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How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

You fill an area with a gradient by dragging within the image or by selecting with the Gradient tool. The distance between the starting point (where you first press the mouse button) and ending point (where you release the mouse button) affects the gradient appearance, as does the gradient type.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

You can choose any of the following gradient types in the Tool Options bar.

Shades from the starting point to the ending point in a straight line.

Shades from the starting point to the ending point in a circular pattern.

Shades in a counterclockwise sweep around the starting point.

Shades using symmetric linear gradients on either side of the starting point.

Shades from the starting point outward in a diamond pattern. The ending point defines one corner of the diamond.

You can also use a Fill Layer to apply a gradient to your image. The fill layer gives you the added flexibility of changing the gradient properties and editing the fill layer’s mask to limit the gradient to a portion of your image.

Gradients are stored in libraries. You can choose a different library of gradients to display in the Gradient Picker menu by clicking the the menu and selecting a library at the bottom of the list. You can also save and load your own libraries of gradients in this menu. You can also manage gradients by using the Preset Manager.

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Does there is any way to apply gradient effect to a path like it is possible to apply brush to a stroke path?

I would like to create a gradient effect that shape according to the path I created.

I know that it is possible in Illustrator, but I didn’t find how to do it in Photoshop.

I would like to create a similar effect that you can find in the first picture at this link: How to Apply a Gradient Fill to Strokes in Adobe Illustrator CS5 and Earlier – Astute Graphics

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A Gradient perpendicular to the Path could be simulated with Layer Style Stroke set to Gradient and Shape Burst.

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For Gradients along the the Path just use Illustrator, some destructive work-arounds in Photoshop might be feasible but be a waste of time.

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If you do need to use Photoshop for a gradient along the path you could create a shape with a gradient stroke

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That’s good to know, Dave. I’d always assumed that a gradient stroke on a shape would just be an overlay, not along the length, so I never tried it.

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It is just an overlay but if you check align to layer and use an angle gradient – it will centre on the shape.

So for the OP three different techniques each useful in specific situations

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If you want the Gradient to run along the length of the stroke, yo0u can put a Gradient Map layer above an empty layer, and make a Clipping Mask. Then stroke your path with the Brush in the empty layer using the default black and white Foreground and Background colors, and in the Brush panel, under Color Dynamics, set the Foreground Background Jitter control to fade. The value to use depends on the length of your path, and may take some tweaking to get it just right.

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I’m new to CC. How do I get a brush stoke that fades out. I need that when I’m adding shadows etc. to a

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In the brush panel under Size Jitter set the Control to Fade. The amount depends on brush size, and brush spacing.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

Under Transfer, set Opacity to Fade with the same amount

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

You can add some Colour Dynamics by setting Foreground / Background to fade. Notice that I have used to a lower value here, so that we get so solid yellow in the stroke. If Opacity Fade was turned off, then you would not need to do this. Have a play. One thing I can remember tripping me up when I first started experimenting with the brush engine is that you need to leave the jitter sliders at zero. Setting it anything else adds a random factor to the stroke.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

Is there any option to force the gradient/fill in the stroke along the path? Or you have to use some other option to achieve same effect?

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

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You can stoke the path twice. Doing it to different layers allows blending ajustment. The top layer version must be stroked with smaller brush. It can have fuzzy edges or that layer can be blurred.

Here’s an example after the first stroke with brush:

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

This is after second stroke, the opacity is reduced for more subtle effect and the brush has Hardness=0.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

A bright highlight is added with a narrower third stroke:

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

Now the first stroke seems to be a little too wide. But no problem, it can be deleted and a new can be inserted with a little smaller brush to the same layer:

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

If its width is right, then one can let it be and adjust the opacities of the whites, the upper white is blurred:

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

Here’s another method. Draw a Shape with the pen tool, set the fill to none, apply a thick stroke.

Apply an inner glow layer style like this

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

To do this in Photoshop you’ll want to use the Mixer Brush tool. I previously made a tutorial on this you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AELf9E-OdY

Essentially for the gradient you want you’ll make a “palette” being a small circle of the gradient using “Reflected” style on the gradient.

Then sample that with the color mixer brush as close to center as possible.

Then when you go to stroke your path change from Brush to Mixer Brush

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

Just because of seeing the other answers, the reason I’m recommending this method is because it works with actual gradients where the others are using outside shadows/glows. For a simple gradient that may be sufficient but when the question is how to do a gradient along a path you may one day need a more complex gradient which this allows for:

You can fill the inside of a selection, path, or layer with a color or pattern. You can also add color to the outline of a selection or path, called stroking.

