Be sure to check off as you go along.
If you haven't already done so, go to Preserve Your Original File.
If you haven't already done so, go to Create a Background Copy Layer.
If the landscape, the foreground, becomes too dark, ignore it.
Optimize the sky.
The gradient will block the effect of the Levels adjustment layer on the landscape.
7) in options bar/Tool Options, make sure:
• The gradient type is Linear.
• Mode is Normal.
• Opacity is 100%.
• Reverse is not selected.
• Dither and Transparency are selected.
The mask created with the gradient will appear in the Levels adjustment layer mask thumbnail.
Where the mask is black, the effect of the Levels adjustment layer is blocked.
As the mask changes from black to transparent, the effect of the Levels adjustment layer is revealed.
If you haven't already done so, go to Masking.
Compare the two versions by deselecting the eye icon of the Levels adjustment layer.
You can adjust the sky by:
• Tweaking the Levels adjustment layer.
Double click the icon in the Levels adjustment layer to reopen the Adjustments panel.
• Lowering the opacity of the Levels adjustment layer to reduce its effect.
The Opacity box is at the top of the layers stack, to the right of the Blending Mode box.
It probably has 100% inside.
Here are the two versions side-by-side.
|Original||Levels & Gradient on the Sky|
If you haven't already done so, go to Saving Files.
Next, we'll use a gradient in a sky that's obscured by trees.