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Custom Gradient

Written By: Sandra
Last Updated: July 24th, 2017
Program: Photoshop
Difficulty: ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This tutorial is going to teach you how to add custom gradients to your palette in photoshop.

Materials Needed

Step One

Open up your color palette in photoshop. I’ll be using this one.

Step Two

Click on the gradient tool in the left toolbar.


Note: If you have a paint bucket and no gradient tool, right click the paint bucket and choose the gradient option.

Step Three

In the top toolbars, you’ll see a box with a gradient in it. It looks like this:


Double click on the gradient to open the gradient editor.

step four

The gradient editor will come up. Move your gradient editor so that it’s NOT covering your color palette that you opened earlier.

Step Five

Your gradient editor will not have all of these gradients inside it. It may only have a few. IGNORE mine. Let’s move forward.
Pay attention to the sliders on the bottom of the gradient editor.


Well, depending on your color scheme, you need to have that many sliders. For three, you need three. For four, you need four, etc. To add more slideys, just click next to one of the other ones.


I’m using a scheme with 4 colors so I need to add one more.

Step Six

Now you need to rearrange them so your gradient looks equal and clean. See where it says “Color” and has the color and “location” and has a percent? Click inside the location box, like below.


The equal arrangement for a 4 scheme would be having a slider at 0, 33, 67, and 100.
So make your first slider at 0%, and then the second at 33%, the third at 67%, and the fourth at 100%.

Step Seven

Now, click where it says color. A box should pop up that has all the colors in it. Hover your mouse over where your color scheme is, you should see the dropper. Click on the first color in your color scheme, and click Ok.


Finish off the other colors in your scheme so that your gradient is completely colorized.

Step Eight

To save this gradient in your palette, click New before you click Ok.

Step Nine

Now in the top corner where the gradient chooser is, you can click the down arrow and find your new gradient at the bottom of the menu! New gradients will always go to the very bottom.

And that’s it!

Knowing how to make custom gradients is extremely important to anything preppy-related in the siteworld. This is the most basic form of making gradients there is! We hope this tutorial helped you!

Color Locations by # of Colors in Scheme
The formula is 100 / (n-1) where n is the number of colors in your scheme.
You always put one color at 0%. Then you take the formula (100 / n-1) and get a value, which you use to put a color at every multiple of that value.
Example: If you’re using a 4 scheme, 4-1 is 3, so you do 100 / 3. That leaves you with 33.3. You put a color at each multiple, so you’d put colors at 0, 33, 67, and 100.

3: 0%, 50%, 100%
4: 0%, 33%, 67%, 100%
5: 0%, 25%, 50%, 75%, 100%
6: 0%, 20%, 40%, 60%, 80%, 100%

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