Artist: Andrew Buckle
Compatible software: Photoshop, Elements
License: Full Extended Commercial
Free: Free samplers
Photoshop gradients gallery (selection) ... 32,000 Amazing color effects for Adobe ® PS CC Creative cloud & CS 2015 2014 6 5 4 3 2 1 & Elements 14, 13, 12, 11, 10 to 1 as well as all the standalone versions from 6 updwads. For a superb price, you receive some truly amazing color effects. They are for PC and MAC OS X (all versions) includes focus color, effects, shadow presets, random filled stops, sky color effects, metallic effects, smudged and blurry, line effects, transparency packed effects, frames, multi-colored, smooth effects, bubbles, rings and more. Easy to use and apply. They can be applied once or multiple times, combine with effects, re-color the preset color effects, modify the color effects, edit, use in different color modes, use with shapes, use with layers, use as linear / ellipse / reflected etc modes. They are for Commercial use, royalty free. Use to create items for sale - use to create logos, templates, kits, packaging, adverts, book covers and much more. All are by graphicxtras.com (Andrew Buckle). Use the presets with text and animation, maps, fill layer command, GRD tool, in scripts etc. GRD format - on purchase, you receive these along with documentation and notes and gallery and serial
32,000 amazing effects. This is a truly amazing set of artworks that can be used to create tiles, textures, adverts, packaging, added to images, overlays, backgrounds, balls, web pages, scrap booking, hats, fabrics, clothes, artworks, illustrations and much more. You can use them in commercial as well as personal work, no time limits, no restrictions. You can use them to create millions and millions of amazing color effects
You can load them by double clicking the GRD files or using the right click option and open file. You can also place the GRD files into the preset folder and then access them via the tool's panel. You can also use the load / replace commands on the same panel to browse for the files. You can also load the GRD files via the preset manager (edit menu). The loading of the GRD file will just add the items to the current set but if you use the replace then all the existing presets are removed. You can also quickly restore the default set by using the reset command found in the panel's right side menu. They key thing about adding them to the user account is that you don't need to enter any admin account details. You can find it via the ~/Library. As the library is hidden, you will have to use the go to folder command. Install and Load Photoshop Gradients Tutorial
The key tool can be found in the PS toolbox (it is on the same icon as the paint bucket tool). Selecting the tool will display (on the top bar of the application) the preset panel dropdown (contains all the current presets), blending mode, type, opacity. The preset panel dropdown will probably not display all the presets in the collection (this is certainly the case with earlier versions of PS and PSE though with the latest versions, more presets can be loaded - still, 32,000 is probably a few too many presets for the panel to handle)
You can all our videos about the GRD files as well as all the other resources on PS and PSE via the graphicxtras channel on Youtube.com as well as on Tipdesk.com and also vimeo.com. You can find out about how to load them, combine them, use them as a source for brushes, how to distort them, use them as fill content, how to use them in layer styles, how to use them as a pattern and much more. Any questions, please contact us
They are stored in a GRD file, this can be used in PS and PS Elements. Sadly, no other application (that I know of) supports GRD files. As mentioned elsewhere, there is a powerful preset browser tool from Tumasoft and you might find that useful to search through all the files as well as CSH and ABR. The preset Breeze tool also enables you to be able to export the thumbnails of all the items in the set as a PNG file and these can be useful as guide to the artworks but they can also be used in their own right and re-input into PS and others. It is a pity that the GRD are not supported in more apps but the results of any generated colors can be saved to other formats and used in Affinity Photo etc - of course, you can also just simply take the stop information from one app to another so you can quickly create the same tools in Affinity Photo and PSP (just there is no basic conversion tool)
You can use an existing item to create a new preset. Select the GRD tool and then go to the panel at the top left of the screen and click and you will see the existing color stops and transaprency / opacity stops. You can then move those or remove them or click to the left or the right of an existing stop and add a new stop and then alter the color of the stop. You can then click the new and the item will be added to the presets panel. You can remove all but one of the stops and continue to create new presets again by clicking the new button. The items are not saved totally, if you wish to make sure you don't accidentally lose them if the app crashes or if you replace or reset the items then you have to go to the right side menu and select the save option to save all the current presets.
Apply them to an image using an opacity of less than 100%. Many of the colorful presets in the various collections also come with their own transaprency information to allow for more or less of the image to be displayed. This transparency can be further modified by clicking on the preset and changing the transparency stop settings. The presets can be applied in multiple directions using the tool. The transparency information can be removed all together by setting the transparency check to off (option bar) or just editing the preset and setting all the transparency stops to 100%
They are great for 3D extrude like operations such as columns and sphere though it has to be said that some work better than others for this. To apply this you will need to be able to access the 3D menu in PS and use the layers with the extrude etc options. You can then use them to create amazing colorful OBJ 3D files and send the color graphic to a 3D printer.
You can use them as selection masks. Click the quick mask mode button and then apply the preset to the document. On exit, the selection will displayed. You can use the blending modes and much more in quick mask to create truly weird and wonderful selections and these can be used in combination with the presets on exit from the quick mask.
