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Gradient in Gimp (add / edit / use)

Gimp offers a lot of possibilities for editing your own images, so that many great projects can be realized. Creating a color gradient in Gimp is just one of the many options available. With this option, you can not only fill areas and shapes, but also individually selected areas, so that, for example, a gradient can be applied to a lettering in Gimp. In this article we would like to show you how to create a gradient in Gimp and how you can apply it to lettering, for example. Once you understand how to do this, it will be easy for you to apply this to other areas of application as well.

Gimp text gradient. How to do it:

The text thing is such a separate area that doesn’t really need much explanation. If you want to apply a gradient to text in Gimp, you just have to right-click on the layer and select “Select from alpha channel”. This way your selection is set exactly to the shape of your font and you can now work with the gradient.

Step-by-step instructions:

To effectively create and apply gradients in Gimp you will need the following tools:

  • Toolbox
  • Layers
  • Gradients

Create your own gradient:

  • In the gradient window, click on the blank white sheet at the bottom left to create your own gradient. A gradient editor will open
  • With a right click into the gradient you get the possibility to change the “Left endpoint’s color” or the “Right endpoint’s color” if you click on it
  • In the color mask that opens, you can now select any color you want for the respective end point. If you want to create transparency, you just have to set the slider of A to 0 (or your necessary value)
  • In the gradient editor you will find a white triangle at the bottom. You can move this triangle to change the center of the gradient. If you move it closer to one side, the gradient will be faster there. On the other side, however, it will be much slower and finer
  • If you want more than 2 colors in your gradient, right click in the gradient editor and click on “Duplicate Segment”. You now have the choice to create between 2 and 20 segments. By doing this you can create gradients as you like with many different “sub gradients”. To edit individual segments, simply right-click on the white arrow of a segment
  • Finally, give your new gradient a meaningful name and save it using the disk icon

How to use:

The application is very simple. Select the gradient tool and then the gradient of your choice. Drag with the mouse from one endpoint to the other. The points you set signal the extremes of the gradient.

If you want to apply the gradient to text, first right-click on the text layer in the Layers window and choose “Select from alpha channel.” This way Gimp will apply the gradient only to the font and not to the text box itself.

As you can see, using it in Gimp is quite simple and you don’t have to download any gradient first. If you don’t find the right gradients, you can quickly and easily create them yourself. By the way, it is also possible to make a Gimp gradient transparent, which gives great effects. Just try it out. We wish you much success!


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