The Linear gradient is only one of five styles. We'll look at the others and see what they offer

EAt the top of the Gradient tool's Options bar next to the preset pop-up are the Gradient Styles. Linear is the default, but next to it is the Radial style. Selecting this creates a radial gradient using the selected preset. The first point you click is the center of the gradient,dragging outwards to the edges.

EThe next style option is the Circular style.This is not a common one to use, but can be useful.In this case the gradient is wrapped around in a circular motion.The line you drag doesn't mark the size of the gradient,but only the direction of the colours.

B . Next up is the Reflected style.This type of gradient can be useful,especially for creating masks and selections. In this case a Linear gradient is created, but in opposite directions from where you drag.

EFinally,the Diamond style is similar to the Radial style,except that the edges form a square rather than a smooth circle. This can be useful for certain kinds of vignette effects,for example.

Turn ir around

The invert button in the Options bar reverses the direction of the colours in the gradient.

Quick sample

Use the [Alt] key to activate the Eye Dropper. You can then choose colours for the gradient from your image.

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