The winner of the Creating Keepsakes subscription giveaway is commenter #1, Ava who commented:
The only times I’ve used gradients are those with tutorials that I can follow. Looks like I have to practice just a little bit more…thanks Deena. I always love your lay-outs.
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Hey RP fans! Deena Boese from Creating Keepsakes magazine back at the table with another Photoshop tutorial! I was recently talking with a reader who was just dipping her feet into the digital waters. She commented that her first digital layout was looking “flat” and unfinished. She wanted to know if I had a favorite trick that was easy, versatile and added that extra finishing touch. I gotta admit. This girl made me think! Then it hit me. Gradients! I use them in almost every project I design. From blending colors, to adding shadow depth, to editing photos…this trusty solution is one I always rely on. Let’s take a look at some of the fun and easy ways gradients can be used!
Foreground to Background
Here is an example of a basic gradient that blends a foreground color of blue with a background color of green. Try layering a gradient over textured paper and applying a blending mode for added depth.
Foreground to Transparent
This layout uses a gradient from a foreground color of white to transparent. The transparent grade at the bottom of the layout allows the patterned paper to show then graduates to crisp opaque white at the top.
Here I set my foreground color to blue and selected the FOREGROUND TO TRANSPARENT gradient option to add a beautiful blue sky to my photos.
Create Housing for Text
Another great trick is to use a black to transparent gradient over a photo or busy patterned paper to create a home for a title or journaling.
Wanna learn how simple it is to create and use gradients? Read on!
And now you know! I hope you have fun experimenting with the multitude of ways you can create and use gradients on your digital layouts! For easy reference, I’ve included a PDF handout you can download and add to your “Wanna Learn How” library. And as a bonus gift, I’ve also included this gradient-infused graphic you can download for FREE!
As always, we want to hear from you! Have you seen a digital technique that made you say, “Oooh! I wanna learn how to do that!”? Leave a comment to let us know what techniques you want to see here. I have a free one-year subscription to Creating Keepsakes magazine in my hands that will go to one random (and lucky) commenter. So be sure to drop us a line to be entered in the drawing! Good luck!