Photoshop: Interactive Gradient Tool

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LEGEND ,
Mar 20, 2012 Mar 20, 2012

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Ability to extend and rotate gradient interactively to get it perfect before you release the mouse button to commit. It's annoying to have to keep redoing the gradient until it looks right, so we really need it interactive.
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Participant ,
Mar 20, 2012 Mar 20, 2012

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We need onscreen handles to set up a gradient. The was it`s now working in PS is just trial and error.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 20, 2012 Mar 20, 2012

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I agree interactive edit handles for the gradient tool is what we need. That would be far better than how I mentioned it above.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 20, 2012 Mar 20, 2012

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I agree interactive edit handles for the gradient tool is what we need. That would be far better than what I mentioned above.

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Mar 20, 2012 Mar 20, 2012

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I think this is a good idea guys and I'd like to see it too. I guess that with the recent, and continuing, move to a more GPU based interface this might now be possible. How about something similar to Illustrator's gradient widget?

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Participant ,
Mar 20, 2012 Mar 20, 2012

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No matter where I place a gradient, the effect extends to the top or bottom of the image, and is not confined to the bounds I setup.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 20, 2012 Mar 20, 2012

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Did you make a selection to confine the result to a particular area?

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Participant ,
Mar 20, 2012 Mar 20, 2012

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Sorry should have said in lightroom...

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LEGEND ,
Jan 15, 2013 Jan 15, 2013

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Applying Gradients in Photoshop is a hit or miss exercise. You draw your line, at which time there is no live feedback, and then you let go to create the gradient. If you do not like it, you start over with a new gradient.

It would be nice to have a gradient editor like there is in InDesign and Illustrator. PS could store a vector based gradient on a layer as a smart object so it could be edited later. Or handle it similar to other vector objects in Photoshop like Text and Paths.

Any chance for this? CS6.5?

Thanks

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LEGEND ,
Jan 15, 2013 Jan 15, 2013

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That's true using the gradient tool, but you can edit and preview if you use a gradient fill layer or a gradient overlay style.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 15, 2013 Jan 15, 2013

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True, that will work in some cases. though not on a layer mask where I use it most. Come to think of it, a vector mask would be the perfect place to introduce an editable vector-based gradient tool.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 12, 2013 Apr 12, 2013

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Here's an example of interactive gradient tool in Inkscape:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=...

But the current gradient behavior has it's uses so include a toggle checkmark at the top bar with the other gradient tool options.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 21, 2016 Jan 21, 2016

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Please add visual gradient while applying (like in Paint.NET).
So when you're applying your gradient, you can actually see the gradient instead of only a line. This way I can use the exactly the gradient I want and not have to constantly Redo it

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LEGEND ,
Jan 21, 2016 Jan 21, 2016

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Option for the Gradient Tool in PSE. Right now when you apply a gradient you get a positioning line, when you let go of the mouse the gradient is applied. It would be nice to have the option of seeing the gradient while you are positioning it instead of having to wait until after. I would make this an option and not a replacement of the current method. The precision of the placement line is nice, but sometimes having an option to preview the gradient while placing it would also be highly useful.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 02, 2018 Mar 02, 2018

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Here we are SIX YEARS later, and Photoshop's gradient tool is still an embarrassing insult to customers.  Get it together, Photoshop team; there's no excuse for this:

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LEGEND ,
Mar 02, 2018 Mar 02, 2018

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Exactly. The first thing I wanted to do was create a gradient on a mask, and it was impossible to create the necessary gradient in Photoshop.  I ended up bringing the image into Shake, creating the gradient in a few seconds, and rendering out a PNG.

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