You can use the presets in maps adjustment as well as using the presets in layer styles (as well as a layer with the preset added) to create interesting colorful LUTs for images. Tutorial on how to use them in the creation of colorful LUTs
You can use them in scripts and actions. By using the listener plugin that comes with PS (it did in the earlier versions anyway and you should be able to find the tool on the Adobe site), you can also observe the various settings associated with the preset such as the type, angle, start and end position, the different stops used and the colors associated with the stop and the midpoints. The scripts can then be used as a template for new scripts and can be used to create truly weird and wonderful mathematical or random color tools(many of the presets on the graphicxtras site have been created using various mathematical models to the stops and position of the stops). Using a script allows for the effect to be repeated at a later time or the creation of presets that might be nigh on impossible to create purely by adding stops to the tool's setting bar. Actions do not allow for such flexibility but they do allow for the repeat of certain effects.
You can use them with layer styles. They can be used as an overlay as well as via the stroke and also glow. With the latest version you can now add multiple overlays and use blending modes to create all kinds of wonderful combinations all in a single style / layer effect which can be attached to a layer as well as smart object which can also be used with smart filters and smart adjustments. In earlier versions of PS you could only use one effect per style and the only way to blend them was to blend individual layers. The styles can use the source presets but you can always edit the stops (opacity and color) to create all kinds of interesting effects. The length and angle etc can be changed as can the origin points as well as the type of preset used such as diamond / linear etc.
You can use them as pattern tile sources. Create a new document and then apply the preset across the image (the reflected preset is perhaps one of the more useful types to use for the creation of tiles). Re-apply the preset in PS or different ones as required and use the offset filter to shift them to create a tile (or select a 1/4 of the image and then transform and rotate to create the same on each side of the file) and then save the tile via the edit menu command and define command. With the latest versions of PS, you can also use the tools to create amazing graphics for input with scripted patterns in the fill menu. Create an empty transparent image and then use the preset GRD tool to create a linear or radial etc effects. As many of the GRD files contain transparency, much of the document will still be transparent which is perfect for use with the scripted patterns. Go to the edit menu and define the pattern and then use fill command and patterns and scripted option. With the latest versions of the application, you can now select a number of pattern types such as symmetry as well as modify settings via a dialog. Use to create 1000s of amazing color effects.
They can be used as source for displacement maps, all you need to do is to save them to a PSD format file. The image can be as basic or as complex as you would like and as they can be any size then the displacement maps can also be 2000 x 2000 etc. The same approach as with the patterns needs to be applied though it does require a little trial and error and not all colorful presets will work well. Especially, you have to remember the map is a grayscale image and not a color one. You can use those resources in the displace filter as well as distortion filter (filter gallery) as well as conte and texturizer filter. You can also use the PSD files in other apps as displacements. You can also use displacements and distortions with the items themselves. Add them to any image using blending modes such as difference and then go to the filter menu and displace or the filter gallery and glass distortion to create some truly wonderful image effects with the colored imagery
You can use them as a source for brush strokes. Apply the preset in a selection or across the image. You may wish to limit the range of the preset by a selection allowing for a blurring at the edges of the strokes (otherwise you will end up with a square stroke). Repeat the preset, use different blending modes, apply with effects and then use the edit menu and define to add them to the current stroke panel. They probably work best as a source by using them with transparency. Set the last stop of the tool to opacity 0% and then add the item using the radial option or diamond etc (the other types do not work as well) and you can build all kinds of amazing stroke artworks which can be quickly defined via the edit menu. It is such a pity that the GRD tool does not include ellipses in the mix as well as fractals
They can be used as is to create amazing graphics but you can also use them to create abstract and weird shapes (3D like shapes in many cases). The key thing is to use transparency with the preset. For a very basic preset, create a red (or any other color) color stop with opacity at 100% and set the other transparency stop at the far end to 0% (set the mid point as required for the colorful preset and then apply this to a new layer using the radial option for the tool (some of the other modes are of no use). You could create multiple layers with varying transformations as well as the color effects applied to extend or modify the shape, you could also use various effects such as twirl or shear to modify this or other key shapes in the construction. You can also duplicate the layer using the ALT key and you can build ever more complex images. I generally turn the layers into smart objects as the results are nicer and find working with smart objects a whole lot easier. The smart objects can also be duplicated and at any point you can also combine or group all the layers into a new smart object via the layer menu and convert to smart object option. Use the layer filtering to select all the required smart objects via the layer panel. The smart objects can then be positioned and manipulated over and over with the underlying preset still intact.
