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Grasping the Gradient Tool

By Diana Day  ·  Issue: May/June 2011 (V8N3)

Take an inside look at one of Elements’ most versatile tools, which is used for everything from creating backgrounds to darkening skies.

[To see more in-depth articles and videos on Elements' basic tools and commands, check out our Tool Tips tag.]

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5 Replies to Grasping the Gradient Tool:

  1. Lynn

    July 8, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Hi Diana. I loved this article. I have flagged this page of my magazine for future help. You have given so much information in a simple format and I have learned an enormous amount about the gradient tool. I hope to see more information on other tools. Thank you, Lynn

    • John

      January 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Hi Lynn: I realize this is a very old blog but I have just across it and am having a problem with filling a shape with a gradient. In particular Diana Day gives an example of filling a leaf arrangement and states ” I stamped on the image with the decorative brush”. What does she mean “stamped” on the image? How did she get the image on the mask in the first place? Could you run me through the proceedure?

      John W.

  2. Celina U

    August 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Excellent article which gives an effective and easy understanding of the Gradient Tool.

  3. Robert

    September 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Everything and more of what I need to know about the gradient tool. I even tried out the period and comma shortcuts and was surprised to see they acutally worked. I think I now know how to create my own set of gradients. It’s not intuitive and this tutorial helped a great deal. Thanks.

  4. John

    January 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I came across this article and tried the example on the last page where the gradient was limited to the shape (flowers). I got the gradient but but not the colours. I also notice that the gradient icon in the layers panel is couple with the shape in a layers mask. How is this achieved? Can anyone help me out here?

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