Gradient and transparency in Photoshop

In today’s digital workshop we learn’t techniques that can help us in different dimensions of photoshop. Whether we plan to use this as a print design or as digital mood boards. For todays experiment I focused on more of a print design. This was simply because I wanted to play around and see what I could create as a whole rather than something that consists of individual images.

Our main focus today was a gradient, beginning with how a colour can overlap onto another, creating a new colour in between then seeing the different tones within one colour from light to dark. I quickly began to see the benefits, it was a quick way to see what colours blend and work well with one another, this would be a useful within a digital mood board as a replacement for colour winding’s and help to recognise a consistent colour theme with in my work. I also like the gradient tool because I am able to distinguish the difference and preferences of a flat and gradient colour.

From this we then did the same using photographic images. (this was where I focused on my designs as a whole) Using the exact same techniques when working with colour, I used my photos to overlay one another, creating a transparent effect.


This was my first using three relatively similar photos, focusing on using the gradient tool. When completing this I did come across a few problems when using the gradient, I had somehow created a straight line across the middle, highlighting where I had used two different images. To address this situation I used a stamp tool that would pick up pixels that I could then drop in another area, in my case I used it to disguise the line. There were other ways as to erase this such as the patch tool, however this one worked best, through this problem it allowed me to see various ways to recover a problem.

What I like about using this technique on photoshop is that you can take a photograph and transform it into an original design idea, differentiating from the previous session on photoshop, I (using basic tool shapes) like how you can create two different effects. Designs can be illustrative with block flat colour and designs can become more defined and formal with layers and gradient. As I wanted to learn how to use a gradient of colour, I now feel this will be something continuous throughout my work as a textiles designer.

two images blue print

Again this is using the same images and continuing with the gradient tool, I created these potential prints by playing around with saturation, levels. This was a fun way of selecting certain areas of an original photo and taking that small element further into a repeat pattern. To a certain extent I am pleased with how the repeat has turned out however, I still feel as if it is unfinished and messy, but I am aware this will become easier once I become more familiar with creating a repeat pattern from a photograph on photoshop.

I soon began to like how changing levels of colour can uplift a design, once selected with colour you begin to image these designs further whether interior, fashion etc.


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