1. SJshah

    SJshah Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    How To Use Gradient Maps In Adobe Photoshop



    Using gradient maps can change everything about an image. They can be used for many different effects.

    Use the gradient map tool instead of gradient(fill) for better results and non-destructive gradient effects.

    This tutorial will go through the basics.

    Time needed: 10 mins
    Experience level: Beginner

    Step 1:

    Open the file or image you want to use. I will be using this wallpaper: http://i.imgur.com/68hoG1Lh.jpg


    Step 2:

    Go to: "Layers > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map..." to create a new gradient map layer.


    Step 3:

    Name your layer and edit the opacity to what you need. For this tutorial, I will keep the opacity at 100%, it can always be changed later.


    Step 4:

    The small arrow to the right of the gradient allows you to pick a gradient from a range of presets. You can create or download custom preset gradients.


    Step 5:

    Here is an example of a commonly used preset:


    Step 6:

    To customise or create your own gradient, click on the gradient itself.


    Step 7:

    Doubleclick on the arrows on the bottom of the gradient to edit the colour. For beginners, test and try it out all you want. You'll easily learn which gradients look good and which ones you require for certain effects.

    You can drag these arrows left and right to edit the position of the gradient or edit their location along the gradient using the "Location" option underneath - between 0% and 100%.


    Step 8:

    Here is one I created as an example:


    This is the effect I was able to create:


    Step 9:

    You can edit the opacity of the gradient map layer just like any other layer to decrease the visibility of the gradient.


    This is how it looks at a 70% opacity:


    That's all the basics covered. You can edit the colours along your gradient or choose and edit preset gradients. If you're a beginner, try to experiment with as many different combinations as you can to understand how different colours create different effects.

    Different Alterations:






    Download the PSD (Watermarked - Learning purposes ONLY)

    Reply here if you have any questions or anything to add to this tutorial.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2013
  2. msk19994

    msk19994 Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    I Love U <3
    I didnt know how to use photoshop and just taught me on how to do one thing in it :P
  3. SJshah

    SJshah Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    ^ Great to see you found it useful :) ...and this tutorial is doing it's job.
  4. ken

    ken Well-Known Member

    Sep 3, 2010
    how did you do this

  5. SJshah

    SJshah Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    If you download the .psd file it will be the layer called "Gradient Map 3", doubleclick the layer to see the gradient.

    Last edited: Aug 14, 2013
  6. ken

    ken Well-Known Member

    Sep 3, 2010
    can you upload your PSD in other host cause in mega not to work with me...

  7. SJshah

    SJshah Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    ^ Uploaded to mediafire, link is in the original post.
  8. ken

    ken Well-Known Member

    Sep 3, 2010
    thanks for the other host...
  9. rapzkylim

    rapzkylim Well-Known Member

    May 21, 2014
    thanks dude!
  10. s_shakib

    s_shakib Banned Banned

    Jun 15, 2014
    Wow, great. Think you for sharing this informative tutorial. Waiting for your next tutorial.
  11. cloudcandy

    cloudcandy Well-Known Member

    May 22, 2014
    Thank you for sharing this tutorial really helpful.
  12. shukria

    shukria Active Member

    Jun 27, 2014
    Nice work. Thank you for sharing this important tutorial. Waiting for the next.
  13. thasan406

    thasan406 Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    It's a very important tutorial. I like it very much.
  14. rew2

    rew2 Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2014
    cool and easy tutorial, i always use gradient map in making a lomo effect
  15. briefsboy

    briefsboy Member

    Mar 2, 2016
    Seriously a great post, thanks you so much.
  16. Megan.H

    Megan.H Active Member

    Jul 14, 2016
    thanks bro. I love using gradient but don't very good at it.
  17. perrysimicart

    perrysimicart Active Member

    Feb 24, 2017
    which version of photoshop is used in this tutorial ? Thanks

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