The Gradient Mask tool is useful for creating a gradual blend between two states. The Gradient Mask is a favorite of landscape photographers as it enhances images smoothly by applying effects along a gradient.

How to use a Gradient Mask:

  1. Make an adjustment to your image in a tool in the Edit panel (such as the Dramatic tool).
  2. Click the Edit Mask icon to create a tool mask.
  3. Select the Gradient Mask option from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click and drag to create a linear gradient. You will see a translucent red overlay indicating the affected areas
    • If needed, go to the mask controls (three-dot icon) and choose Show Mask so you can see the gradient.
    • The same controls can be used Invert or Clear the gradient if needed
  5. The Gradient Mask tool offers simple controls to refine the gradient.
    • Drag the top line or bottom line with the Hand tool to expand or contract the gradient.
    • Drag the middle dot to position the gradient.
    • Click and drag just outside the middle dot to rotate the mask.#

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