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How to create gradient type in Photoshop tutorial

How to use Photoshop gradients with type / text in CC 2018 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 etc. How to create gradient filled type in seconds.

Gradient filled type in Photoshop

photoshop gradients and type text tutorial
  1. Create some type using the type tool in Photoshop

  2. Layer menu

  3. Layer styles

  4. Gradient overlay

  5. Select gradient from dropdown and gradient style and angle etc for gradient type

  6. Click ok

You can also convert the type into a smart object via the layer menu and the gradients can be added to that via layer styles as well as via gradient maps adjustment layers (and combined with effects). You can also add gradient overlay to Photoshop smart objects and by converting that into a new type smart object, additional gradients can be added. You can also select type and use the layer menu fill content and use gradients as the fill content. You can also use gradients as a pattern to fill type. You can also use the type with masks and add a gradient to masks to fade the Photoshop type.

Type / text fills with Photoshop gradients using type masking tool

background and type text with Photoshop gradients

GRD format download


Buy $9.95 32,000 Colorful gradients for use with type and text in Photoshop Gradients for Photoshop and Elements (selection)

You can use the powerful and flexible and creative Photoshop gradients in type / text fills in Adobe ® PS.

  1. Create a new document

  2. Fill the document with a gradient using linear mode or radial and perhaps combine multiple applications of that preset or another GRD via the preset tool

  3. Use blending modes such as difference to create all kinds of super colorful backgrounds for your type.

  4. You can also modify the color of any generated background by using tools such as adjustments and plugin tools such as camera raw filter

  5. Type some text using the horizontal type masking tool to create a selection from the type.

Adding layer gradient styles to type

type paste special

Create some text / type and go to the layer menu and Photoshop styles / layer styles command and select the GRD overlay and set either a pre-defined preset such as 'foreground to transparent' or perhaps select one of the other GRD files included in the list or perhaps check out the selection on this site or other sites (there are 32,000 different presets available in one amazing super cheap bundle on this site - all by this site) or just create your own using the stops and colors.


With the latest version of CC you can now add multiple gradient overlays to the type by using the '+ to add an additional preset overlay and you can then using blending modes within the layer styles dialog to create all kinds of super colorful items and these can also be saved to the styles panel as well as stored in the CC libraries for future use.


You can also duplicate the type layer and then combine those in many different ways with the first layer.

Smart objects and Photoshop gradient type

text overlay

You can also convert the combined overlay and characters into a smart object via the smart object command in the Photoshop layer menu and then combine the color effects with smart filters as well as smart adjustments and you can then add additional shapes and gradients to that and also combine the results with blending modes and more in a smart object which can also be placed into the CC libraries. The key thing is that the type is still live and the layer style and gradients can be modified at any point.


The smart object approach is also useful if you wish to add a quick extrusion with the type and overlay.

  1. Create some type via the type tool in Photoshop

  2. Select type layer

  3. Layer menu

  4. Layer style / gradient overlay

  5. Keep selected

  6. Layer menu

  7. Smart objects

  8. Convert to smart object command in the layer menu.

  9. Go to the filter menu and add a smart filter

The smart object can have smart filters and adjustments added.


You can also just combine the artwork with the background via the flatten command and then add brush strokes and other effects to the type such as adding color LUT adjustments as well as many other adjustments such as color filters or hue and saturation filters and more

Using the fill content layers for Photoshop gradient type

fill content layer and photoshop gradients

You can also add a gradient to the type via fill content

  1. Select type layer in layers panel

  2. Layer menu

  3. Fill content layer.

  4. Select gradient as the content

  5. Select the gradient from the dropdown


You can use the layer on top of the type layer and use it with blending modes or opacity or any transparency included in the fill content layer. You can use more than one fill content layer and change the position of the origin as well as type such as radial, angle etc

Other tutorials

1. how to load / install the Photoshop gradients


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