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Chapter 13. Gradients > To apply a gradient using the Gradient tool:

To apply a gradient using the Gradient tool:

1.
Choose a layer or create a new layer.

2.
Optional: Select an area of a layer. Otherwise, the gradient will fill the entire layer.

3.
Choose the Gradient tool (it shares a pop-out menu with the Paint Bucket tool) (G or Shift-G).

4.
On the Gradient tool options bar :


The left side of the Gradient tool options bar



The right side of the Gradient tool options bar


Click the gradient picker arrowhead, then click a gradient preset.

and

Click a gradient style button: Linear, Radial, Angular, Reflected, or Diamond.

and

Choose a blending Mode.

and

Choose an Opacity.

5.
Do any of these optional steps:

Check Reverse to reverse the order of colors in the gradient.

Check Dither to minimize banding (stripes) in the gradient.

Check Transparency to enable any transparency that was edited into the gradient (see page 239).

6.
For a linear gradient, drag from one side or corner of the image (or selection) to the other. For any other gradient style, drag from a center point outward. Shift-drag to constrain the gradient to a multiple of 45°. To delete a Gradient tool fill, remove its state from the History palette.

Drag a long distance to produce a subtle transition area or drag a short distance to produce an abrupt transition . This works like the Scale slider in the Gradient Fill dialog box.


This is after dragging the Gradient tool from the middle to the right. This is a Linear gradient.



This is after dragging the Gradient tool a short distance in the middle using the same colors. The transitions are more abrupt.



The gradient tool was used in different directions to fill a rasterized type layer (with the Lock transparent pixels button clicked).


When you revise or delete a preset swatch, the actual gradient in the current gradient library isn’t affected; you’ll automatically be working on or deleting a copy of the preset.


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