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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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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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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Oct 31, 2020 Oct 31, 2020

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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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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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