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How to apply gradient onto a shape


Question

I'm really glad to find this great place. I am a developer, so please don't mind my novice question, thank you.

My question is

How to apply gradient onto a shape and put 3 images into one(PhotoShop CS6).

Here are these pictures:

Wizard enter image description here

Background enter image description here

Effect enter image description here

Let me explain it in more details.

I want to use the Background and put the wizard onto the background with the effect like the Effect picture.

Now what I have done is I have got the wizard shape,

What I am going to do:

  1. clean the rest of other parts on the wizard to make it "clean"(I will use Eraser, any other more effective tool?)

  2. Put the wizard onto the background

  3. Apply the gradient onto the wizard and put some text around the wizard with same gradient. (Don't know how to do it here)

What I concern is:

  1. What color to apply on the gradient wizard so that the background color and "front" color are not conflict.(Don't know what color to choose)

  2. I still feel that I miss something to make the whole picture look like a splash screen on my app. May be a badge and write the app name on the badge?(Need your idea)

Thank you!


Update

Now I have got the wizard shape and make all color consistent on her whole body. enter image description here

2014/11/23
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11/23/2014 2:03:00 AM

Accepted Answer

Double click the layer on the layers windows shown then a the panel below shown should popup.

2014/11/23
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11/23/2014 2:40:00 AM