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How to install and load gradients into Photoshop CC 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 etc tutorial

Installation of Photoshop Gradients

how to load /  install Photoshop gradients tutorial

How to install Photoshop gradients in CC CS6 CS5 CS4 etc. Photoshop gradients are in GRD format. The Photoshop gradients can be loaded and installed in a number of ways. You can load them from any location. You can load them from the Photoshop presets folder 'gradients'. You can load and replace the Photoshop gradients via the gradients panel right side menu. You can load and replace them via the edit menu preset manager in Photoshop. You can load them also by dragging them into Photoshop. In some versions you can open the gradients via the file open to load them. You can also load them into Photoshop by right clicking the gradient files and selecting the open command and all the gradients are then added to the gradients panel. You can then use them via the gradient tool as well as fill content in shapes and layer styles and more. This tutorial shows you how to install them in any location or into the presets gradient section. This tutorial shows you how to load them via the gradients panel and also the presets panel. It also shows you how you can quickly load many gradients in Photoshop in one go. It is a powerful feature of Photoshop and Photoshop elements.

 

 

Gradients are a powerful feature of Photoshop and elements and a fairly under rated one.

 

The Gradients for Photoshop are in GRD format and are only for Photoshop and elements. Never seen any other application that used them

 

The Photoshop gradients format GRD files can be used from version 6 (way back in the dark ages) upwards.

 

OK, how to add the GRD Photoshop gradients to your favourite application.

 

Other tutorials

1) How to load and install brushes into Photoshop tutorial

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3) How to create a contour themed artwork using Photoshop gradients

4) How to create gradient color effects using channels in Photoshop

5) How to use bas relief filter to create interesting gradients in Photoshop tutorial

 

Default load / install folder for the gradient presets

photoshop gradients install folderphotoshop gradients toolIf you want to use the Photoshop gradients on a more permanent basis then the easiest way is to add them to the presets folder

 

On the PC

Go to the program files folder and Adobe Photoshop XX (depends on the version) and then go to the presets and finally place the GRD files into the gradients

 

On the Mac,

Go to the Adobe Photoshop XX (again depends on the version) and then presets and then place the GRD files into the gradients

 

Password issues with folders

install gradients photoshop local and admininstall gradient and selectIf you are using your admin account (never a great idea) then you will not need to enter your admin password. If you are using a basic level account (a much better idea) then you will have to enter your admin password when you place the GRD files into the gradients folder. There is a better solution, add the GRD files to your user account gradients folder.

 

The solution means you don't have to enter a password and you can quickly remove and add GRD gradient files.

 

User installation folder for the Photoshop gradients

Personally, I always use a non privileged account and then I have to use the user locations for the presets. OK, so where do you add them if you want to add them to the user folder. On the PC it is in the appdata folder and then go to the adobe etc folder structure and add the gradients in that presets 'gradients' folder. On the Mac, you have to go to the library section (which may be hidden and then you can go to that via the go to folder feature) and then application support and Adobe and down to Photoshop (depending on the version) and then the presets and then gradients (no one said the folder structure was easy to remember). Once you start using the GRD gradient files in Photoshop you will notice that there is a faint dividing line between the selection of 'admin' gradients and the 'local' gradients. See the faint line on the image on the left.

 

Open command for Photoshop gradients

file open command photoshop for gradientsIn some versions of Adobe ® Photoshop ®, you can use the open command but this is definitely not the case with Photoshop CC on the mac.

 

It is odd that you can open them this way in one version but not another and you may find that sometimes that the file opens but not all the presets are transferred in the process so it is not my recommended way of loading them.

 

You can do much the same with the other presets as well and sometimes the open will work and will load only a partial list of the presets included in the set.

 

How to load & replace the Photoshop gradient GRD files via the gradients panel

photoshop gradients install load and replaceYou can load / replace them in most versions via the edit menu manager (edit menu) and also via the gradients panel right side menu replace (though you can also click the load command on the dialog itself).

 

1) select the gradient tool

2) go to the gradients panel (top left)

3) go to the right side menu

4) select the load or replace command

5) browse for the gradients GRD file

 

edit menu and presets and gradients in PhotoshopIf you use the edit menu command

1) edit menu

2) presets

3) preset manager

4) select the preset type to gradients

5) load gradients GRD file

 

The good thing about the replace and load means that you can add the GRD files into any folder and not rely on the Adobe's folder structure and especially useful if you want manual control over where the files go and how they are added into the tool and also if you have multiple versions of the application and wish to still keep them active and the presets active in them.

 

Return to default

reset gradients via the gradient panelIf you decide to remove the colorful designs and return to the factory default, just select the reset command on the right side of the preset's panel.

 

You can also do the same via the edit menu and the preset manager and the right side menu 'reset'

 

How to load multiple presets files

Photoshop gradients install dragIn many cases, you may wish to load a lot of Photoshop gradient files in one go and have 1000s of presets added in your panel. This is quite useful if you are happy to trawl through a large panel of lots of very small thumbnails.

 

1) One approach that seems to work well in some versions is to select a set of GRD files

2) drag them into the application but it is likely that an error will appear as the application says that it does not accept the format (weird as it is a valid format).

 

Another approach and one that I use often is

 

1) select a number of Photoshop gradient GRD files

linear gradient2) right click and select open with the version of Photoshop you want and all the files will be fairly rapidly added to the panel (though it is not instant)

3) you will then see the set and you can then select from 1000s of great designs (especially if you go for the 32,000 gradients set available on this site).

 

photoshop gradients installation pinkYou can also just go to the save command in the panel and then save them all to a single GRD file.

 

You can join all the gradients into a single gradient GRD file. I would make certain that you make a backup of the file in case of corruption. A good location would be the CC libraries

 

Other resources

We have a number of wonderful Photoshop gradients (for linear, diamond etc modes) and a selection of shapes for the gradients 13,000 custom shapes for Photoshop and elements collection (which also includes 2000 gradients)

 

Free gradients to tryout

A selection of red themed gradients for free, all for commercial use, royalty free

 

Youtube Video tutorials on the Photoshop gradients and installation / load

gradients colorful design gradients installation and flowQuick video showing how to load (install) the presets (GRD files) into PS Elements 12 / 11 (as well as Photoshop elements 15 etc).

 

The presets are standard GRD files that can be used in most versions of Photoshop as well as PS Elements. They can be used in PSE 11 as well. There is no particular folder for the presets but they can be installed in a particular presets folder. Personally, I just load them via the load / replace functionality in the presets panel (and that is what is shown in the video). Once loaded, the presets can be applied in a number of ways such as a new layer and via the gradient tool in the PS Elements 11 toobox (in expert mode). The video also shows some of the basic uses and there are other ways to load them. The same approach can be used in Elements 13 14 15 etc Video: install / load them in PS Elements 12 / 11 [Youtube] A video showing how to load and install the GRD Photoshop gradients on a mac Showing the load / install on a mac [Youtube]