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Gradients For Light Effects

To get a nice light effect, press D then X to set your Foreground color to white and your Background color to black. Go to Layer>New Fill Layer>Gradient, set the Mode to Soft Light in the New Layer dialog, and click OK. Click on the Gradient thumbnail in the Gradient Fill dialog, and choose Special Effects from the Gradient Editor’s flyout menu. I love the Soft Stripes preset to create a light effect. Don’t forget to play around with the angle, opacity, color stops, color, etc.
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Corey is an education and curriculum developer for KelbyOne. He is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL, with a degree in Illustration. Over the years, Corey has worked as a graphic artist in a variety of disciplines such as illustration, commercial design, large format printing, motion graphics, web design and photography. His expertise in Photoshop and Illustrator have earned him numerous awards in illustration, graphic design and photography. Using Photoshop since version 2, his expertise and creativity have evolved exponentially with every new version, which makes Corey an invaluable addition to the KelbyOne team.

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  4. i didn’t understand the last two sentences, that is( Click on the Gradient thumbnail in the Gradient Fill dialog, and choose Special Effects from the Gradient Editor’s flyout menu. I love the Soft Stripes preset to create a light effect. Don’t forget to play around with the angle, opacity, color stops, color, etc.)

    can u plz explain it clearly for me
    Thanks