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PCS2020

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Hi All

I have used Photoshop CS3 for a number of years, mainly to grade and blend 2 x landscape photos taken at two different exposures (holiday snaps), in order to mimic a ND Grad Filter.

I would typically paste the darker exposure over the lighter exposure. Add a layer mask and grade as indicated between the red lines , leaving the foreground light (over exposed) and the BG dark (under exposed)

z1.jpg

Suddenly, yesterday, I arrive home with some shots and the gradient tool now leaves a grey (50% ? I think) band after the point where I stop, instead of white ?? : And it does it on a definite line..

z2.jpg

This is typically what happens : Again, the gradient tool applied between those red lines. That top part must be white !!??


z3.jpg

Is there perhaps anyone that can help ? I have not changed anything !

Any help will be much appreciated.

Kind Regards
Pierre
 

IamSam

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Is your layer mask white or black before you add the gradient? (should be white)
 

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And you have made no changes to the Gradient Editor?

Have you tried re-setting the tool?

Right click on the Gradient Tool Icon in the upper left hand corner.
Screen Shot 2020-06-14 at 1.32.16 PM.png
 

PCS2020

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Hi, no I have not changed anything.

Could you be so kind as to point me in the direction of resetting the tool ?

Thanks !
 

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