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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M J U N E 2 0 2 3 • G R A P H I C S P R O 9 1 Modify color It's easy to make changes to the fill layer. Double-click on the fill layer thumbnail in the Layers panel to bring the Color Picker up again. Adjust the hue, saturation, and/ or brightness, click OK, and voila! e color is modified. Gradients A gradient is a continuous blend of col- ors. Just like solid colors, gradients can be applied to the image as fill layers. To create a gradient fill layer, choose Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient, or click the icon on the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Gradient. When the New Layer dialog box appears, the name of the new layer defaults to Gradient Fill 1. Rename the layer to better identify it. en click OK, and the Gradient Fill dia- log box will appear (Fig. 5). I really can't talk about gradient fill layers without mentioning the Gradient Editor. To edit an existing gradient or to create a new one, click on the gradient ramp in the Gradient Fill dialog box to display the Gradient Editor. Choose a gradient from the swatch list that is displayed. I usually start with the default — Foreground to Background (Fig. 6). Name the gradient. Choose a type: Solid or Noise. Solid is a simple display of colors while Noise presents a control panel for editing in various color modes. Solid is much easier to use, but Noise presents some interesting effects. e colors of the gradient are displayed as a ramp with little house-shaped stops. Click the left lower stop to display the Color Picker and assign a color. e ramp changes to display the gradient in its cur- rent state. To add a color, click just below the ramp to generate a new stop (Fig. 7). Once again, assign a color. To adjust the distri- bution of the color, drag the stop to the right or left. Drag the mid-point diamond icons to adjust distribution between two colors. Add as many colors as you want and distribute them. To delete a stop, drag it away from the ramp. e upper stops adjust the opacity of a section of color on the ramp. Click on a transparency stop and enter a value from 0 to 100 percent. e transparency stops are Fig. 5: The Gradient Fill dialog box. Fig. 6: The default Gradient Editor (right). Fig. 7: The Gradient Editor with colors edited and added.

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