How to Make a Gradient in Photoshop

By Contributing Writer

The ability to create a gradient in Photoshop is one of the program's most basic and effective elements. Gradients are shaded graphics that start as one color and end in another. For example, a traditional black-to-white gradient would start with black on one end and fade to white by the other end of the graphic. Gradients can create depth in a graphic, and are also of great help when designing websites. Gradients are also popular in Web 2.0 design. Use this tutorial to help you create an effective Web 2.0 design.

Step 1

Open Photoshop and create a new document.

Step 2

Select the Gradient tool from your toolbar. It is near the middle of the toolbar, and can also be selected by hitting "G."

Step 3

Select from the bottom of your toolbar the colors you want to use in your gradient. The gradient will start with the color on the top and end with the one on the bottom.

Step 4

Using the Gradient tool, click on the stage and drag the tool across the stage in the direction you want your gradient to run. This will complete your gradient.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can change the kind of gradient you create by adjusting settings on the toolbar. You can change the shape and form of your gradient in the toolbar.