Option Bar of Gradient Tool

9 - Gradient Tool in Photoshop

  1. Gradient: This is where you can choose your gradient. Just click on the drop-down arrow and you can see a lot more possibilities.
  2. Type of Gradient: Photoshop comes with 5 types of gradients. Linear, Radial, Angle, Reflected, and Diamond. The one that was shown is above example is Linear.
  3. Mode: Of course, this is Blend Mode.
  4. Opacity: This determines the opacity of your gradient. I’d like to keep it as 100%.
  5. Reverse: This one is cool. If it’s not checked, the gradient goes from Foreground color to Background color. If checked, the gradient goes from background color to foreground color.
  6. Dither: Dithering is the process of using two colors to simulate the shade of a third color by placing dots of the two colors close together. The application using the dithering process can use several strategies of placing the dots over the region showing the third color. It can place dots in particular patterns or at random. – by Chron.com
  7. Transparency: Remember that we created a cool effect is Step 2 where the gradient went from the foreground color to transparent? This is because the transparency was turned on. If it’s not, the result would’ve been a black image.

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