Variation 5: Text with gradients
10. Spiral Clockwise
. This is a beautiful variation of the angle gradient where the fill pattern
provides an alternate back-to-back gradual blend between two alternate colors, radiating in a spiral from the center
where the starting position is. This gradient pattern is available in Gimp but not Photoshop. Since the spiral
pattern repeats indefinitely, radiating from the starting position, the repeat methods yield identical results.
A starting angle can be specified to initiate the spiral pattern in the clockwise direction.
To see the spiral gradient in action, click on either one of the following eyedropper tool to
choose your gradient color. To choose an arbitrary angle 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). Because of the geometric nature
of the spiral, all methods yield the same result in this gradient style.
An optional visual guide can be selected to see a complete period of the spiral gradient fill pattern.
A short line connecting the center of the circle and the pinhead of the needle indicates the starting angle of
the spiral pattern.
Spiral gradients also work great on multi-colored gradients. The list box shown on the right contains eight multi-colored
gradients that you can find either in Photoshop or Gimp or readily available elsewhere on the Internet. Following is
an example of a background texture with a few basic colors in spiral gradient patterns.