Today let’s take a quick look at how to make a gradient in Photoshop using the new and improved Gradient tool. The Photoshop gradient tool got a huge update in 2024, making it completely non-destructive and live. You can easily learn how to add a gradient in Photoshop to an existing image! Let’s take a look.
How to Create a Gradient in Photoshop
The Gradient tool can be found in the left-hand toolbar or by pressing G.
In the upper Options bar, you can select a Preset gradient and the Style, although these can also be changed later.
To create the initial gradient, click and drag on the canvas. In the below example, I dragged from top to bottom.
You can adjust the placement and angle of the gradient by clicking and dragging the outer Anchor Points and Path.
You can come back and edit the placement, style, and color of a Gradient layer for as long as the Gradient layer is not rasterized. Gradient Fill layers are considered non-destructive.
You can adjust the spread of the gradient’s color by clicking and dragging the Color Midpoint, found between any two colors.
In our below example, there are only two colors, so we have one Color Midpoint. A new Color Midpoint will be added between any two colors.
You can find more gradient controls in the Window > Properties panel when the Gradient layer is active. Here we can choose a new Preset, change its Style, and place more colors onto our gradient.
To add a new color to your gradient, click right below the Gradient Bar. It will create a Color Stop in the shade of your Foreground color.
To change a color, double-click the Color Stop to open the Color Picker and select a new color.
To remove a color from a gradient, select the Color Stop and hit Delete.
If you need to learn how to add a gradient to an image in Photoshop, here are the details. You can adjust the Opacity of the gradient in different locations using the Opacity Controls. The Opacity Controls work just like the Gradient Color Controls.
- Select an Opacity Stop to adjust its Opacity.
- Move the Opacity Stop by clicking and dragging.
- Add more Opacity Stops by clicking below the Opacity Controls bar.
- Delete and Opacity Stop by selecting the stop and hitting Delete.
That’s How to Make a Gradient in Photoshop
The Photoshop Gradient tool, one of the oldest tools in Photoshop, was long overdue for a refresh. You no longer have to click and undo repeatedly to get the perfect gradient. With the enhanced gradient layer, you can now edit your gradient for as long as you want. Adjust the style, colors, and opacity to your heart’s content. Get ready to unleash your creativity and enjoy the newfound flexibility this amazing tool brings!
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