How to Use Gradient Maps to Color Tone in Photoshop?

How do Gradient Maps Work?

Gradient Map is a great way to Color Tone your images. You can use Pre loaded Gradients or make your own. You can change color of the Shadows, Mid Tones and Highlights separately with different colors. 

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How to Color Tone Using Gradient Maps in Photoshop

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How to Adjust Gradients in Photoshop

To adjust a gradient map, double-click on the layer thumbnail and then click on the gradient. You can choose from pre-defined gradients or create your own. To edit an existing gradient, click on the color swatches below the gradient, which will bring up another color box. Click on that Color box and use the Color editor to choose a new color. You can also move the color swatches by clicking and dragging them from left to right.

To add a new color swatch, click right below the gradient in the location you would like to add a new Color.

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How to Load More Gradient Maps in Photoshop

Photoshop comes pre-loaded with a few gradients. To add more gradients, click on the gear icon in the gradient editor. You can choose to load gradients from your computer or add them from a list at the bottom. Click on the list you would like to add, then choose ‘append’ to add them to the list of available gradients.

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