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Applying a gradient

From: Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials

Video: Applying a gradient

Here we can look at three different ways of creating a gradient, or applying a gradient to your type: a gradient overlay, a gradient layer, and just a regular layer with a gradient added to it. We're also going to look at how you can determine whether the gradient starts and finishes across the whole range of your type or whether it starts and finishes within individual words. So let's begin by looking at a gradient overlay, one of our layer effects. So I've clicked on the type layer. I'm going to go Gradient Overlay, and then I'm going to come and choose the kind of gradient that I want.

Applying a gradient

Here we can look at three different ways of creating a gradient, or applying a gradient to your type: a gradient overlay, a gradient layer, and just a regular layer with a gradient added to it. We're also going to look at how you can determine whether the gradient starts and finishes across the whole range of your type or whether it starts and finishes within individual words. So let's begin by looking at a gradient overlay, one of our layer effects. So I've clicked on the type layer. I'm going to go Gradient Overlay, and then I'm going to come and choose the kind of gradient that I want.

I'm going to use this one, and then this will determine the angle of the gradient. I can also mess around with its scale, I can reverse it, et cetera. I'm just going to leave it as is for now. So that's method number one. Now what I'm going to do is I am going to duplicate this layer. Command+J or Ctrl+J will turn off the one that's below, and I will delete the layer effect. So we're back to where we began. I'm now going to do the same thing but in a slightly different way.

This is applying a gradient layer. So I'm going to come down to my adjustment layers, and the second option, Gradient. I'll click on my gradient picker. I get the same choice of gradients, and I'm going to use the same gradient. Now, that is going to fill the whole of the layer. Don't worry about that. We're going to fix that in just a moment. We get one additional option here that we don't get with the gradient overlay, and this may be significant. If you're finding that you have banding in your gradients, then you might want to add some noise to them, or you may just want to check this box, Dither.

That's going to mix up the colors a bit with the intent of fixing any banding problems. So if I click OK now, my gradient is filling the whole of the layer, obscuring the type. So what I need to do now is hold down my Alt key or Option key and just click on the line between the type and the gradient. So that it is now clipping the gradient to the type. Had I anticipated that I wanted to do that, I could have held down the Option or Alt key when I went to the Gradient layer and chosen Use Previous layer to Create Clipping Mask, and that way it's going to start out that way. All right! That's method number two.

Method number three. I'm going to duplicate the type layer, I'm going to drag the type layer above those gradients, and I'm going to turn off those two. So we're back to where we began. Method number three is just create yourself a blank layer, and as with the previous example, this layer needs to be clipped to the type. So anticipating that, I'm going to hold down the Option key or Alt key, click on the line between them. We see that it gets indented. We get an arrow pointing down to the layer that it is clipped to.

So I can now choose my Gradient tool in the toolbar. I can come up to my Gradient picker, same choice of gradients. So I'll use the same one again. But I now will just drag the gradient in whatever direction I want it to go. So this is a slightly more free-form approach. If I wanted it to start a bit lower, then I would do just that. I'd start a bit lower. If I don't like the angle, I can just move the angle around wherever I want it to go. So those are three different ways of making the gradient, but what if we want this gradient to start and finish in the word 'making', and then start and finish in the word 'the', and then the sign and the word 'grade'? Then we need to do something different.

We need to separate these three pieces of type onto separate layers. So I'll turn off what we have so far. So now I'm going to turn on this group, and if we expand this group, what we see is, in it, three separate layers where we've got each word on its own layer. I could now just use any of the previous methods to apply the gradient to each of these layers individually. Perhaps the quickest way of doing it is going to be just to pick up the layer effect that I applied down here.

So I'm going to copy this layer effect, and to do so I'm going to hold down the Option or Alt key and then just drag that up to there. I'll repeat that again, and I'll repeat it again. So now we have the gradient starting and finishing within each line of type as opposed to going across the whole type area.

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Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials

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Nigel French
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  1. 1m 31s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 6m 12s
    1. The pros and cons of setting type in Photoshop
      1m 27s
    2. Exploring type anatomy and terminology
      1m 8s
    3. Setting type preferences
      3m 37s
  3. 34m 28s
    1. Interacting with type layers
      1m 53s
    2. Entering and selecting point type
      6m 27s
    3. Copying a type layer
      3m 6s
    4. Choosing fonts
      3m 15s
    5. Sizing type
      2m 20s
    6. Understanding pixel/point size and resolution
      1m 49s
    7. Entering and selecting paragraph type
      2m 42s
    8. Finding and replacing text
      2m 20s
    9. Spell-checking your type
      55s
    10. Converting point type to paragraph type and vice versa
      1m 23s
    11. Creating returns and non-breaking spaces in paragraph type
      1m 18s
    12. Entering glyphs and special characters
      4m 28s
    13. Applying anti-aliasing to type
      2m 32s
  4. 39m 35s
    1. Changing fonts across multiple layers
      38s
    2. Changing type color
      4m 5s
    3. Sampling color
      3m 19s
    4. Working with transparency
      1m 46s
    5. Applying a gradient
      4m 22s
    6. Setting leading
      3m 56s
    7. Tracking type
      3m 7s
    8. Kerning type
      3m 44s
    9. Using horizontal and vertical scale options
      1m 39s
    10. Using Baseline Shift
      2m 39s
    11. Casing and underlining options
      2m 36s
    12. Giving emphasis
      41s
    13. Using smart quotes
      1m 3s
    14. Working with OpenType fonts
      5m 9s
    15. Resetting the Character panel
      51s
  5. 28m 31s
    1. Aligning paragraphs left, right, and center
      2m 17s
    2. Setting justified paragraph alignment
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning type on an axis
      2m 51s
    4. Setting forced justified paragraph alignment
      3m 4s
    5. Evenly spacing type elements with unique lengths
      2m 29s
    6. Aligning type with guides and Smart Guides
      2m 20s
    7. Aligning type along a radial axis
      2m 32s
    8. Grouping layers
      1m 29s
    9. Adding space between paragraphs and paragraph indents
      2m 9s
    10. Creating a bulleted list
      1m 46s
    11. Setting the hanging punctuation option
      42s
    12. Resetting the Paragraph panel
      51s
  6. 9m 19s
    1. Using type mask tools
      3m 10s
    2. Creating masks from type layers
      2m 36s
    3. Masking with a clipping mask
      1m 41s
    4. Masking with Pattern Overlay
      1m 52s
  7. 37m 24s
    1. Setting type around a circle
      5m 55s
    2. Setting type along a pen path
      3m 42s
    3. Setting type around a shape
      4m 29s
    4. Create a work path from type
      5m 59s
    5. Rotating type with Free Transform
      1m 15s
    6. Working with vertical type
      1m 54s
    7. Working with stacked type
      1m 44s
    8. Transforming type using the Warp tool
      4m 9s
    9. Distorting type
      3m 50s
    10. Converting type to shape layers
      4m 27s
  8. 17s
    1. Final thoughts
      17s

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