you can fly!? Circular Gradients for Backgrounds
Using the circular gradient tool to make fancy background effects.
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Using 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 the menu.

Simply click-and-drag somewhere in your blank image and you'll see a rubberband line,

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 changes.

The Circular Gradient Tool

You're 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 tool's placement.

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 4 and 5

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