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I gradients are a tool that beginners often ignorant of graphics tend to neglect because “difficult“. In reality, the gradients are a part fundamental graphics software, without it would be more complex to create shades and glows. In this article we have fun playing with some of the gradients default Gimp, we will see that they are simple to use and can help us to create simple, but effective effects.

Here are some pre-defined gradients of Gimp. It is enough to set the gradient mode of “Radial“.


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TheJoe · 9 March 2013 at 6:52 PM

Ciao Rosanna,
excuse but with the arbitrary rotation or with the tool rotates do an extra step… is no longer simple drag from point “A” Start nuance, point “B” di fine sfumatura?

rosanna costabile · 14 December 2012 at 2:47 AM

I will do a more simple stuff: fill with the gradient, a new layer and then rotate it at will, by going to Layer / Transform / ARBITRARY ROTATION :-)…. or more concisely, clicco sullo strumento RUOTA 🙂 ciao belli

TheJoe · 21 May 2012 at 7:48 PM

Hello Ivo, and thanks for the comment.
Unfortunately, I realize that this article is very skimpy, I did it in a hurry and I did not think much to the final content. So I feel obliged to give you a hand now. 🙂
If you need to create a gradient with Gimp the easiest thing is to use the tool “Gradient”, in the toolbar of the Gimp (awards “The” on your keyboard).
The main action of the instrument “Gradient” is to create a gradient using the colors set the foreground and background (default black and white).
To use the tool you must point your mouse at a point worksheet, drag the mouse (displays a segment) and release at the point where you want the gradient to end.
You can give the direction that you think, pressing “Ctrl” while dragging will be channeled into main grades from the base of the sheet (180, 30, 60, 90).
To use the different gradients that you find in the tab “Gradients” use the same tool, but in the settings of the instrument itself choose another gradient.
Perhaps this information is too many and difficult to understand without screenshots, these days I hope to supplement Article.
Let me know if there is anything you do not understand.

ivoermejo · 21 May 2012 at 2:26 PM

Since you seem quite the expert on gradients, I can not create gradients vertical and oblique. In the sense that the default Gimp offers horizontal gradients but do not know how to rotate them. Sai darmi una mano ?

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