gradient Styles for Photoshop Tutorial

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By Andrew Buckle, Updated : 2021

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A quick guide to the Photoshop gradient styles (radial, linear, diamond, reflected, angle etc) tutorial. How to use the gradient styles



1. What are the gradient Styles

Select the gradient tool is the key to the whole thing or select the gradient style in a variety of panels such as fill content and layer styles / gradient overlay.


2. Where can you find the gradient Styles

You can find the gradient styles for the tool along the top of the Photoshop application along with the actual colors you will be using and other settings such as opacity etc. The styles are buttons that can be selected


You can also find the gradient styles in the gradient fill panel and also Photoshop styles as well as via shape layers. The styles are available via a drop down in the gradient overlay as well as glow as well as stroke.


3. Linear gradient styles

The linear gradients are applied across or diagonal or any angle across an image. The origin of the linear gradient can be inside or outside of the gradient. The end point can also be inside the document as well as outside the document. The linear gradient style uses the current color / opacity stops (as with radial etc)


4. Radial gradient styles

The radial design creates a circular design (sadly there is no elliptical feature in Photoshop). The radial gradient uses the origin point as well as the length of the gradient from the start point to the release / end point.


5. Ring gradient styles

Sadly, Photoshop has no repeat feature (many apps do) but you can create all kind of ring designs by using alternating gradient stops in the editor so select the radial type and then go to the gradient editor by clicking on the current gradient in the top bar and then adding alternating gradient such as black and white and black and white etc. Space them out at 5% or 10% each time.


6. Elliptical gradient style

There is no elliptical style but you can use the gradient radial style and then transform that. Create a new layer for the gradient and then add the gradient to the layer though the gradient will need transparency in the last stop so you will need to go to the gradient editor via the current preset (click on that) and change the final stop to 0% opacity.


The gradient layer can then be re-sized in Photoshop though it is probably best to change it to a smart object via the layer menu and smart objects and convert to smart object and then squeeze either vertically or horizontally, this is not an ideal solution and it would be wonderful if Photoshop introduced a radial (as well as fractal gradient)

7. Angle

Select the angle and it will generate a conical design and you can set the origin any where and the design will fill the selection or the document. The colors for the gradient will go from 0 to 360 degrees and if the colors are the same for the first and end stops then you will create a smooth gradient.


If the colors are not the same, there will be a sharp line which is useful for all kinds of jagged designs.


8. Reflected Gradient style

This creates a repeat of the existing gradient and reflected. If you have a black and white gradient, the reflected can be used to create a white and black and white gradient (slightly odd)


9. Diamond gradient style

This style creates by default a diamond design but it can be drawn at 45 degrees and creates a square gradient style design.


10. Shape burst gradient style in Photoshop

There is a final gradient style and this can be found when you select a shape and then go to the layer menu and layer styles and go to the stroke section and select gradient fill type and select the style drop down and select the shape burst which is great for create amazing edges for brush strokes on layers as well as frames for designs on layers and more