selection. (This can be found under Image > Adjustments > Gradient Map.) Photoshop looks at the grayscale value of every pixel and assigns it a new color based on that value. The new colors are represented by a single gradient in the dialog box. Imagine a white circle and a gray rectangle on a black background. A Gradient Map is then applied to this, with the gradient running from blue on the left to red on the right. The resulting image will show a red circle and a purple rectangle on a blue background.
For any of these examples presume I've prepared my base the same each time, which is the way I generally always prepare them: base --> base dup set to multiply --> base dup set to screen, sharpen. Prepare your base however you do it and we'll go from there. I can't guarantee the results will be the same but these caps I'm going to work with as examples are going to be general ones just to show the results.( Collapse )
The very best way I can say you'll ever "get" gradient maps is if you experiment with them. I'm explaining how I use them in my icon routine. For me gradient maps are a very important part of the colouring process. But other people who already use other methods, like levels or colour balance or textures might want to use gradient maps as a way to enhance colour or to add something that looks more like texture. And that's fine! That's great! Just don't take what I'm doing as the be-all, end-all of gradient maps or gradients in general.
I use my gradient maps 90% of the time on soft light. It's a mode that I can control the colours the best with. But I applied a gradient using all the modes to show you what the others look like on full opacity an fill. As you will see, most of them are not modes you want to use at full strength, and sometimes not at all, depending on the gradient and image you're using. But that's not to say you shouldn't 100% of the time. Again, experiment!( Collapse )( Collapse )( Collapse )( Collapse )
I provided some starter gradients to download in my original post here
. Please follow the rules if taking.I know there's a lot I didn't cover and the examples I used were only for SPN so I'm open to questions. If you have anything you want to know about, are confused about, think I could help with, please ask! Leave images in the comments with questions or that you're trying to work with. Leave your own attempts in the comments so I can see!
Please let me know if this was helpful or not. If it was, what was it that helped you the most? If not, what could I do differently to explain things? Was it the caps I used, that I only focused on SPN, that I didn't show enough examples? That I didn't explain things in enough detail?