How to use blending modes with Photoshop gradients tutorial

How to blend Photoshop gradients multiple times using blending modes tutorial to create unique colorful designs. This can be done in CC 2018 2017 2015 etc

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 appy. This can be repeated over and over perhaps varying the mode to darken or difference


Video tutorial on the subject by (youtube)


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.


You can find out more about how to create the resources via the search at the top of the page such as how to add additional stops and transparency to the design.


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 unpredicatable 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 $9.95 32,000 Colorful presets that can be merged and combined in 1000s of ways in PS and PS Elements gallery


If 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).


The compound result is often worth it and certainly often better than any single apply of the tool (Photoshop 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 - just a suggestion)


You 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.


The result of all these combinations can be then further manipulated by effects such as oil paint or using tools such as adjustments.


An even better approach to use the 32bit color with the presets (goto 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


You do not need to use the tool at all, 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 interactivity 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.


So, go and try the merging of presets. Select the tool in the toolbar and then go to the presets dropdown and select one of the current presets or load additional presets (such as the 32,000 presets collection available on thise site) and then select difference or darken or multiple or overlay and then select the linear or radial style and apply and then re-apply in a different location in the image. You can do this onto a layer (which can then, if the experiment turns out to be a disaster) deleted in seconds via the layers panel or you can add the presets to an existing image perhaps filling a face or type with a whole range of colors which can then be amalgamated even further with other images and presets and effects.


The results of any of these can all be saved to the creative cloud library and you can use the preset fused artwork as a new layer or background for web pages, 3D designs and much more. You can also export the results for use in other applications.


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