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the Gradient: Linear Gradient tool
Now that a gradient is selected and/or customized, let's use it.
One easy way to apply a gradient is with the Linear Gradient tool.
Right-click the linear tools icon in the Tools panel and select it from
Simply click-and-drag somewhere in your blank image and you'll see a
Keep going until a certain distance and let go of the mouse button.
The gradient is drawn 'perpendicularly' to the path of your rubberband
line. Notice also that the left-most color of the gradient extends to
the left (in this case) and that the right-most color from the gradient
extends to the right on the other end.
Here's the result with a different gradient. It has many more color
The Circular Gradient Tool
now ready to try the next tool: the circular gradient tool.
Instead of a rubberband line it shows a rubberband circle, centered at
your first click point and change size as you drag the mouse,
until you let go the button to finish.
The gradient is now appearing in circles around the center of the
Note that the final (right-most) color shows around it all. That's
because it is opaque too. You can use the Opacity channel in the
gradient panel and bring it down to zero opacity if you prefer the
final color not to extend beyond the last 'ring'. You can in fact have
transparent parts in the gradient anywhere. We'll have a look at that
in another exercise: part
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