If you look closely at the examples provided with your CODIJY application you may notice that they are covered with gradient lines.
Gradient masks help recreate natural transitions of multiple tones with a single stroke. They are especially useful when you want to realistically colorize a portrait without adding each tone independently.
Where to get a gradient?
Composing gradients is challenging. We recommend using templates from the Libraries or capturing matching gradients from similar color examples. Note that both features are available in the Professional version.
Colorizer Pro includes gradient patterns into its Libraries. They are located below colors. You can toggle the library window to the Gradient-only view for the instant access.
You can edit both colors and transitions with the help of Gradient Options.
How to Draw a gradient Mask
In addition to colors, gradient masks help you reproduce unique patterns of their transitions.
When you draw a gradient stroke, the gradient is stretched, allowing you to place each tone and transition over an adjacent area. In most cases, you need to draw lines or curves.
To draw a gradient mask select a gradient, the Gradient pen on the left toolbar and follow the pattern of the grayscale gradient underneath.
When you complete drawing, press Apply Gradient button In the gradient settings.
How to Apply Captured gradients
It is best to choose a similar reference image. If the people or objects in both photos look the same, all that remains is to draw a gradient along the same route.
Work with Gradients
Gradient masks allow you to add multiple colors at once. They are great way to colorize portraits and natural objects.
In this guide we explain how to create, select and apply gradient masks.
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You can draw Gradient masks with the Gradient pen.
Just like the Pen tool, it can be set to draw in lines and curves.
Note that the brush width of the Gradient pen is limited to 25 pixels. You can increase brush size beyond this limit under in Preferences -> Tools.
Gradients and Settings
Gradients can have a rather sophisticated composition. They not only consist of many shades, but also have a variety of transitions.
You can preview, compose and edit gradients in Gradient Settings.
To save space, the Gradient Settings are often hidden under tab next to Color Picker.
Compose a gradient
You can compose a gradient right in Gradient Settings:
Click the marker to open the Color Picker dialog. Adjust colors of the default gradient one by one and click outside the window.
For more sophisticated gradients, make use of the Colorizer Pro templates or the Gradient Capture tool.
Apply a gradient
Step 1. Draw gradient, following the outline you want the gradient to appear in the color result.
Step 2. Click the Apply Gradient button in Gradient settings.
You can edit tones, transitions, remove and add hues to gradients in Gradient Settings.
Note you can edit the drawn gradient until you click the apply button.
CODIJY Colorizer Pro libraries include hundreds of gradient templates. To locate them, scroll down the colors or switch to the Gradients Only view.
Click the gradient template to select it. It will show up in Gradient Settings. Apply the gradient to the area and click Apply.
We explain how to use the Gradient Capture tool in the next article.