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Finally, the Diamond style is similar to the Radial style, except that the edges form a square rather than a smooth circle. This can be useful for certain kinds of vignette effects, for example. 4 ADOBE PHOTOSHOP TOOL TECHNIQUES – FOCUS GUIDE 63 Chapter 5 Gradient Masks Use a simple black and white gradient in a layer mask for creating composite images Application options You can apply masks to adjustment layers as well as normal image layers. So we could have applied the levels as an adjustment layer using the same gradient trick to mask out its effect on the lower part of the image.

In this case a Linear gradient is created, but in opposite directions from where you drag. You can then choose colours for the gradient from your image. Finally, the Diamond style is similar to the Radial style, except that the edges form a square rather than a smooth circle. This can be useful for certain kinds of vignette effects, for example. 4 ADOBE PHOTOSHOP TOOL TECHNIQUES – FOCUS GUIDE 63 Chapter 5 Gradient Masks Use a simple black and white gradient in a layer mask for creating composite images Application options You can apply masks to adjustment layers as well as normal image layers.

In the Options bar set the blending mode in the drop-down menu to Luminosity and the opacity to 50%. You can then clone the image using only the brightness of the sampled point. This lets you get rid of light or dark blemishes easily, without changing the colour. IF THE blemish is a red patch of skin or bruise, set the blending mode to Colour before you clone. That way the brightness of the pixels remains the same, but the off-colour will be removed. MAKING USE of both apply modes in turn is likely to be the best option for very bad marks like cuts and bruises.

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