How to use blending modes with Photoshop gradients tutorial

How to blend Photoshop gradients multiple times using blending modes to create amazing colorful designs in CC 2018 2017 2015 etc tutorial

Blending modes and Photoshop gradients

photoshop gradients and blending modes tutorial how to use
  1. Select the gradient tool in Photoshop toolbar

  2. Select a gradient to use with Photoshop blending modes via preset picker

  3. Goto to the blending modes and select difference or darken

  4. Apply gradient to Photoshop document

  5. Apply the gradient again and the blending mode will blend the pixels with the original apply. This can be repeated over and over perhaps varying the mode to darken or difference


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Basics : linesUsing a single preset and then combining that using different blends can result in millions and millions of unique colorful images and backgrounds and overlays. There are infinite number of possible combinations as well as possible presets so you can create a vast range of super colorful designs that can be used as backgrounds, posters, models, CD covers and more.


Personally, I find the results of a subtle two stop presets much better than using a very complex 20 or so stop one.


At first you may find the results of the merge are a little unpredictable but after a few test runs I am quite certain that you will see how to mix the tool and settings with a more predictable result.


Buy $4.50 32,000 Colorful presets that can be merged in 1000s of ways in PS and PS Elements gallery


Combine with effects : filterIf you then use multiple different presets in the same way, literally billions of unique artworks can be created but in many cases, more and more applications can result in a very complex and unusual design but if that is what you want (and the artwork can then also be manipulated further with effects such as blurs to reduce some of the complexity).


Apply the GRD tool from the toolbar. Create a new layer via the layer menu and apply a new preset as well as change the origin and angle etc as required for that preset. Go to the layers panel and set to difference via the top menu commands. Flatten the layers and then go to the filter menu and apply a blur or filter gallery effect such as poster edges.


Other applications : othersThe compound result is often worth it and certainly often better than any single apply of the tool. PS has a number of different tool settings but if you really want to create some truly unique colorful merges than I would recommend also checking out the wonderful Sumo Paint which includes multiple bands and spirals.


Other tools such as Painter also has some really amazing features in the same area and they can be combined in countless ways using the same approach as PS. With the latest version of Painter you can now interactively modify the tool. Same with PSP.


Different origins and lengths : bubbleYou can apply the preset tool at different start positions as well as using different lengths and angles or perhaps fuse the color designs with changes to the apply for the tool such as using the linear followed by radial style and fusing that with the result with additional diamond style preset applications. You can also use different presets and bind those together also.


For example - Apply the preset as linear. Set to difference. Go to the types and set to radial. Create with a very small length to create the 'bubble' generated to create the example on the right


32 bit approach : hdrAn even better approach to use the 32bit color with the presets (go to the image menu and mode and select the 32bit) and then convert back to 8bit etc at a later point though the number of options is slightly less than 8bit, the beauty of the merging of the presets is probably worth any loss of the lesser used settings (I am certain everyone has their favorites).


You also get to manipulate the end result using the HDR toning when you convert back and that can create even more stunning color effects in seconds


Fill content : contentYou do not need to use the tool at all as you can also do much of the above using the menu command and the fill content found in the layer menu. You can also do the same combinations in the layer effects menu though I must admit the interactively of the toolbar can result in better images. The menu commands also mean the designs are on layers and are still live and the presets can then be tweaked and re-bound and merged in numerous ways, something that is often lost with the more destructive toolbar.


You can, of course, capture the mixing of the presets and the changes of the merging as a script and re-play this at a later time.


Selections : selectionsCreate a quick selection using the elliptical marquee tool. Apply the preset such as as in radial type and use the difference or lighten etc and create a colorful design inside that selection. Copy the created spherical design and paste. Shift that layer and then using the move tool and alt / option duplicate the layer multiple times and shift them throughout the document.


As they are layers you can also go to the top of layers panel and change that to difference or lighten etc also


Also you can use effects such as liquify as in the example on the right.


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