1- Open the image that could have
benefited from a gradation filter. (You want a darker sky, lighter foreground.)
2- Duplicate the layer. On the top
layer, select the Add Layer Mask
at the bottom of the Layers
pull down menu. (It looks like a gray square with a
white circle inside.)
3- Open the
Gradient Tool. Select
Foreground to Transparent.
4- Select black as your
5- Click and drag the
Gradient Tool from
bottom to top. Experiment for best effect.
6- In the layer box select
7- This gives you 100% more density in
the unmasked area. For less density, change the transparency of the top layer to
a lesser percentage than 100%. For a darker gradation simply duplicate the top
layer! And again for even darker sky. Watch the top get darker.
8- Of course there are many variations.
Circle gradient, wedge, bar, etc. Also contrast etc can also be played with in
this same manner. Wow. What a tool. Gradient combined with mask.