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.

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Step 2)

Create a new layer.

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Step 3)

Hit “G” to bring up the gradient bar.

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Step 4)

In the gradient editor, select “white/black”

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Step 5)

Draw the gradient.

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Step 6)

In the layer properties window, select “Overlay”

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Step 7)

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

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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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  • John Garghan says:

    first of all here in the UK we only get one day of sunny weather (well not that bad but …) I use a slightly longer method loosely select the sky feather the selection at 200 then darken with the Image>Adjustments>Brightness. this works great when you a busy sky with clouds

    Thanks for your tip

  • John Garghan says:

    first of all here in the UK we only get one day of sunny weather (well not that bad but …) I use a slightly longer method loosely select the sky feather the selection at 200 then darken with the Image>Adjustments>Brightness. this works great when you a busy sky with clouds

    Thanks for your tip


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