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How to Edit a Gradient in Adobe Photoshop

If you are new to Photoshop and wish to explore the gradient feature terrain, follow this step-by-step instruction on how to edit gradient in Photoshop and get it right.

Step-by-step instructions on how to edit a gradient in Photoshop

Step 1: Create a new canvas

To create a new canvas, proceed to the Menu toolbar, and click on Files.

Once you do that, a drop-down menu appears. Scroll down and click on New. A dialogue box will pop up with options for necessary details for your new canvas. Fill in all details and proceed to click OK.

Step 2: Create a triangle shape

The next step is to create a design on your new canvas. For this particular feature, the graphic designer created a triangle shape using the Shape tool. To use it, scroll to the left-hand side of your screen and click on your Shape tool. In the drop-down box, select the Polygon, change the sides to 3 sides, and design on your canvas.

Step 3: Add the gradient

To edit a gradient, you need to make the gradient first. To do that, right-click on the layer, and on the drop-down menu click on Blending Options.

Step 4: Blending options

After clicking on Blending options, a dialogue box appears with options of Styles. On it thick the Gradient Overlay box.

Step 5: Gradient overlay

Once you thick the Gradient overlay box, click on it also; afterward, the dialogue box changes and opens with editing options with relations to the Gradient overlay and it shows a preview of any changes made.

Step 6: Editing the gradient

On the dialogue box with the editing options, click on the box labeled Gradient, and choices of stored gradient types available on Photoshop appear. Pick the desired gradient type you wish. For this example, the designer picked the yellow + orange gradient.

Step 7: Editing the gradient

Once you pick your desired gradient type, edit all necessary details.

Step 8: Editing the gradient (Continued)

Once you click on the gradient, another dialogue box appears with Gradient Editor for you to edit your chosen gradient. On the dialogue box, you’ll find a slider showing the gradient color composition. For this example, you can see the three colors of orange on both sides and yellow in the middle.

Step 9: Changing the gradient composition

Once you identify the color composition slider, click on one of the colors grading in the composition. For this illustration, the graphic designer chose the orange color on the far left side. Click on the color, and a Color picker option appears in a dialogue box.

Step 10: Editing with the color picker

After you click on one of the orange grading colors and the Color picker dialogue box appears, you have the liberty to change the color as you see fit. Here, the chosen color is Blue.

Step 11: Editing with the color picker

After you adjust the color grading at the left-hand side, proceed to the right-hand side through the same process done on the left-hand side by clicking on the color, and when the Color picker dialogue box appears, click on a new color for the right side of the shape. Here the chosen color is green.

Step 12: Gradient editor

Once you finish with that, on the gradient slider, you’ll still see traces of the faded yellow at the center. To rid yourself of it, drag the colors at both ends across the slider to delete any hints of yellow on it.

Note: You can change the concentration level of any of the colors by dragging the gradient slider from any side towards the other. You can also change the Opacity of any of the colors by clicking on the black slider adjacent to both colors. You can reduce or increase the Opacity of the gradient as you wish.

Step 13: Style editing

Once you finish up with all the gradient editing, the only dialogue box left on your screen is the Gradient overlay. Scroll down on the dialogue box and click on Styles. The drop-down menu shows different styles ranging from linear to diamond style. For this illustration, the chosen type is the Radial style. 

Step 14: Scale editing

As seen above, the gradient pattern is no longer linear but radial. Afterward, change the ratio of the colors on the gradient by adjusting the Scale. Here the scale ratio changed from 100% to 92%. While changing the scale ratio, note that this means the level/percentage of the color’s presence in the gradient. So you can change the ratio based on the colors you wish to see more.

Step 15: Reversing the color gradient

After you’ve fixed your scale ration, you can now reverse the colors’ position on the scale. To do that, right in front of the Gradient box, you’ll find the Reverse box. Click on it to switch the gradient colors, as seen above.

Step 16: Edited gradient

After all the adjustments, your image, as seen above, comes out with an edited gradient.


The gradient feature on Photoshop comes with lots of extra touches for your work. To enjoy all that this feature has for you, follow the above steps carefully to unlock your gradient editing skills and make your work more creative and beautiful.