I need to add a gradient to the inside curve of the aircraft drawing below. I already know how to place a gradient on a straight line, but I need the gradient to follow the curved inside border of the aircraft drawing.
In that instance I would right click on the layer style and render the layer by clicking "create layer" - that will separate the inner shadow to its own layer and you can then apply a layer mask to it with a tapered gradient
I do see your point...I'm going back to the drawing board to see what alternatives I can think up....the easiest would just be, once it's on its separate layer to use a layer soft brush and layer mask to paint it in, but it wouldn't be consistent/systematic...
Actually what I just tested - once you create the layer style on its separate layer (by right clicking "create layer") all I did was transform the object larger and rotate it. Because it is on its own layer and clipped to your shape, you can manipulate this to your heart's content.
Yes, that's what I would do but I feared it would be too high of a learning curve for someone with little to no experience with Ps. Setting up the brush and controlling it with a mouse could be a challenge.
The layer style is the best idea. I ruled it out before I experimented. Thanks for the input!
IamSam - no worries, its all about experimenting/playing in PS, and to be honest, this thread helped me figure out how I would do it/communicate it properly! Good teamwork on this one, but if you or anyone else has ideas in the future I'd love to know, otherwise, it could be an interesting feature request for Photoshop? Not sure the use cases for it, but have a gradient on a curve/path and the ability to taper it could be beneficial!