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Photoshop gradient Styles (Linear, Radial etc)

A quick guide to the Photoshop gradient styles (radial, linear, diamond, reflected, angle etc) tutorial

Gradient styles for Photoshop basics

photoshop gradient styles basicsgradient styles for Photoshop linearFirst thing you need to do is select the Photoshop gradient tool which can be found in the PS toolbox. You can find the styles for the tool along the top of the PS application along with the actual colors you will be using and other settings such as opacity etc.


You can apply the Photoshop gradients with different style such as as radial / mirror / angle / reflected / linear. Each type has its use. The Photoshop help guide offers more explanation about the particular styles and how the colors are mapped in each.


You can find a massive selection of 32,000 Photoshop gradients on the site and you can use the gradients with shapes such as zoom shapes and manga themed effect line artworks as well as some lovely banner / pennant custom shapes and chevron custom shapes for Photoshop and elements


You can use the gradient styles in a variety of tools in Photoshop such as via the fill layer as well as Photoshop layer effects as well as the gradient tool and else where in the application.


Linear Photoshop Gradient styles

alternate lines photoshop gradients linearlinearSelect the gradient tool and then go to the style field at the top of Photoshop and select the gradient as well as linear etc


Click on the document to set the gradient and drag and release to generate the gradient


The origin of the linear style can be anywhere, off document as well or you could use guidelines to add the preset at any position.


You can use blending modes as well as transparency in the preset to re-apply the preset over and over to the same document or layer.


You can extend the length of the preset to the document and beyond. You can also angle the linear preset


Radial gradients

radial style for the gradientYou can set the origin as well as different lengths of the preset.


Again, you can combine them depending on opacity and blending modes as well as transparency stops in the actual preset


You can click the document to define the start of the gradient and stretch out to within the confines of the document or layer or beyond the confines of the artwork and then release to generate the Photoshop radial gradient.


You can also apply effects and adjustment layers etc to the radial gradients of Photoshop


Angle gradient style

angle style for the gradient PhotoshopYou can control the position of the origin as well as the angle for the angle gradient style in Photoshop. You can hold down the shift key to define the angle of the gradient to 45 degrees etc


If you want to avoid that ugly seam then you can always set the gradient stops at the ends to the same color


Reflected Photoshop gradient style

reflected style gradient for Photoshop changingReflected gradient creates a mirror of the current preset - though this depends on how it is applied - if you add it from one end (left to right) to the other (or top to bottom) then you will see the mirrored effect otherwise not.


Personally, I wish Photoshop would add a mirror feature to the application such as the excellent effect in Affinity Photo. Use guides to quickly find the center (via the view menu).


You can also use selections to say create a column of reflected presets - select one half and fill and select the other half and fill again with the preset added to the center of the selection instead of the document


Diamond gradient style

diamondThe Photoshop diamond can be used to create a square effect as well by just holding down the shift and applying it at 45 degrees and not at 0 degrees etc Of course, it can be used at any angle and length of preset as well as any origin point, inside or outside of the document or layer.


You can use selections to create an area for one preset and the inverse selection for another


Photoshop Gradient styles combined

styles combineIf you combine the styles using blending modes such as darken or screen etc (set that while you are adding the Photoshop gradients via the top line blending modes dropdown), you can create star styles, polygons, crosses etc.


They are fairly limited in their styles compared with applications such as Painter or SumoPaint (that has some amazing fractal effects which can also be combined and manipulated using the plugin effects to create all kinds of amazing overlays and backgrounds etc as well as combined with symmetry settings) or plugins specific for creating color effects such as the ones available on this site via the Andrew's Plugins section but you can certainly combine them to create a wide range of unique preset styles


The combination on the left uses a number of color effects along with the multiply mode as well as difference mode. You can add the result to a layer and then duplicate that layer and use it again and again.


You can also drag the result to the CC libraries and have a folder of colorful objects that can be quickly accessed again and again in your projects and perhaps also use in tools such as After Effects if you use them as part of the Creative cloud.


You can use all the diamond / linear gradient styles etc in a number of ways throughout the application such as in layer styles and you can also now use the multiple overlay feature in the layer styles to create truly amazing colorful styles that can be used again and again with layers as well as text / type layers.


Any number of amazing color artworks can be created for use with the presets in combination. They can be used to create unique skylines, backgrounds, overlays, effects and more


Other tutorials

You can find many other tutorials on the site such as Photoshop gradients and contours tutorial and how to use the Photoshop gradients to create frames / borders and how to install the Photoshop gradients and how to customize the toolbar in Photoshop tutorial and how to use Photoshop gradients with text / type for some interesting typographical effects


Youtube Video tutorials

A quick guide to the gradient styles in Photoshop [Youtube]