Editing gradients is done in the Gradient Editor panel in Photoshop 6 onwards

When the Gradient tool is selected, clicking on the preset sample at the top-left of the Option bar opens up the Gradient Editor panel. Here you can choose from a range of ready-made gradients, or create your own.

To create a custom gradient just select a preset and begin editing the colours of the 'nodes' in the editing strip at the bottom of the panel.

The top of the strip contains the transparency nodes, while the bottom contains the colour nodes. Click on a node (or 'Color Stop' as

Clicking on a colour node, (or 'Stop'as Adobe calls them) in the gradient strip at the bottom of the panel selects it for editing.

Adobe calls them) to edit its colour. The Stops section lets you edit the properties of the selected stop.

Changing stops

Creating new stops is done by clicking in free space above or below the gradient strip.To remove a stop, drag it away and let go. Stops can be moved by dragging them left or right.

The Gradient Editor explained

I The Preset list is displayed at the top. You can change the size of the previews from the panel's pop-up menu.

the TransparencyStops are displayed on top of the gradient strip.They can be either white,black or shades otgrey only.

■ When you select a Colour or TransparencyStop its mid-point handle is also displayed.Drag this to change the rate of blending between nodes.

I The Preset list is displayed at the top. You can change the size of the previews from the panel's pop-up menu.

the TransparencyStops are displayed on top of the gradient strip.They can be either white,black or shades otgrey only.

You can change the type of gradient from the pop-up. The options are Color (normal) and Noise.

Create a new preset from the current gradient strip by clicking on this button here.

You can change the type of gradient from the pop-up. The options are Color (normal) and Noise.

Create a new preset from the current gradient strip by clicking on this button here.

The Color Stops (or nodes) are displayed underneath the gradient strip. Click on one to select it for editing. Clicking where there is no stop present adds a new one.

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