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01-30-2011   #1 (permalink)
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Can someone teach me how to effectively use gradient maps? My friend said that they add that little extra oomph to imaages, but I can't seem to get it right.

Also, where would you guys suggest I find patterns or brushes? I looked at the resource page, but all but DeviantART don't have many vector-esque brushes. Same goes for fonts. Everyone here has such pretty fonts and mine all turn out so blech

Also looking for general tips on improving my signature making/photoshop skills please! Sorry if this isn't allowed
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Are you looking for tips on how to make and use gradient maps or tips on what they can be used for?
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Uhh, tips when to use them. I know how to make them, I just don't undertand how to effectively use them to enhance my projects
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Oh, I see. They're usually used to blend colors of your work easily. I don't really agree that they're the "oomph" of the work, but they make your colors of your work more uniformed.

I also usually use them to create the atmosphere of my work. I just choose a scheme that I want and it automatically uniforms my work. To make that extra "oomph", I use Selective Color and Levels instead for that final adjustment for the colors.

Does that make any sense? :s
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Sorry, I went to get a haircut. The part about the gradient map makes much more sense now. What do you mean selective colors though?
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Selective colors adjusts any color you see left on your work by means of using the levels. I usually typically to adjust extra unwanted colors to something else.

Let me give you an example of what I do with gradient maps, and selective color. Here's a scrap signature I was making last year:
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The possibilities are endless depending on what you want to achieve in your work
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Ah! That was perfect, thank you so much! I get it now :]
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No problem Remember you can also change the layer style to also help adjust your Gradient Map.
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