Sign & Digital Graphics

May '17

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • May 2017 • 39 Drag the Opacity slider of each layer to better balance the color and contrast until you're satisfied with the results. Finally, add layer mask to control the location of the effect on the blended layer, (see Figure 6). Experiment with different blend modes while creating additional layers and apply- ing blend modes at varying degrees of opacity to vary the effect. Adjustments and Gradients A lackluster image, like the flowers and cacti in Figure 7 can be enhanced by adding a blended adjustment layer. For even more punch, a gradient fill layer can be added to modulate the colors. In the Layers panel, click on the Background layer of the original image. Click on the Vibrance icon in the Adjustments panel and adjust the vibrancy to a little more than you need. Leave the Saturation slider at the default (see Figure 8). Assign a Hard Light blend mode to the Vibrance adjustment layer. Drag the opacity slider to diminish the effect until the desired result is achieved. Click the Fill/Adjustments icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Gradient. Choose a gradient from the dialog box or click on the gradient ramp and display the gradient editor to make a custom gradient (see Figure 9). Assign a Soft Light blend mode to the layer (see Figure 10) and adjust the opacity to control the strength of the effect. You can alter or even replace the gradient by clicking on the gradient layer thumbnail in the layers panel to once again display the Gradient Layer dialog box. Figure 9: Choose a gradient from the dialog box or click on the gradient ramp and dis- play the gradient editor to make a custom gradient. Be a Part of the Top Signage Publication in the Industry Showcase your work in Sign & Digital Graphics. Share with us your best sign and graphics projects and we'll get them published in the magazine as soon as we can. Don't let that masterful job go underappreciated. Simply go to our website sdgmag. com/sign-project-submission and fill out the requested information and attach your photos where prompted and we'll take care of everything. We can't wait to see what you have to show us. If you have photos that are too high of a resolution to attach, please send them separately to mdixon@nbm.com. Sign Projects Submissions:

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