AWESOME Atmosphere with Photoshop Gradients #101

October 10, 2019 0 By Peter Engel

– [Narrator] Hi, I’m Glyn
Dewis, and in this video I’ve got a really quick
technique using gradients for adding mood and
atmosphere into your pictures. (camera shutter clicking) Okay, so the last time
you’d have seen this picture would’ve been in episode 91, where I showed you how
to add these shadows onto the back wall, which
is kinda like a window frame as light’s being cast through it. You can see from the original picture, this certainly wasn’t there, and then, you can see that we’ve got
them on that back wall. So if you haven’t seen the video, definitely go and check out episode 91. In this video, I wanna show another way that we can enhance
the mood and atmosphere in our pictures, and that’s using colour. So what I want you to do
then is kind of imagine with me that, in this particular picture that you can see here, just
off to the right hand side, just outside of view,
there is either a candle, a room light, a lamp, or
maybe even a light outside, a streetlight, and light’s
coming in from that, into the room, so it’s warming it up on the right hand side,
but as it comes further into the room it gets
cooler further, further across to the left hand side. Now, we’re gonna do that really quickly just using one adjustment
layer, that’s a gradient, or using one layer, rather,
and that’s a gradient. So the way we do that is this: we go to the layer menu,
and we’re gonna choose New Fill Layer and Gradient. Now there’s a few little
things to click on here, but first thing we need to do is name it. So just call it ‘light,’
and then click ‘OK.’ Now when we do that, we
get the gradient fill dialogue properties comes up here. And what we’re gonna do is click on the very very top bar here, the gradient that we’re
being given by default, and when we click on that, it
opens up the gradient editor. And this is where we
can start now to choose the look that we want to
actually give this picture. To be honest with you,
it doesn’t really matter what gradient we choose
here because we are going to change it in
just a little bit anyway. But the best one to use
for this particular effect is the fifth on along, and
if I have my cursor over it, it’ll probably say violet and orange. Never does it when you want it to. There you go, violet and orange. And if I just zoom in for you, you can see it’s the fifth
one along, just here. We’re gonna use that one. So I’m just gonna click on that, and when I do you can see
now, we get that violet to orange gradient
going from top to bottom on top of our picture. Now the violet, I’m sorry,
the orange I’m kinda liking, that’s gonna be nice, a good one to fake the look of the light, but this violet at the
bottom doesn’t really work. That’s needs to be cooler. Now the way we can change
the colour of each of these kind of parts of the gradient in the gradient editor,
at the bottom, here, you can actually see the gradient
going from left to right, we’re gonna click on the
bottom left hand stop here, and that’s the one that’s
defining the colour of violet. When I click on that it’s
gonna bring up the colour in the bottom here, I’ll
just zoom in to show you, you can see now it’s put
the colour in there for me. So if I now click on the colour, it then brings up the colour picker. And this is where I can sort of now choose what I want to change this violet to, and I want it to be a
little bit more blue. Now as I drag down here on the str- which is like the stretched
out colour wheel here, you can see, in real time,
the colour that I’m choosing. Not just in the little square here, but also on top of our
gradient on our picture over on the right hand side. So you can see it in real time there. Now somewhere roundabout
there is looking good. Yeah, kinda like there, maybe
just a little bit lighter. There’s good. And then we click ‘OK.’ Well then click ‘OK’
on the gradient editor to close that down cause I’m quite happy with the colours we’ve got now. But then, in the gradient fill, the small property dialogue box here, what we can do is use this angle disc. And we can choose which direction we want that light to be coming in from. Now I said I wanted it
to be the streetlight, or a candle, or a lamp coming
in from the right hand side, going across our room where it’s gonna go kinda like a cool blue. So maybe at this angle
here will kinda work. You can see, again, if
I zoom in, I’ve just kinda got it so the
angle points is going off to the right hand side there, something like that should be good. It doesn’t matter to be exact here, because you can always come back later on and change this, which
a great thing about it. Now while you’ve chosen
the gradient angle there, you can also come into
the picture, click down and drag left and right
to move the gradient to decide how much of the
orange you want in there, or how much of the blue you want in there. So it’s a really nice way
of being able to control it. Now we’ll leave it somewhere
roundabout there just for now. Click ‘OK’ to go back to our normal layers panel, but obviously
now we want to see our picture. So all we’re gonna do is
change the blender mode of this new gradient
here from normal to maybe overlay would be one to choose from. You could also choose soft light, but that actually seems
to make it a little bit more saturated, a little bit more red, which isn’t really the kinda
colour I want to go for. So I’m gonna leave it at
overlay, and I kinda like that. Now we’re at 100% opacity at the moment, you might think that’s
a little bit too strong, so you can obviously dial it down, the great thing about it
here, being on it’s own layer. Something like that is looking good. So maybe around about
60%-ish could kinda work, but you could be happy with it just there. But if you wanted to make
some changes to it now, if we just double-click on the gradient in the actual layers
panel, it’ll then bring up the gradient fill, you could
click on the gradient bar again to bring up the gradient editor, and you could click on the
colours and all this kinda stuff just here to open all these boxes again if you wanted to change the colours. But while we’re in here let’s
just go to the gradient fill. And I’m just gonna bring my cursor on top of the picture now and drag it down so we get a little bit more of that light coming in from the right hand side. But you can see how now I’ve
got this warm light coming in, it’s then fading gradually fading off just like the gradient
starts to blend those lights in together, and it gets cooler
over on the left hand side. So it certainly does add
quite a bit more atmosphere into the picture, especially
when it’s got those shadows on the back wall just there. So it’s a really quick
technique, one that you’ll be able to use in a lot
of your pictures there, just to finesse the final look, giving it the mood that you want. And if you want to use
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I’ll see you next time. (camera shutter clicking)