Magic of gradients

posted on 19th of july, 2009

I love sketches. And surprises :)
Adding some colors with sometimes unexpected result is what I want to share with you.
Just open a sketch in Photoshop and chose Image -> Adjustments -> Gradient map. Play with options there and find gradient that suits your image the best. The result may be unexpected. If you like it, adjust some colors, options, add some strokes and effects to finish the picture.

You may also make some copies of the sketch layer, apply different gradient maps to them and then use masking to reveal some of one, some of another to enlighten some central figure or different picture parts.

If you use noise removal filters afterwards and maybe add some blur the sketch will turn into painting.

It's like a game. You can never know which gradient will add magic to you sketch. That's why I love it.

Comments (7)

Comment by Eclecticelegance on July 23, 2009

Wow! That is really interesting!

Comment by Tanyae on July 23, 2009

Olga, thank you for the interesting advice! that's great! it's worth to try!

Comment by Hlehnerer on July 21, 2009

Wow! Excellent drawing!

Comment by Kaththea on July 20, 2009

You have really great drawings! I'm in love with the flowers in a flowerpot!))

Comment by Wildmac on July 19, 2009

Great drawings, thanks for the tips :0)

Comment by Rebeccaosborn on July 19, 2009

nice effects, thanks for the tips!

Comment by Mani33 on July 19, 2009

Nice sketches, thanks for the tips and good luck with them.
Cheers ;)

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