How to install and load Photoshop gradients tutorial

How to install Photoshop gradients in CC 2018 2017 2015 2014 CS6 CS5 CS4 etc. Photoshop gradients are in GRD format. How to quickly load them into Photoshop tutorial

How to install and load Photoshop gradients

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  1. Select your Photoshop GRD gradients file (s) and copy

  2. Go to the applications or program files folder (mac or pc)

  3. Expand the Adobe / Photoshop application folder

  4. Go to the "presets" folder

  5. Paste or place the GRD Photoshop gradients into the "gradients" folder

  6. Start up Photoshop

  7. Select the gradient tool in Photoshop toolbar

  8. Go to top of Photoshop (left) and open the presets picker 'gradients' dropdown

  9. Access the GRD gradients via the right side menu of the gradients panel in Photoshop by name


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This tutorial shows you how to install the gradients into the admin / application folder of the gradients as well as the user account folder. It also shows you how to load the gradients via the gradients presets picker load / replace commands and the edit menu equivalent. The tutorial also shows you how to open multiple gradients into Photoshop - there are also a number of links to other tutorials and free gradients


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Installation of Photoshop Gradients - folders for privileged and non-privileged accounts

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  1. Add the GRD files to the presets 'gradients' folder in your applications / program files folder

  2. Or Add GRD to your presets 'gradients' folders in your user account (requires no privileges)

The locations for the mac are HD/Applications/Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 2017/Presets/Gradients (requires admin privileges)


The location for the mac and non admin privileges (user account) is ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 2017/Presets/Gradients


The equivalent locations on the pc are "program files" folder and the "appdata" folder (in your user account). If you are still using Photoshop CS6 etc then go to the equivalent folders for the CS6 or CS5 or CS4 etc versions of the application.


If you add the preset gradient files to the user account folder, you will see the gradients appear in the right side menu but they will be separated by a line to show that they are in the user account presets section


Personally, I think it is always best to add them to the user accounts 'presets' folder.

Load / replace gradients via the Photoshop gradients presets picker

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  1. Select the gradient tool

  2. Go to the gradients panel / presets picker (top left)

  3. Go to the right side menu

  4. Select the load or replace command

  5. Browse for the gradients GRD file

You can load / replace the Photoshop gradients 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). The load / replace gradients is available in a number of places such as with the gradient tool and also via the layer styles panel and the fill content panel

Free gradients to tryout and use, royalty free in your projects

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Sources and references

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