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gradient file is bad or corrupted

Explorer ,
Jan 09, 2020 Jan 09, 2020

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When I open PS (latest version) I get an error, "gradient file is bad or corrupted." I checked on this a while back and there were othe people having this same issue but now I can't find any post that refer to a fix. Does anyone have a fix? Will uninstalling and re-installing it fix it?

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New Here , Apr 23, 2020 Apr 23, 2020
Solved?So I opened up GRADIENTS in the Preset Manager (under EDIT), dragged one of the presets to a different location in the window, clicked SAVED, and DONE, and the error message no longer appears when PS Elements is loading.  (Save button didn't seem to work, so not sure why this got rid of the error message but it did.)

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New Here , Jun 19, 2020 Jun 19, 2020
Solution for "Gradient File is bad or Corrupted."Exit Photoshop.Locate your Gradients.PSP file.In Windows, it's located in C:\Users\**Username** \AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop 2020\Adobe Photoshop 2020 SettingsCopy it to a temporary folder. You probably won't need it but save it, just in case.Delete the Gradients.PSP file from the Adobe Photoshop 2020 Settings folder above. Photoshop will regenerate a new Gradients.PSP file when launched.Launch Photoshop. If you still get the error, crea...

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 18, 2020 Apr 18, 2020

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SO! just like that, not a single reply from Adobe? Mi PS now for no reason says  "gradient file is bad or corrupted." as well.
WHY!???

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 18, 2020 Apr 18, 2020

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Have you tried to reset preferences? 

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New Here ,
Apr 23, 2020 Apr 23, 2020

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I have Photoshop Elements 15 and started to get the same message:  "gradient file is bad or corrupted."

Resetting preferences did not solve the problem. I also checked for updates under "help" and I'm up to date.

 

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Apr 23, 2020 Apr 23, 2020

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So I opened up GRADIENTS in the Preset Manager (under EDIT), dragged one of the presets to a different location in the window, clicked SAVED, and DONE, and the error message no longer appears when PS Elements is loading.  (Save button didn't seem to work, so not sure why this got rid of the error message but it did.)

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New Here ,
Jun 26, 2020 Jun 26, 2020

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This solved the problem for me. I had to go to the second step (open file, use a gradient preset), but problem solved! Thank you very much.

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New Here ,
Jun 02, 2020 Jun 02, 2020

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I just lost a file to "the gradient file is bad or corrupted."  I then updated Pshop and now it says "file cannot be loaded because of program error."  

This is the 3rd time in a few months I have lost a file  - and there's nothing to be done...............

You say "have you tried to reset preferences." \ Exactly what do you mean?

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Jun 19, 2020 Jun 19, 2020

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Solution for "Gradient File is bad or Corrupted."

Exit Photoshop.

Locate your Gradients.PSP file.

In Windows, it's located in C:\Users\**Username** \AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop 2020\Adobe Photoshop 2020 Settings

Copy it to a temporary folder. You probably won't need it but save it, just in case.

Delete the Gradients.PSP file from the Adobe Photoshop 2020 Settings folder above. Photoshop will regenerate a new Gradients.PSP file when launched.

Launch Photoshop. If you still get the error, create a new document and use a gradient preset. Then quit and reopen Photoshop.

That should resolve it.

 

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New Here ,
Aug 07, 2020 Aug 07, 2020

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Thank you.
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Community Beginner ,
Sep 03, 2020 Sep 03, 2020

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Thank you. But as a "just in case" I just renamed the .psp file.  My normal renaming convention is to place "_old" in front of the original filename.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 07, 2020 Dec 07, 2020

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I have been using tht cnventionfor many years, andnot just for Adobe. Iteliminates a lot of possiblec onfusionm. Others may se a difrent method, but renaming a file "_old...." works  for me, 

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New Here ,
Sep 07, 2021 Sep 07, 2021

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I have tried all the suggestions and I'm still getting the error and photoshop will not run correctly.

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New Here ,
Dec 07, 2020 Dec 07, 2020

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@spectraflash613 Thanks a bunch, Step one did not do the trick, but Step two worked like a charm. 

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New Here ,
Jan 25, 2021 Jan 25, 2021

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How can I locate gradient.PSP file?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 25, 2021 Jan 25, 2021

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If you are on Windows machine take a look below at screenshot

gradients psp.jpg

 

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