As regulars to this weekly podcast know, Photoshop Top 40 is a reverse-order countdown of what I consider to be the best, most essential, can’t-live-without-‘em features in all of Photoshop. Some are sweet, some are sexy, some are sizzling cool. And then there’s this one: the gradient tool.
I mean, every program offers a gradient tool, right? But Photoshop’s is special. Not only can you paint a soft transition from black to white, or between any two or more colors for that matter. But you can also soften the transition from one image to another. The gradient tool fades, swipes, tapers, and more. It is, simply put, one of Photoshop’s simplest and most powerful masking functions.
You may recognize this composition as the one I used to demonstrate Feature #25: Selection Calculations. Which is to say, all the base art comes to us from image vendor Fotolia. This includes the sky (free_photo: #12254744); the crowd (Sergio Hayashi: #5401081); the rays (Imrich Farkas: #9327368); and the smiley face (Beboy: #15826580). Click this link for a special deal.
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