Use them on a layer with strokes. Create a new layer; layer menu and layer effects and set overlay with the required preset. Once applied, apply strokes (using something other than white) to the colorful GRD preset filled layer. This can be repeated with different layers filled with different presets (again, blending modes can be used to create interesting stroke and preset combinations)
You can use them as art history source for impressionist effects. Apply the preset (perhaps repeat with the presets applied in different directions and using different settings). Once applied you will see a number of entries in the history panel. Now, select the 'art history tool' and then select a stroke and a type such as 'tight short' 'dab'. Select one of the preset entries in the history panel and then apply the art history tool. The art history tool also can be modified in a variety of ways via the stroke panel to include varying scattering and spacing
You can use them in selections. Select an area using the magic wand tool or the rectangular or elliptical tool or use the path panel (and a custom shape). Once you have a selected area, apply the colorful preset either to the selected area (or invert the area or perhaps feather the selection, a number of options are available). The preset can be applied either once or multiple times to the selected area or use different presets or different blending modes to create unusual color effects
Perspective warp is a wonderful new feature of Adobe PS and they can be used in combination with that. The perspective warp can be used with smart objects (you can add the color effects to a layer and turn them into a smart object) to create all kinds of weird and wonderful distorted images. As a smart object, you can always change the warp at any point. The warp can be warped multiple times and the result can be combined with other effects as well.
You can also add visual effects to the colorful presets. The preset is purely a raster image once you have applied effects. You can always apply a blur or stained glass or a third party filter to the image. If you use the smart filter approach using the filter menu convert for smart filters then you can modify the effects. If you are using the powerful Oil Paint filter in CS6 etc then you can create amazing painted like and smeary color effects with the tool. The colorful presets also work amazingly well with the Camera raw filter and you can alter the color in 1000s of ways - the filter also comes with its own graduated tool and this is not related to the toolbox. Some of these work even better if you convert the artwork into 32bits per channel though some of the filters will not work in that mode, many do and also when you convert back to 8bit mode you can also further modify the color with the powerful HDR toning. The latest CC release also includes a new powerful blur gallery tool which works amazingly well with the GRD tool as it adds blurred noise into the mix and this with blending modes can be used to create some truly extreme color effects
You can use them in the new fill layer content command. Layer menu and new fill layer content. The layer dialog will appear and you will at this point have an option to rename the layer, set the blending mode and opacity. Click the OK, you will then see the stops dialog and you will be able to select a colorful images from the preset panel dropdown (though you can always select another library at this point) and select the style / angle (if relevant) / scale / reverse / dither. You can also use the color effects as a source for new amazing patterns and pattern fill layer content as well
They can be used to great effect with the automate tool. You can use the merge tool to create amazing image combinations but you can also use the tool with presets spread over multiple files. Apply the presets using the GRD preset tool or the layer effects / layer command and then save the document (s) to files. Go to the file automate command and Merge to HDR and then either use the folder option or browse or add open files - once you have a selection of filled files in the list then click the OK button. The files have to be the same size or the merge command will fail. An option to manually set the EV setting will appear and once you have set the values (or remain the same) then the OK button will be enabled. Another dialog will appear and it defaults to 16 bit as well as a range of options such as to control the gamma, exposure, vibrance, saturation, edge glow and more - you can also just select one of the presets such as surrealistic. You can also set the mode to 8bit or 32bit. Click the OK button and the multiple presets will be merged together to create a truly extreme colorful effects. I have to say that the whole process can be a little trial and error but I guess with some practise you will be able to predict the end results of the merging, This process can be repeated with any number of combinations of presets as well as using different modes. If you select the 32bit mode then the camera raw dialog will appear and this will offer even more amazing options for the manipulation of the merge such as adding a graduated filter to the effect and vignettes as well as more options to manipulate the color merge.
They work perfectly well in 8 bit color mode but in 8 bit you are only using 0 - 255 color range. With the 16bit mode, and other color modes, the presets work perfectly well with even more wow results especially if you use them with blending modes such as difference and darken. You can create much smoother results in the higher bit modes especially combined with the filters that can also be used in 32bit and 16bit. To change the color mode for the image, go to the imange menu and image mode 16 bits / channel and 32 bits / channel. To go back to 8 bit, you will have to modify them using the HDR toning tool. Most of the blending modes are available to the tool in 16bits but not in 32bits.
Say you want to create a super colorful background for a picture with a strong front and background. You can quickly select the area of the background using the magnetic lasso tool and click around the foreground (say a person or a mountain etc). If you make a mistake with the selection you can always press backspace and delete that point. Click the start point to form the selection. You can then click the add to the selection or subtract from the selection and use other selection tools to finish off the selection. You can then fill the area with them using blending modes such as difference etc to create some truly extreme and surreal color effects for the sky as well as keeping the image of the sky intact instead of losing it to a single color pass. You can then copy that selection and invert the selection and paste the colorful skyline on top of the foreground via the paste into command (special). This does not need to be accurate but you can re-size as well as blur and add other color effects to that layer. You make the new layer really large because all you want is the color. You can use the hue blending mode option in the layers to blend the color with the foreground (or overlay but that may darken the image) and you can also combine this with other color effects such as the powerful camera raw filter to tweak the color such as change the exposure etc. You will then have a surreal background with a foreground that loosely matches the background
What can you do with the presets on this page? From the above, you can see that a lot can be created and there are 32,000 amazing presets in the set and they can be used in countless ways (I can think of a lot more than above). You can find out a whole lot more by checking out our video channel 'graphicxtras' on Youtube where you can see how to use them with 3D, use them with other objects, with strokes, with layer styles, how to add stops, how to move stops and much more.