The Paint Bucket tool fills adjacent pixels that are similar in color value to the pixels you click.

The Paint Bucket tool cannot be used with images in Bitmap mode.

Select the Paint Bucket tool .

The Paint Bucket tool is grouped with the Gradient tool in the toolbar. If you can’t find the Paint Bucket tool, click and hold the Gradient tool to access it.

Specify a blending mode and opacity for the paint. (See Blending modes.)

The tolerance defines how similar in color a pixel must be (to the pixel you click) to be filled. Values can range from 0 to 255. A low tolerance fills pixels within a range of color values very similar to the pixel you click. A high tolerance fills pixels within a broader range.

If you’re working on a layer and don’t want to fill transparent areas, make sure that the layer’s transparency is locked in the Layers panel. (See Lock layers.)

Foreground Color, Background Color, Black, 50% Gray, or White

Fills the selection with the specified color.

If you fill a CMYK image using the Black option, Photoshop fills all the channels with 100% black. This may result in more ink than is allowable by the printer. For best results when filling a CMYK image, use the Foreground option with the foreground color set to an appropriate black.

Fills with a color you select from the Color Picker.

Specify the blending mode and opacity for the paint. (See Blending modes.)

To apply a foreground color fill only to the areas that contain pixels, press Alt+Shift+Backspace (Windows) or Option+Shift+Delete (Mac OS). This preserves the transparency of the layer. To apply a background color fill only to the areas that contain pixels, press Ctrl+Shift+Backspace (Windows) or Command+Shift+Delete (Mac OS).

For information about the Edit > Content-Aware Fill option introduced in Photoshop CC 20.0 (October 2018 release), see Content-Aware Fill.

On the Background layer, press Delete or Backspace to quickly access the Fill dialog box.

Seamlessly fills the selection with similar image content nearby. For the best results, create a selection that extends slightly into the area you want to replicate. (A quick lasso or marquee selection is often sufficient.)

Content-aware fills randomly synthesize similar image content. If you don’t like your original results, choose Edit > Undo, and apply another content-aware fill.

(Enabled by default) Algorithmically blends the color of the fill with the surrounding color

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshopContent-aware fill with Color Adaptation

Click the inverted arrow next to the pattern sample, and select a pattern from the pop‑up panel. You can load additional patterns using the pop‑up panel menu. Select the name of a library of patterns, or choose Load Patterns and navigate to the folder containing the patterns you want to use.

You can also apply any one of the included Scripted Patterns to easily create a variety of geometric fill patterns. Select Scripted Patterns at the bottom of the fill dialog box, and then choose a fill pattern from the Script pop-up menu.

If Pattern is dimmed, you need to load a pattern library prior to making a selection. (See Manage pattern libraries and presets.)

Restores the selected area to the source state or snapshot set in the History panel.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshopContent-aware fill

A. Create selection that extends slightly into area you want to replicate. B. Seamlessly replace selection with Content-aware fill.

The work canvas surrounds the image area. You can fill the canvas with a different color that contrasts better with a given image.

Right-click the work canvas, and choose Gray, Black, or Custom. (To specify the custom color, choose Select Custom Color.)

You can use the Stroke command to paint a colored border around a selection, path, or layer. When you create a border this way, it becomes a rasterized part of the current layer.

To create shape or layer borders that can be turned on or off like overlays and are anti-aliased to create softer-edged corners and edges, use the Stroke layer effect instead of the Stroke command. See Layer effects and styles.

Photoshop tutorial: how to stroke borders in Photoshop with metal effects

A metal effect can be full of complex reflections, which could make difficult to distinguish the borders of the main shapes.

That’s why Photoshop stroke effect may come in handy. Using stroke in your layer style allows you to remark the border of a metallic style.

Adding stroke effects in Photoshop as part of your custom layer style is very easy. Just select the "Stroke" tab from your Photoshop layer style options, at the end of the effect list.

You can adjust the color of the stroke, as well as the blending mode and opacity, which really gives you a lot of choices to define the border of your custom style.

If you want to create just a subtle remark of the metallic border, use these stroke configuration settings:

  • Stroke inside the border of your piece of metal, so you won’t alter the edges of your original shape.
  • Use some transparency with the stroke, so it will blend with the current metal effect.
  • Set the Photoshop blending mode of the stroke effect to multiply to darken the edges.
  • Choose a middle gray as stroke color, as it will blend seamlessly with most metals.

