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The main difference between the initial example and your experiments is that the original does not cover nearly as drastic a change in hue. Going from golden-yellow to magenta/pink is about a 1/6 turn on the colour wheel. In contrast, your experiments (orange-red to blue-violet, blue-violet to yellow-green, and cyan to blue-violet) are all more than 1/4 ...


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Since you are asking "why are they perceived differently", here is another (very geeky) thing to consider: the perceived luminescence of an RGB colour. This is hard to apply, so take my answer almost just as trivia : ) The luminescence value of a colour of indicates how "lit up" you perceive it. If the colour would be a light bulb, a colour with low ...


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Noise and dither usually yield quite good results. There's a couple of things that may make “banding” more apparent: “start” and “stop” colors gradient size (banding becomes more apparent when “start” and “stop” points are getting farther from each other—gradient have to be “projected” on more samples with the constant number of available brightness ...


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Quick & dirty method Use readily available custom shape, which has been included in the installation since probably CS 1 — maybe even before that. I didn't realize its powers at first, mainly because the small thumbnail is distorted with a heavy moiré pattern (here highlighted): Just draw that shape behind the object you want to "emit rays". ...


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Here's my way... Prepare an empty layer. Draw a rectangular marquee across the half of the layer. (like on the image above). Fill that selection with your desired ray color. Select Filter > Distort > Wave. Select the Square type and adjust the wavelength to increase/decrease bars (max and min the same value). Apply. Select Filter > Distort > ...


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Don't confuse "match" with "harmonise". There's a big difference. These colours don't match (they aren't the same). They do harmonise. To understand the difference, and my answer (which I promise I will get to!), we have to take a slight detour into what colour is. One of the most unfortunate things about describing colour is that key terms with ...


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Color Separation This is the process of taking the artwork and (for the lack of a better term) separating the colors to facilitate the creation of the individual printing plates. To show by example, here's a 3 color job: Your printer probably won't expect you to create the plates with the trim and registration marks†, but you can certainly help them out ...


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That image can go either way, but I would say it is upside down to understand the context of the name. Essentially, "chrome" in its classic context really doesn't have a color—it's a mirrored finish on metal parts—and it can only reflect the environment it is in. Think desert horizon on an antique car fender, like a '57 Chevy, and there's your "metallic ...


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I suspect that the curve on that shadow might be an optical illusion of sorts. As @lawndartcatcher explains in his answer, the curved look can be achieved by making the intensity (or opacity) of the shadow fall off towards either end. Here is a step-by-step look at that process. Here is my top layer: Below that I add a basic soft shadow (I used a ...


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Yes, it's possible to create high quality gradients. There's lots of factors to take into consideration though. Photoshop doesn't and can't dither on the alpha channel. You're better using solid colours, if possible. Also, try to avoid layer opacity. Create the gradient using the exact colours you need. Edit: Photoshop CC 2014.2 added alpha channel ...


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Simply use the color picker in an app like Photoshop. Set the dialog to use the H or Hue option and find a starting color. Then to get color of similar value, move the slider up and down the color bar. This will keep saturation and brightness the same, and only change the Hue value. Don't move the circle in the large color pane. There are also other ...


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Look at the images - you choose the same options and get the result - You select the path and invoke GRADIENT panel where you choose between 3 STROKE options according to the desired effect: or or


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They're just careful applications of gradient fills and/or meshes to give a depth effect. Not everything has a specific term for which complete tutorials can be found. I would advise just trying to recreate these logos and come back when you hit a specific problem.


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When it comes to gradients I know there are several opinions on this, but in my opinion gradients are best used when they provide depth. A gradient should never take away from a design or distract from the message of the design. In most instances they are being used to mimic a light source in either radial or linear format. Radial provides the best look for ...


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I think a very subtle gradient will definitely improve the aesthetics of the buttons. Since the Windows 8 "Metro" style is a large proponent of this style, I'll use that as an example: At first glance the "tiles" look like they are a flat color, but if you look closely there is a very slight gradient going left to right. It is more noticeable on some than ...


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I think you're trying to apply a mezzotint effect. Filter > Pixelate > Mezzotint From this: To this:


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You can do the following. Create a new transparent layer and choose the "Blend Tool" and in the tool options, set the gradient to "FG to transparent". Select the color you want to use for the vertical line and draw a gradient from one side of the canvas to the other. Go to "Filters->Distorts->Polar Coordinates" and the default settings should be ...


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Click and drag the gradient fill into position while the Layer Style dialogue box is still open.


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This was probably drawn in Illustrator. My guess with this one is the text FBTO is a clipping mask making everything outside of it transparent. In a layer underneath it looks like they have made a layer with a gradient mesh. They've manipulated the mesh to create a rainbow effect and, as part of this effect, its become distorted a bit to created that ...


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Drag the Gradient Filled object to the Graphic Styles Panel. The angle will be retained in a Graphic Style (along with any other appearance settings) Then, when you need to reapply the gradient, select the new object and click the Graphic Style in the Panel.


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Type a V Rotate it 180° Apply a gradient overlay.


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For Photoshop: Starting with the source image in greyscale: Source: http://everysinglepixel.com Add a layer with a gradient fill on top of it, adjust the blending mode for the layer to something that looks nice. I chose Soft Light and tweaked the opacity.


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Here's how I do it (steps correspond to pictures). Starting shape to shade. Create copy of shape with color of the shade (or highlight) you want to "speckle" and make sure the layer is above the original shape Create a mask on this layer (3rd button from the left in layers palette) Ensure that the mask is still selected and fill this mask with 50% gray ...


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You can easily do this with a Gradient (without a gradient appearance). Don't let the term "Gradient" throw you. It's just the name of the tool, it doesn't have to mean a smooth transition between colors. Just make certain the Location for both gradient stops is set the same. You can even make this dynamic while keeping text live. So, it moves with the ...


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Layer masks are located under the channels tab. Copy the contents of your layer by selecting it then pressing Ctrl+A to select all followed by Ctrl+C to copy. Select the layer that you want to mask and create a new mask by clicking the "add layer mask" icon at the bottom of the layers panel. Go to channels tab (at the top of the layers panel), and select ...


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RGB and CMYK are two different colour spaces. RGB is meant to represent the colours that can be produced with light using Red, Green and Blue dots. CMYK is way more limited. It is meant to represent colours that can be created with ink, but not with any ink but specifically mixing Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. The RGB space and the CMYK space have ...


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This was confusing at first but the striving for information has led me to a clearer understanding. RGB vs CMYK There is clear discrepency between gradients in RGB and CMYK this becomes clearer when you realise the palettes used by each colour mode are drasitcally different. Colour consists of HUE, SATURATION and BRIGHNESS RGB RGB uses a single HUE ...


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It looks like an extremely stretched circle with a 2 or 3px feather to me... not a gradient or true drop shadow at all. layer 1 layer2 (circle marquee with 2px feather and anti-alias on filled w/ black. Layer opacity set to 25%) Both layers combined. My example only took 3 minutes to build. You could def elaborate by using a large 10% opacity eraser ...


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Create the radial gradient on its own layer, whether directly or through the use of a gradient effect, then convert the layer to a Smart Object using Filter > Convert for Smart Filters or Convert to Smart Object from the Layers Panel flyout. You now have a gradient that you can resize and transform using the Edit > Free Transform as needed. Because it ...


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It's easiest to complete this isometric maze in Adobe Illustrator. I've tried for the first time, creating a screencast that most accurately shows the necessary steps to complete this and adds some commentary on the use of accurate gradients. Still improving at screencasts, but hopefully it gets the points across. Part 1: How to make an Isometric top - ...



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