How to Create a Custom Gradient Using Photoshop CC

MakeUseOf | 3/25/2019 | Shianne Edelmayer
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Photoshop CC is a great tool for creating gradients. By simply blending two colors together, you can add some visual “pop” to your images. Photoshop has some built-in options for this, but what if you want to create a gradient from scratch?

In this article, we’ll walk you through how to create a custom gradient using Photoshop CC in four simple steps.

Photoshop - CC - Tutorial - Custom - Template

First, open Photoshop CC. For this tutorial you don’t need a custom template, so we can go with Photoshop’s default canvas size.

Once you’ve opened your canvas, make sure your Gradient tool is active, seen here highlighted in red. After it’s active, pick two colors you want in your gradient, using your color swatches at the bottom of the toolbar. For this tutorial we’re going to go with a bright blue and purple, to create a “neon” look.

Gradient - Left-hand - Corner - Workspace - Double-click

To customize your gradient, go to the top left-hand corner of your workspace and double-click on the color bar to access your Gradient Editor. The Gradient Editor is a powerful, simple tool and a one-stop shop for all your customization needs.

At the top of the editor you’ll see a row of Presets that come with Photoshop CC. Along the right side of the editor are options to Load, Save, and create New gradients. At the bottom of the editor are the tools to customize your gradient.

Styles - Gradients - One - Solid - Gradient

There are two different styles of gradients you can create. The first one we’re going to design is called a Solid gradient. You can see this option in the dropdown menu where it says Gradient Type: Solid in the middle of the editor. Make sure this option is selected before you begin.

Photoshop’s default gradient transitions between two colors, but what if you want to transition between three? To do this, click on one of the Color Stops located on...
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