How to create a Gradient Erase to blend images in photoshop

How to create a Gradient Erase to blend images in photoshop

If you need to erase an image gradually, either to merge photos together, or brush images, here’s how to use the gradient tool to erase. I’m going to use this image of a nice swan.. First duplicate the image onto a new layer: Select All > Copy > Paste. Now select all of the background layer and delete it, leaving you with a blank layer beneath the swan layer. Click on the layer with the image on it to select it. Now at the bottom of the Layers panel, click on Add Layer Mask Select the Gradient tool and set it to a black/white gradient, and drag across the image. Now the image fades out to reveal the transparent layer under it. You can now fill the bottom layer with colour, brushes, or add another image. I added a tree brush on the background layer. (Yeah ok it’s not ever so imaginative but you get the idea!) And here’s one I made earlier.. This image has three photos merged together – the water at the bottom, the boy on the plinth, and a stormy...
How to use different colours on a single brush design

How to use different colours on a single brush design

Brushes are great, but they only work with a single colour. If you want to add multiple colours or gradients to your brushes here are a few ways to do it. Gradient Overlay method First make a new layer, and place your brush design on it – the colour doesn’t matter. I used brush number 2 from my Gradient Curves set. Go to layer > Layer Style > Gradient overlay. Choose the gradient you want or make a new one, using the settings below. make sure preview is on so that you can experiment with the setting until you’re happy with the result. And here’s how it looks. One brush, three blended colours.. Feathered Selection method For more complex brushes, you can use the selection tool. Again start by putting the brush on its own new layer. I used a brush from my free Swirls and Seeds set Using the freehand Lasso Tool, select a portion of the design you’d like to change. Go to Select > Feather and choose a number from around 20 to 100 pixels, depending on the size of your design. Feathering the selection means you get nice soft blended gradations of colour – the bigger the feather, the softer and more gradual the blend. Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. With the preview on, move the hue slider until you get the colour you want. You can adjust the lightness and saturation too. If you repeat the process on different areas, you’ll end up with something like this. Magic Wand method Lastly and most simply, if your brush is a clean edged one...
Free – Gradient Curve brushes

Free – Gradient Curve brushes

This a favourite set of mine which I’m now releasing for free. Really useful for creating flowing and vibrant backgrounds. There are 19 high resolution brushes in the set, which is for personal/non-profit use. If you’d like to use them commercially you can buy a license here You can get good effects with the brushes as shown in the preview above by using different layer blend modes and styles. Start with a black or dark background, and put each brush (in the colour you like) on a separate new layer. Then go to Layer > Layer style > Blending options. In the drop down under ‘Blending options’ choose something other than Normal, and if you have preview on you will see the different effects you can get. I like using mutiply or overlay. Then you can add drop shadow, outer glow etc until you get a good effect. Its all just a matter of playing around with the layers until you get a nice...