A Quick Way to Fake a Gradient Filter in Photoshop

So you have rushed out to shoot a landscape on a sunny day, and while you tried to remember the sunny f/16 rule, you forgot to take your gradient filter with you and you have some washed out skies in your shots. Fear not! All is not lost. Here is a quick and dirty way to fake a gradient filter in Photoshop.

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Step 1)

Open your image in Photoshop.


Step 2)

Create a new layer.


Step 3)

Hit “G” to bring up the gradient bar.


Step 4)

In the gradient editor, select “white/black”


Step 5)

Draw the gradient.


Step 6)

In the layer properties window, select “Overlay”


Step 7)

In the Layer properties window, adjust the opacity to suit your tastes.


Well, that’s about it. It’s quick. It’s nasty. And it can save your washed out skies when you’re in a bind.


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Rob was given his first camera (the awesome and powerful Kodak Instamatic of the late 70s) at the age of 5. He still hasn’t quite mastered it. When he isn’t tinkering on the internet updating Light Stalking, he can often be found on his unending quest for the perfect landscape shot. Rob started Light Stalking simply because he loves writing and photography. It grew to be one of the most referenced photography sites in the world. Rob is also the co-founder of Photzy.com and you can find him on Twitter, Facebook, and mail as well.


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