Z Shaped Backgrounds in Photoshop
● An easy way to create a background that conforms to the Z-shape requirements of your composition is to use the Gradient Tool in Photoshop by following this tutorial.
✓ Gradient Tool✓ Layers
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Step #1: Open your Project in PhotoShop ~
✗ Open YOUR PROJECT in Photoshop …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✗ … go to: Layer > New > Layer …
✗ … or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd (⌘)+ Shift(⇧)+N …
✗ … and hit OK.
Step #2: Move your New Layer ~
✗ Drag the New Layer to the bottom of the stack.
Step #3: Set Your Colors ~
✗ Double-Click your colors …
✗ … set the color to brown or gold or 994400 or whatever color you need.
✗ Set the other color too to another color that matches, just change them both …
Step #4: Gradient Tool ~
✗ Select the Gradient Tool which is behind the Paint Bucket …
✗ … select Reflected Gradient on the menu bar …
✗ … and select the color gradient in the Menu Bar.
Step #5: Drag the Gradient Tool Across the Screen ~
✗ Drag the cursor across the screen at a 45 degree angle.
✗ Keep trying until you get a natural Z shape with the gradient fill.
Step #6: Try Different Gradients Settings ~
✗ There are 5 kinds of gradients: Linear Gradient => Radial Gradient => Angle Gradient => Reflected Gradient => Diamond Gradient =>
✗ Gradients are great for backgrounds!
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✗ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.psd
✗ Attach it!
• ALWAYS save your projects like this:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.