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tutorial was done using PSP X but can also be done in PSP versions
8 and 9. It is intended to serve as a learning tool. We
are going to make a gradient with just 2 colors and save it so
that you may use it when ever you want. The images
on this page are reduced for space.You will need:
Paint Shop Pro - download a trial version here
A good working knowledge of psp materials palette and know how
to work with gradients.
foreground in the materials palette, open up any gradient you want
and then click on the "Edit" tab. (see below)
will bring up another menu. Click on "New". A box will pop
up. This is where you give your new gradient a unique name. Type
in the name you want to call your gradient and then click "OK".
here comes the part you need to understand.
We are making a NEW gradient that we want to keep. You need
to use the "Custom" color palette NOT the "Fore"
and "Back" palette. And we want this gradient to be
a solid color, so we want the "Transparency" Opacity set
to 100 The gradient is initially defined with two markers at
0 (zero) and 100 percent.
the sake of learning, please use the colors I have chosen. Once
you learn how to make and save the gradient, use any colors.
once, on the 0% marker located at the left, then click on the
custom color box. This will bring
up a color palette menu. In the HTML color code box enter the color
code #e938fc and then click OK.
left click on the 100% maker at the right, then on the custom color
again and enter the color code #5340fc and click OK.
have your new gradient that should look like the image below.
We are ready to save this gradient. Click on "Close". A message
will come up telling you that your gradient has changed do you want
to save it? Click "Yes" and then click OK.
all there is to it! When you want to use your gradient, it will
be there in your "Gradients" palette under the name you
you save your gradient, you can add more colors by clicking a the
0% or 100% marker and then click anywhere in between those markers
to add an addition marker. Then use your custom color to change
the color of that marker (if you desire). You can repeat this as
many times as you want to add markers and colors. While holding
down the left click and pulling any marker to the left or right,
you can slide the markers to change the appearance of your gradient.
you have already saved the gradient, you can always go back in and
edit the gradient, but DON'T FORGET! if you do not want to change
the existing gradient, click "New"
or you will overwrite your original gradient.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it stimulated
your creative juices. If you have any questions or problems, don't
hesitate to email me.