Understanding Gradients



I am putting three examples in here that are full size at 300 dpi.  Full size for me is 1920 x 1080, which just fits a wide screen 24 inch monitor.  You can right click them, choose save as, and get the full size image.  I know some of you have much larger monitors.  Yet keep in mind that they are high resolution, so you can tell your computer to: ‘fit screen’ without any real loss of detail.  And if they’re not 300 dpi, tell your computer that anyway, and see if you can fool it.  Besides, sometimes, it’s really cool to center something smaller and have some neato-beato black space to really make all your dorky (door key?) icons stand out.  I guess what I’m really trying to say is that I don’t remember what forking resolution they are and don’t care!  In the future, and who knows when that will be, I’ll make sure they’re 300 dpi.  NOW GET OFF MY BACK!!!

A wonderful deception

God I love corrupting you!  Not hard considering we’re a bunch of Apes.  Or, if you’re on drugs, a bunch of Grapes…  Color is deceptive in that it also carries with it properties of light and dark.  Because of this, gradients, complex ones that work with only Grey-scale, or just with a beige color added to give the illusion of copper, or gold for gold, one can produce hills and valleys upon an object without using the bevel and emboss controls in Photoshop.  In point of fact, when working with gradients, beveling them can ruin the effect, where-as drop shadow and inner shadow can enhance them.  Working with complex gradients and, ‘Kaleidoscope 2.1’ FREE mirroring application opens the door to all kinds of intriguing possibilities!

The spiral-graph or mirrored image started out as a simple tribal brush.  Since I have a compulsion for symmetry, I purposely sought to off-set the object from the center of the design using: ‘The Law of Thirds’, present as a grid on some camera screens to draw the eye away from our annoying tendency to center everything. Because the seem with what looks like rivets came that way with the background, I put a doorknob on it to simulate a door.  I then added the word: ‘Cyclotron’ ( whatever that means ) and the silver band on the far left, again just using gradients.  The only thing I really had to do was scale them to suit what regions I wish to stand out and what regions are to appear to recede into shadow… 

Gradients work on more than brushes


You can mirror patterns, shapes, and even letters of the alphabet using fancy script fonts and fill them with depth adding gradients.  This opens the door to a wide variety of choices, only limited by the extent of your imagination.  Photoshop also allows you to make your own gradients and save the sets as your own.  You can then upload them on The Photoshop Exchange site to share with other people.  They truly act like prefabricated bevels, saving you a lot of fiddling around with embossing effects…  And they’re easy to make and understand!  You really should give them a try.

Stunningly captivating results

Vlcan Steel

I’ll bring you other examples of these by varying the backgrounds.  In so doing, one may be inspired to allow there creative juices to flow on to other more challenging projects I’m presently involved in as i speak. BTW, blurring the background a little can add to a 3D effect as well…  I’ll explain those at a later date. Mean-while, enjoy displaying these however you wish. Some people who want entrance pages to their websites may even offer you cash for them.  Yes!  I just mentioned mammon!  ‘In God We Trust!’ and all that malarkey…  For using lots of colors, and glass effects, please refer the post just prior to this one within this category.  Now go into Photoshop, sit there like a dumb-cluck, wondering what in tar-nation I’m talking about…  I sincerely hope you’ll enjoy these and take full advantage of their qualitative aspects.  Lots of potential. That’s understanding gradients!  Cheers!


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