Monday, September 21, 2009

Video Tutorial - Using a Mask with an Adjustment Layer

When we make adjustments to a photo in Photoshop, we nearly always use an adjustment layer. But what if you don't want the apply the adjustment to the entire image? In this video, we show you how to create a mask on an adjustment layer using the gradient tool. This is a great technique for handling images with a relatively straight horizon line.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is very interesting for me to read that post. Thanks for it. I like such topics and anything connected to this matter. I definitely want to read a bit more soon.

November 17, 2009 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for the comment. we always appreciate hearing from our readers because it lets us know which content is most popular.

All the best!

November 17, 2009 at 6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That curves option is only available in CS4 I am assuming?

February 24, 2010 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

No - unless you are running an incredibly old version of PhotoShop, you will have access to the curves option. If you don't see the Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette, create a Duplicate Layer instead. With the duplicate layer selected, choose Image > Adjustments > Curves - and make the appropriate adjustment. You can create a gradient mask as shown in the video, and you're all set.

CS4 does offer a variety of interesting options that weren't available in older versions of Photoshop - but Curves has been around for a long time!

Thanks for the questions! And good luck!


February 25, 2010 at 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, I should have clarified. That "option" within the curves tool, where you click on the image and manipulate the curves histogram locally...that option is what I was referring to. I've never seen that option in my curves window. Does that make sense?

Sorry, thanks for any response though!!

February 26, 2010 at 5:33 AM  

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