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Creating and Saving Customized Gradients

Customized gradients are easy to create and essential when you just can’t find what you want in Photoshop’s predefined sets. It doesn’t matter how many gradients Photoshop provides for you, there will always be that one instance where they just don’t do the required job. With just a few clicks of your mouse, you can create your own customized gradients. You can start with one of Photoshop’s gradients and modify it to your needs. You can also start completely from scratch; the choice is yours, and so are the rewards of creating that one-of-a-kind stunning gradient you can use for your current and future projects.

Create and Save a Customized Gradient

  • blue-circle1.jpg Select the Gradient tool on the toolbox.
  • blue-circle2.jpg Click the thumbnail of the active gradient on the Options bar to open the Gradient dialog box.
  • blue-circle3.jpg Select a gradient from the available options that is close to what you want to create.
    • The preset gradients include Foreground to Transparent, Chrome, Spectrum, Transparent Rainbow, Transparent Stripes, and Neutral Density (New!).
  • blue-circle4.jpg Enter a name for the new gradient.
  • blue-circle5.jpg Click New.

    A thumbnail (copy of the selected gradient) appears at the bottom of the list.

  • blue-circle6.jpg Click the Gradient Type list arrow, and then select one of the following:
    • Solid. Uses solid colors for the gradient.

    • Noise. Uses noise to distribute the colors.

  • blue-circle7.jpg Click the Smoothness list arrow, and then select one of the following:
    • Smoothness. A percentage value (0% to 100%) that determines how smoothly the colors of the gradient blend together (available when the Solid option is selected).

    • Roughness. A percentage value (0% to 100%) that determines how much noise to introduce into the gradient colors (available when the Noise option is selected).

  • blue-circle8.jpg To add Opacity Stops, click above the gradient line; to remove Opacity Stops, drag the stop away from the line.
  • blue-circle9.jpg To add Color Stops, click below the gradient line; to remove Color Stops, drag the stop away from the line.
  • blue-circle10.jpg Click on an Opacity Stop, and then enter an Opacity percentage (0% to 100%), and a Location percentage (0% to 100%) for the stop to place it on the line.
  • blue-circle11.jpg Click on a Color stop, and then select a color, and a Location percentage (0% to 100%) for the stop to place it on the line.
  • blue-circle12.jpg Click Delete to delete the selected opacity or color stop.
  • blue-circle13.jpg Click Save to save the new gradient set.

    The set will include the new gradients, and all the gradients that appear in the Presets panel.

  • blue-circle13.jpg Click OK.
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