Now let’s see some tricks to use a metal gradient as the border stroke.

Use Photoshop stroke effect to remark the borders of pieces of metal in a subtle way.

Enable stroke inside Photoshop layer style.

Configure these stroke values for a subtle metal border remark.

Photoshop stroke effect: tips to create metal borders with gradients

You can change the Fill Type inside the stroke options. Selecting a gradient as the stroke fill type you will be able to create a border with intense reflection effects, that will match the very style of the inner metal.

You don’t have to create a metal-looking gradient by hand. An easy trick is to take advantage of some useful predefined gradients to create a new metal-looking border. Enable the Photoshop Metals gradient preset by clicking on the drop down arrow, then on the right-pointing arrow, and then selecting "Metals".

My favourite gradient from all the Metals preset is the so called "Silver", as it seamlessly blends with most chrome styles. You just need to tweak the direction of the gradient to make it coherent with your main light sources.

If you really want to create a strong metal border, select a thick stroke size, with full opacity, and place it outside the edge of the shape.

Another interesting use of the stroke effect is to embed the metal shape in the background. The trick is to use a metal gradient with Inverse gradient direction respect of the main shading direction. That’s the way to create a 3D effect and make the main piece of metal encased in the border, thanks to the stroke depth effect of the opposing gradients.

Congratulations! You have learnt all the techniques to create your custom metal style. Now let’s save the Photoshop layer style to use it whenever you need it.

Open the Photoshop metal gradients collection: they are very useful to stroke your borders with a metallic effect.

The silver gradient effect works great as a border stroke. Increase the stroke width if you want to remark the borders even more.

Use an outer stroke to embed the piece of metal in the background. Use a gradient with opposite light source direction too.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

If you haven’t noticed yet, gradient effects are everywhere, from a web button to logos and posters. It’s a simple effect to create and the result can be sophisticated.

Want to make a gradient background or applying a gradient effect to your stunning design? You can create beautiful color blends or add gradients to manipulate images. In this tutorial, you’ll learn where to find and how to use the Gradient tool in Photoshop.

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3 Ways to Find the Gradient Tool

Note: All screenshots are taken from Adobe Photoshop CC 2021 Mac version. Windows or other versions van look different.

You can find the Gradient Tool from the toolbar, Layers panel, or open the Gradients panel from the top menu.

1. Toolbar

If you don’t see the Gradient Tool in the toolbar, usually, it’s in the same menu as the Paint Bucket Tool. You can click on the Paint Bucket Tool icon, the submenu will show and you’ll find the Gradient Tool. You can also hit the keyboard shortcut G to activate it.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

2. Layers Panel

From the Layers panel, you can add a gradient fill, or add a layer style to make the gradient effect.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

You can also add a Gradient Overlay to your layer.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

3. Open Gradients Panel

You can open the Gradients panel from the top menu Window > Gradients. It will appear on the right side of your Photoshop document.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

Now that you found the gradient tool, ready for the practical part?

How to Use the Gradient Tool (2 Steps)

There are different ways to apply gradients in Photoshop. You can fill a layer or shape with a gradient or you can add a gradient layer to manipulate images.

Let’s begin with the basics, filling a background layer with gradient colors.

Step 1: Select the Gradient Tool from the toolbar and select a gradient from the Gradients panel. There are many preset gradients that you can use. You can also create your own gradients, click on the gradient box on the top toolbar.

The Gradient Editor window will show. Double click on the small square slider handle to change the color.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

If you want to adjust the color area, you can move the slider to show different effects or click on the square and drag to add more colors to the gradient.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

Step 2: Click and drag on the canvas and it’ll be filled with the gradient you selected.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

The direction you click and drag will be the direction of the gradient.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

If you want to leave the background untouched, you can add a gradient layer on top to color it.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

When you add a Gradient Fill layer from the Layers panel, the Gradient Fill window will show, you can click on the gradient box to change the colors.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

You can also adjust other settings like gradient style, angle, etc.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

That’s it, basically, it only takes you two steps.

How about adding a gradient to a shape? For example. I want to add a gradient to this circle shape. The easiest way to do it is by adding a Gradient Overlay.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

Step 1: Select the shape layer, click on the fx icon and add a layer style (Gradient Overlay).

