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Using the Gradient Tool on a Layer Mask

Layer Masks make it easy to tweak and refine adjustments you’re applying in Photoshop. In short, they work by allowing you to use a black or white color on the mask to remove or reveal an effect. (Black conceals, white reveals.) In this tutorial, I’ll first apply a sunlight effect to my image. Then, I’ll show you how to use the Gradient Tool on a Layer Mask to make the light effect fade gradually into the photo.

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Learn how to use the Gradient Tool on a layer mask to gradually fade an effect into your image in Photoshop!
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  • tanya

    come on!! This is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing- This is great and so easy!

  • Rhonda

    thanks for sharing. I learned something new and easy for bringing in light

  • madelyn

    Thanks for sharing Morgan! This was really a cool tip!!!!

  • Sara Coffey

    That was such a cool easy tip! Thank you for sharing that! I dont usually use the gradient tool very much but I will now 🙂

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