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Creating and Applying Gradients

While most of Photoshop’s painting and drawing tools let you select and paint with a single color, the Gradient tool lets you paint with a veritable rainbow of colors. The Gradient tool comes packaged with several sets of predesigned gradients—including color, transparent, and neutral density (New!) options—or you can create and save your own customized gradient sets. The process of creating a gradient is simple; you select a gradient along with a specific type (Linear, Radial, etc.), and then drag in the document window. The length and angle of the drag determines how the gradient is applied. Since gradients, by default, overwrite image pixels, it’s a good idea to create gradients in separate layers.

Create a Standard Gradient

  • blue-circle1.jpg Select the Gradient tool on the toolbox.
  • blue-circle2.jpg Click the Gradient list arrow, and then select from the available gradients.
    • The preset gradients include Foreground to Transparent, Chrome, Spectrum, Transparent Rainbow, Transparent Stripes, and Neutral Density (New!).
  • blue-circle3.jpg Select one of the following gradient types from the five icons:
    • Linear, Radial, Angle, Reflected or Diamond.
  • blue-circle4.jpg Click the Mode list arrow, and then select a blending mode.
  • blue-circle5.jpg Enter an Opacity percentage value (1% to 100%).
  • blue-circle6.jpg Select the Reverse check box to reverse the color order of the selected gradient.
  • blue-circle7.jpg Select the Dither check box to visually create a smoother transition between gradient colors.
  • blue-circle8.jpg Select the Transparency check box to create gradients using a gradient mask (allows for transparency in the gradient).
  • blue-circle9.jpg Drag in the image to create a gradient.
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