Gradient Tool

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The Gradient Tool is used to create smooth transitions between two or more colors in an object.



When you select the Gradient Tool, the Tool Options Panel will show the options for the Gradient Tool.

These allow you to:

  • Name : Set a name for the layer you are about to create. The name of the layer can always be changed later via the Layers Panel or the Parameters Panel if necessary, but the type of gradient needs to be chosen now.

  • Layer Type : Choose the type of gradient to create (Linear, Radial, Conical, Spiral).

  • Blend Method Parameter : The blending method used to composite on the layers below

  • Opacity : Sets the Opacity for new layers. Defaults to 1.00 (Completely opaque)

For help with editing gradient colors see the section on Gradient Editor Dialog.

The 4 types of gradients



This produces a simple transition in a straight line. Set your foreground and background colors. Click where you want the gradient to begin, and drag to where you want the transition to end. The gradient will be created perpendicular to the line you drag out. At any time, you can edit the gradient by moving either endpoint in any direction. You must use the Transform Tool to be able to edit the endpoints.

Radial Gradient Layer


This produces circular colors with the transition being at the center of those circles. Click where you want the center of the circles to be, and drag to set the radius of the transition. Use the Transform Tool to edit the position (center endpoint), or the radius (surface endpoint), of the radial gradient.

Conical Gradient Layer


This has the appearance of looking down on a tip of a cone. The gradient is along the circular arc of the center and goes in all directions. Click to set the center, and drag to indicate the direction in which the foreground and background colors should go. To edit afterwards, use the Transform Tool. The center endpoint can be adjusted to move the center of the gradient. The other endpoint adjusts the direction of the gradient.

Spiral Gradient Layer


This produces a spiral gradient. Click to set the center of the spiral and drag to set the ‘tightness’. To edit afterwards, use the Transform Tool.

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