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Chapter 9. Using the Paint, Shape Drawin... > Creating and Applying Gradients

Creating and Applying Gradients

While most of Photoshop's paint 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 pre-designed gradients, 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, 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 the image, it's a good idea to create gradients in separate layers.


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