Creating a Gradient

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This tutorial was created for some friends of mine who wanted to begin learning more about PSP.  It is intended for beginners to learn how to create a new gradient file.  If you have any questions, please feel free to Email  me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Paint Shop Pro.  I wrote this with  Paint Shop Pro X, but the steps may also be done in any version.  You may download a free trial at Corel.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

1.  Choose gradient from your material Properties palette, and set the gradient to Angle = 0, Repeats = 0.  It does not matter what gradient you have in your picture.

2.  Click on the Edit button under the gradient picture.

3.  We are going to create a NEW gradient file, so click on NEW.  (If you would like to change an already existing gradient, click SaveAs, then follow the rest of this tutorial).

Note:  When changing or creating gradients, always start from a NEW or SAVE AS file.  Never save changes directly to a gradient you already have-- or you will not be able to undo it.

4.  Give your new gradient a name.  Click Ok

5.  Now in the Types menu, click on your named gradient.

6.  Now look in the above picture.  See the middle section called Gradient?  and the color bar?  Click on the first color paint can (left end).  Just click on  the can.

7.  After choosing the color can, click on the color box next to custom (the big one), and the color palette comes up.  Pick your color.  Click ok.

8.  Now that first color can is the color I chose.

9.  Gradients blend better with the more color blends you put into it.  So you will need to have more than 2 color paint cans if you are going to be using more than 2 colors.  To ADD a color paint can to the color bar,  WITH YOUR mouse, click close to the bottom of the color bar.  This adds a new paint can (circled).  Then click on that paint can, and then the custom color box and make it whatever color you want.

10.   Continue to add more color cans as needed, and making them the colors you want to make them.

11.  Once you have all the color paint cans you want, you need to adjust the size of the colors and the blending dots to help blend your colors.  In the picture below,  You can drag left or right the color paint cans.  This will enlarge the color space or shrink it. So if I want a bigger white area in my gradient, slide the white color paint can to the right; sliding it to the left will make it smaller.

The dot (circled) above the color bar, slides the blending between the two paint cans.  Slide these left or right, until you are happy with the blending.

12.  The last part to work with is the transparency.  If you do not want any transparency in your gradient, then skip this step!  I wanted my gradient to fade slightly towards the blue side (right side).  So I clicked on the right can, and THEN change the Opacity to whatever % you want.  Try it.  Change it to 50% and you can see the gradient bar below the transparency bar get semi-transparent.  Adjust the transparency as you want it.  If you do not want any transparency, then change the Opacity to 100%.

13.  When you are done, click Close.  It will ask you if you want to save changes, click yes.

14.  If you have PSP 8 or above, the gradient is saved in your gradient folder of your PSP folder in MY DOCUMENTS.  (in case you want to share your file with everyone!)




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