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The EarlK Design blog consists mainly of entries that show how to do things using Adobe Photoshop that I hope you will find helpful and give your creative mind more tools to work with.

I use Adobe Photoshop CS6, and sometimes Adobe Illustrator CS5, Lightroom 5, and Corel Painter X. However, I believe that much of what I show can be done using Photoshop Elements.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Other Days with Earl Episode 5-Gradient Tool, Part 2

In Episode 5 (Getting to Know Your Gradient Tool, Part 1) of Thursdays with Earl that is on jessicasprague.com, I showed what the Gradient Tool does and what the five different types of gradients did and how to use them. You may remember that the Gradient Tool creates a blending of colors in a transition from the beginning color to the ending color. At the end of that episode I said that I would show you more about the Gradient Picker and the Gradient Editor in a future episode. That would be Part 2. It is considerably later than I thought it would be, but now that I have a blog, here is Part 2. It is in this Other Days with Earl Episode 5, Gradient Tool, Part 2.

In Episode 5 Other Days with Earl, I show you all about the Gradient Editor and how you can make just about any gradient you want. Once you see what the editor is all about, it is rather easy to come up with your specific gradient that you want to use. Here is what the Gradient Editor looks like when you have adjusted it to your desires.

I explain what you need to know and how to go about creating your own gradients. Then I show you how to use this information to make background papers. This is an example of a background paper that was made using the gradient showing above. I used some gradient modes and some layer blending modes to come up with this paper.

Then I show you how to change the color of this paper so that it matches a color that you want to coordinate from a photo that will be placed on the paper. For example

If you want Other Days with Earl Episode 5 Gradient Tool-Part 2-Gradient Editor, you can download it from box dot com. It is a .pdf file of about 17MB size. To download it, Click here.

There will be a follow-on episode of Other Days with Earl, Gradients Part 3, in which I will show you the Noise Type of gradient. They can be fun, but not as controllable as the Solid Type of gradient. That's for the future. 

Here are six freebie papers for you.

These papers are from my Bold Dots collection. If you haven't see my tutorial on Bold Dots, scroll down until you come to it. These freebie papers are all 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB papers in .jpg format ready for you to use. This is what they look like.
You can download these freebie papers from box dot com by clicking here.
The papers are in a zip file and you will have to unzip the file to use the papers. I hope you enjoy them and find them useful.

That is all for now. More later.

Enjoy life and have fun with your scrapbooking!



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