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

How to use a Linear Gradient Mask:

  1. Open an image in Luminar Neo.
  2. Select the Edit tab on the Top Toolbar to reveal the Tools pane and scroll down to the Creative tools.
  3. Choose the Dramatic tool and increase the sliders to high values, making the effect easy to see.
  4. Click the Masking Tab within the tool.
  5. Choose the Linear Gradient mode in the mask tool.
  6. Click and drag to create a linear gradient. You will see a translucent red overlay indicating the affected areas
  7. If needed, you can use the Additional Mask Controls to refine your mask.
    • The same controls can be used Invert or Clear the gradient if needed
  8. The Linear 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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