Variation 5: Text with gradients
Gradients create a seamless gradual blend between multiple colors. Photoshop version 7 supports five different styles
of gradients: linear, radial, angle, reflected, and diamond.
Gimp version 2 supports seven different styles of gradients:
linear, bi-linear (reflected), radial, square (Photoshop diamond), conical (Photoshop angle), shaped (including angular,
spherical, or dimpled), and spiral (clockwise an counterclockwise direction).
Gradients can be used as the color of the text surface or as a background. The following illustrations show different
color blending patterns achieved with each gradient style.
. Pixels on each line perpendicular to the direction of the gradient have the same
opacity or transparency. This is the simplest style of gradient which is commonly used to blend from one primary color
To see the linear gradient in action, click on either one of the following eyedropper tool to
choose your gradient color. To choose an arbitrary direction of the gradient, click and drag the needle pin on the wheel
guide to select the gradient angle measured from the 3 o'clock position.
Gimp supports three different methods to repeat a gradient fill: none, sawtooth (abrupt change between alternate
blending colors), and triangle (gradual change between alternate blending colors). This option creates infinite
An optional visual guide can be selected to show the starting and ending position of the gradient fill pattern.
The gradient fill pattern starts from the center of the circle and ends at the pinhead of the needle.