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Gradients in Design

This is just a little tip to provide some options in design and art. Instead of using a solid color, try using a gradient, even if the color variation is subtle. In graphic design, it can add a little more visual interest to a page layout or a web design.

When added to your artwork, it can add a little more realism to an otherwise flat element. A gradient can also form the basis for the sky in a concept that appears outdoors. A gradient can help develop some inexpensive radiosity when doing 3d work. It can be part of the map used in a material, or it can be added afterwards in Adobe Photoshop or Painter.

As with most elements, I will often develop gradients and add them to my library. Then when the design calls for a gradient, I have a whole collection from which to choose. This not only helps keep the mind focused on the design, but allows trying color combinations very quickly.

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Concept Design in Photoshop

Everyone is familiar with Adobe Photoshop image editing capabilities, and also Photoshop’s painting features. I have actually been using it for something different: architectural concept creation. Instead of trying to develop elevations in cadd, where precision can get in the way of creativity, the freeform painting in Photoshop allows a much faster and simpler creative flow.

One great feature is the fixed aspect marquee tool. After setting up the proportions you want, you can scale the marquee box to the relationship that works with adjacent structure. Another advantage is working with solid color. Filled geometric shapes are easier to work with than line based graphics. The transform tool can be used to vary the solid shapes and relationships, visually adjusting the design. After adding some details, a full color graphic is ready to present to the client.


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