Gradient Toning

June 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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There are many ways that a photographer can edit images from slight adjustments in brightness in almost any editing program to more advanced edits in Lightroom and Photoshop. Even within advanced programs there are a number of plug-ins, actions, templates, Presets, ect.. that can aid in your workflow.

One very easy adjustment in Photoshop involves gradient maps.  Color MenuColor Menu

Once you load you primary image, choose Layer..New adjustment layer...Gradient map.

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The gradient map will affect your shadows, mid-tones, and highlights. In the example above, the initial window that opens converted the shadows to a shade less that pure black and gradually moved to the highlights to which it applied a much much lighter shade of black.  If you double click the gradient, a second box will open as shown above. Here you have many more options from which to choose. 


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