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

Step 2: A Layer Style window will show, click on the gradient box to open the gradient editor, select a gradient, adjust the settings if needed, and click OK.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

If you want to edit the gradient, simply double-click on the Gradient Overlay effect under the shape layer to edit it.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

You can use the same method to apply the gradient effect to text.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

Conclusion

The gradient tool is easy to find and easy to use in Photoshop. If you are filling a background, using the Gradient tool from the toolbar or add a gradient fill layer are the quick options. On the other hand, adding a gradient overlay layer style works best for texts and objects.

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In this photoshop tutorial, we’ll learn to create a stylish gradient outline surrounding your text. This is a nice touch to use for any website or graphic design project.

1. Open a new document in Photoshop that is the size that you want to use for your text.
2. Select the Type Tool and type out the text that you want.

3. Open the Layer Styles for the text layer that you just created.
4. Goto the “Stroke” section of the layer styles.
5. Change the Size to 5 pt for a good thick size outline.
6. Click the “Fill Type” dropdown box and select “Gradient”.

7. When the Gradient options appear, you will click on the Gradient image to open the Gradient Editor.

8. In the Gradient Editor, create the gradient that you want to use. In this tutorial, I went with a simple light green color to white to light green. In order to go with the dark green text I used.

9. Click OK and your “Stroke” properties should look like the following:

10. Keep the Layer Styles open and goto the “Drop Shadow” section. Add a simple shadow to give the text something extra.

11. Click OK and you should have your outline gradient text effect.

12. You can add more text later to give the same effect. You will have to do the text separately. If you apply this technique to text that is on the same layer, then the effect will span across all the text that is on separate lines and it won’t work. So create a new layer for new text that you want to apply this effect. Good luck!

Photoshop allows you to make a gradual transition between two or more colors by using the Gradient Tool. A gradient can be applied to any selected area of an image or background. If no area is selected, the gradient will be applied to the entire layer. Photoshop offers many patterns for the gradient to follow, or you can create your own pattern. This document shows you how to apply a preset gradient.

Fill an area with a gradient by clicking and dragging in the image. The starting and ending points affect the gradient appearance in different ways, depending on the Gradient Tool used.

NOTE: The Gradient Tool will not work in Bitmap or Indexed Color modes.

Select the area you wish to apply the gradient to.

From the Toolbox, select the Gradient Tool.
NOTE:If the gradient tool is not visible, click and hold the mouse over the Paint Bucket Tool.
The Gradient Tool Options toolbar appears near the top of your screen.

On the Gradient Tool Options toolbar, from the Gradient Options pull-down list, select a gradient fill option.

From the Preset Tools section, select a gradient fill.

On the Gradient Tool Options toolbar, select one of the following:

Linear Gradient

Creates a gradient which spans from one side to the other side of the layer or selection. Follows the direction of the mouse path.

Radial Gradient

Creates a circular gradient based on the center point and radius that you specify by dragging the mouse. The outermost color in the gradient expands across the entire layer or selection.

Angle Gradient

Creates a gradient from one point to another along an angled line.

Reflected Gradient

Creates a gradient reflected from the center; design is reflected either vertically or horizontally.

Diamond Gradient

Creates a gradient extending from the center point in a diamond shape.

(Optional) In the Gradient Tool Options toolbar, from the Mode pull-down list, select a mode.

(Optional) Adjust the Opacity slider bar until you reach the desired opacity setting.

(Optional) To reduce the appearance of stripes in the gradient, select Dither.
NOTES:
For some gradients and color combinations, the dither feature will not change anything.
A preview of your gradient appears on the Gradient Tool Options toolbar.

On your image, position the pointer where you would like the gradient to begin.

Click and drag over the image in the direction you would like the gradient to follow.

Release the mouse button.
The gradient is applied to the entire layer.

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In the brush panel under Size Jitter set the Control to Fade. The amount depends on brush size, and brush spacing.

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

Under Transfer, set Opacity to Fade with the same amount

How to add a gradient to a stroke in photoshop

You can add some Colour Dynamics by setting Foreground / Background to fade. Notice that I have used to a lower value here, so that we get so solid yellow in the stroke. If Opacity Fade was turned off, then you would not need to do this. Have a play. One thing I can remember tripping me up when I first started experimenting with the brush engine is that you need to leave the jitter sliders at zero. Setting it anything else adds a random factor to the stroke.