Adding multiple gradients to a layer

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Dec 24, 2019 Dec 24, 2019

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I'm currently running PS 2020 on Windows 10. In the past, I could use the gradient tool to add multiple gradients to a layer. Now every time I use the tool more than once on the same layer, it erases the previous gradient and leaves only the most recent one. Is there any way I can correct this? Or do I have to add a new layer for every individual gradient I apply? 

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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 24, 2019 Dec 24, 2019
Hi Either, set a blend mode for the gradient tool or apply each gradient to a new layer and blend/mask the layers. I would always go for the latter (separate layers) as it is easy to make alterations later. Dave

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Adobe Community Professional , Oct 31, 2020 Oct 31, 2020
Gradient tool blend modes can still be used on masks as well as on normal layers. In the attached example I first use a gradient left to right then set the tool to "Multiply" and used it top to bottom Dave

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 24, 2019 Dec 24, 2019

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Hi

Either, set a blend mode for the gradient tool or apply each gradient to a new layer and blend/mask the layers. I would always go for the latter (separate layers) as it is easy to make alterations later.

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 24, 2019 Dec 24, 2019

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The gradients need to go from the hue/color to transparent and not color to color. For example, use Black to Transparent and not Black to White

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New Here ,
Apr 19, 2021 Apr 19, 2021

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This is the answer. Thank you. 

 

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New Here ,
Aug 11, 2020 Aug 11, 2020

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hey, set the mode of gradient TO MULTIPLE. I faced the same issue on PS2020 and it worked! It will allow you to apply many gradients  without creating new layers and blending them later.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 11, 2020 Aug 11, 2020

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That's what the first reply , given back in 2019, says "....set a blend mode for the gradient tool..."  🙂

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New Here ,
Aug 14, 2020 Aug 14, 2020

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Can you help me with this problem ? I am facing the same issue.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 14, 2020 Aug 14, 2020

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If you have the same issue does the answer given earlier help i.e. either, set a blend mode for the gradient tool or apply each gradient to a new layer and blend/mask the layers?  I would always go for the latter (separate layers) as it is easy to make alterations later.

Dave

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New Here ,
Oct 31, 2020 Oct 31, 2020

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So I just updated to PS2021 and I am also trying to apply a gradient mask to an image. In the past I could add one mask and then had, I think, and "Add" option so I could lay down one gradient and then another within the same layer mask. I guess I am not seeing "TO MULTIPLE" in the mode dropdown list. Can you please clarify or maybe we are talking about two different things here. Thanks!

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Gradient tool blend modes can still be used on masks as well as on normal layers.

In the attached example I first use a gradient left to right then set the tool to "Multiply" and used it top to bottom

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Dave

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New Here ,
Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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Thank you!!! this has been driving me nuts all day lol.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 12, 2020 Oct 12, 2020

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What I'd like to do is file a class action lawsuit on Adobe for forcing us into program changes that take hours of our time to re-learn how to do simple things. It's absurd how complex they made making a simple gradient.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 13, 2020 Oct 13, 2020

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What changes? Making a gradient is as simple as it always was.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 15, 2020 Oct 15, 2020

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When I try to do a gradient to transparent, I suddenly can't do multiple gradients on the same image b/c every time I try, the second one cancels the first one. In other words, if I do a gradient to transparent on the left side of an image and then do a second one on the right side, the left side gradient is reset to the way it orginally was and only the right side gradient appears.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 15, 2020 Oct 15, 2020

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So when making multiple gradients the answer is as above - use blend modes on the gradient tool to combine the second gradient with the first.

This has not changed , it has always worked this way.

Dave

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New Here ,
Oct 20, 2021 Oct 20, 2021

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Make sure you are NOT selecting "Multiply" from the "Layer" Tab dropdown.

You have to select "Multiply" from the Gradient's "Mode" dropdown.

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New Here ,
Aug 05, 2022 Aug 05, 2022

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Fabulous spamwich! That was an a-ha moment for me 🙂

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Enthusiast ,
Aug 06, 2022 Aug 06, 2022

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Side note...
I was gonna advise to use Darken instead of Multiply, as you often just want to keep the darkest value, not block everything up. If your gradient is lighter than a value already on the mask, you often don't want it to darken the mask even further.

I thought that setting the Gradient Tool to Darken (despite its name) would respect the darker tones already there, yet if I add the same gradient again at the exact same spot, values are building as if I'm using Multply...? I would expect it to do nothing, as my gradient is not darker than the gradient I just layed down. Is that correct behavior...?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 07, 2022 Aug 07, 2022

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'if I add the same gradient again at the exact same spot, values are building as if I'm using Multply...?'

 

Is your gradient solid to solid?  I don't seem to be able to replicate that with a solid gradient (i.e. any color to any color). Darken works as expected for such gradients and the second identical gradient causes no change. With a gradient to transparency I do see a difference but it is not a change in the color value but the transparency is building (in this case reducing) with each stroke. It works the same way with layer blend modes involving transparency.

 

Dave

 

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Enthusiast ,
Aug 07, 2022 Aug 07, 2022

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"Is your gradient solid to solid?"

No, black to transparent, applied with an action to the exact same spot.

I  guess I didn't realize that where the gradient is not 100% black, it has transparency, and the next application of the same gradient can theoretically darken it (and does so).  Yet, in my mind, I'm laying down the exact same pixels and am feeling it shouldn't darken in Darken mode.
If my first gradient is 100%...75%...50%...25%...0%, and I follow that up with exactly the same, none of my consecutive gradient values are darker than what I applied the first time, and the darker result tends to catch me out... I always "understood" Darken should keep the darkest part only.
Thanks for the reply!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Your thought process is indeed logical but all documentation  I've seen on blend modes is based on calculation of pixel colour values rather than transparency which appears to be applied separately.

You can achieve what you were attempting by blending black to white gradients in a layer mask. There darken works as you would expect.

 

Dave

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