In this article, DesignerVN will show you how to create custom gradients using Photoshop CC in four easy steps.
Photoshop CC is a great tool for creating gradients. Just blend the colors together, you can create stunning effects. Photoshop has several built-in gradient templates, but what if you want to create a new gradient color swatch?
In this article, we will show you how to create a custom gradient using Photoshop CC in four easy steps.
Step 1: Select and use Gradient
You can find the Gradient in Photoshop’s toolbar or press the G keyboard shortcut.
Step 2: Use Gradient Editor
To customize the gradient, go to the top left corner of the workspace and double click on the color bar to access Gradient Editor. Gradient Editor is a powerful, simple tool and it will help you to customize the gradient color swatch.
At the top of the editor you’ll see a row Presets available included. Along the right side of the editor are options Load, Save and create gradients new. At the bottom of the editor are tools to customize your gradient.
There are two different styles of gradients you can create. The first one we will design is called Solid gradients. You can see this option in the menu Gradient Type: Solid in the middle of the editor. Make sure this option is selected before you begin.
Step 3: Create Solid Gradient
Photoshop’s default gradient transition between two colors, but what if you want to switch between three or more colors? To do this, click one of the Point Color Stops (Points color stop) located at the left and right ends of the slider. For this tutorial, we’ll adjust the left Color Stop by dragging it towards the center of the slider.
To choose a third color, double-click Color Stops. It will open Color picker and allows you to choose a color of your choice. After choosing a color, click OK. Photoshop will add a third color to your slider.
If you want to adjust where they blend click and drag Point Color Midpoint, to change the color blend ratio.
You can also adjust Smoothness (Degrees smooth) of the color mixing effect for better results. For this tutorial, I’m going to keep the smoothness at 100%, but if you want more intense color transitions, you can reduce this.
Click OK to escape Gradient Editor. Next pay attention to the options bar in the upper right and try different Gradient types.
Below are descriptions and short examples of Gradient types.
Linear gradients allow colors to transition in a straight line from one point to another.
Radial gradient creates a more circular transition; The starting point is the focal point and the nuance is the end point.
The starting and ending points in an angle. The two colors then blend in a clockwise motion from the starting color to the end color around the offset angle.
Reflected Gradient is similar to a reflection, in that it creates a mirrored effect with the endpoint color being on both sides of the starting point color.
As the name implies, this gradient creates a diamond shape. The starting point is a diamond-shaped trajectory, transitioning into the end point.
Step 4: Create Noise Gradient
To create a Noise Gradient, double click on the color bar to access Gradient Editor. Pay attention to the Gradient Type, click and select Noise. You’ll immediately see a new color slider show up at the bottom of your editor, along with two sections to adjust. Roughness and Color Model.
Under Color Model are the three sliders for the individual color channels. By sliding markers along each channel, you can adjust the amount of colors displayed in your gradient.
You can also adjust the contrast between these colors using Roughness. A high percentage of roughness means that the gradient will have very clear lines of color. Low percentage means the colors will be blended.
Once these specifications are calibrated, click OK. Select your gradient style in the left corner of the workspace, then click and drag the gradient tool across the canvas to see different results.
You will immediately notice that the Grain gradient looks very different from the Solid gradient. Radial Gradient is a good example of this.
How to save Gradient
Let’s say you really like the gradient you created and you want to reuse it on another image. To do this, go to Gradient Editor > New. This will add a new pattern to the gradient you created in the window Presets.