Gradient background effect
2005 at 05.19 am posted by Veerle Pieters
Sometimes you want to use an image but the background looks a bit boring or the dimensions don’t fit the required end result. Maybe my tip might help you out. Select a part of the image and reverse the selection (command + i / control + i).
In my example I’ve selected a circle in the center of the clock. Click on the “Create new fill or adjustment layer” icon at the bottom the Layers Palette. Select a suitable gradient and a gradient style for example “Reflected”. Click OK. Add a Layer mask to this layer (icon at the bottom of the Layers Palette) and use the brush tool to create a smooth transition from the background to your image.
Play with the Layer modes to see what effect suits best. Voilà, that’s it : easy, simple and very effective in a lot of circumstances :-)