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Old 04-07-2008, 09:41 PM
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Re: Gradient maps different uses and techniques?

Putting black at both ends and white in the middle can create a mid-tone mask that can be fine tuned by sliding the two midpoints as well as the white point.
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Old 04-07-2008, 11:47 PM
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Re: Gradient maps different uses and techniques?

One of my favorites Edgework.

You might just save me the time from doing this!

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Old 04-08-2008, 10:30 AM
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One of my favorites Edgework.

You might just save me the time from doing this!

Chris
I'm really glad to see Gradient maps finally getting some exposure (and picking up some new applications for them in the process). They're one of the most powerful tools no one knows about (besides the posters here, of course). I actually got canned once for using them to match clothing colors. The results were fine but no one knew what I was doing and got annoyed when I suggested that they ought to learn.

Professional doesn't mean smart.
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:45 AM
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Re: Gradient maps different uses and techniques?

I actually got canned once for using them to match clothing colors. The results were fine but no one knew what I was doing and got annoyed when I suggested that they ought to learn.

It's great for matching colours like that as you can pick colours by pantone or whatever breakdown you want. I've used it in the same way as you before at work

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Old 04-08-2008, 11:16 AM
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Re: Gradient maps different uses and techniques?

I was wonder how you were able to match colors so precisely. I believe I am missing a step or two because I can apply different types of gradients but a B+W or skin tone gradient will not be a very precise color correction.
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:30 AM
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Re: Gradient maps different uses and techniques?

Its more for changing the colours of a product or a clothing garment than skin. If you need the colour to be precise as in a pantone you need to start with with a fairly dense tone before you use the gradient. Then you just assign the colours to the the gradient that you need.
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:32 AM
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Re: Gradient maps different uses and techniques?

Let me ask a question about the gradient maps and skin tones ...

I usually color skin with curves nowadays. I find it more precise and managable. However, when I used to use gradient maps for skin toning, the one thing I always ran into was a saving issue.
The first few times I created complex, fifty-color skin tone gradients for mapping, I saved them ... but when I went to use them the next time on a black and white image, pulling up the loaded gradients gave me nothing but the presets.
Since I didn't have the patience to try doing all that work again, I just made an action out of it. Nevertheless, I would be interested in knowing if there is a way to save the created gradients for use with future gradient maps. A way that they can actually be used. Obviously you can save them. I did that. The problem is accessing them and making them function.
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:46 AM
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Re: Gradient maps different uses and techniques?

Gradients are not something I personaly find very good for skin tones
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:46 AM
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Re: Gradient maps different uses and techniques?

I was worried with this problem too... the trick is not to use 'save', but 'new' to add your gradient to the existing ones.
I formerly used a workaround, saving my gradients in a PSD file, from which I could drag the adjustment layers into my working file. With a small file size, the PSD is not huge, and you can use your layers in any version of Photoshop or Elements.
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Old 04-08-2008, 04:57 PM
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Re: Gradient maps different uses and techniques?

Okay, good ... so it wasn't just ME! Saving is, in fact, an issue.
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