Gradients are very important part of the Adobe Photoshop software. Using Gradients you can get a very beautiful illusion of depth in the designs. Photoshop incorporates gradient tool which is very simple to use and yet powerful. Mastering gradients can be tricky or just say hard for a beginner. Good thing is that there are many designers who are willing to give away gradients designed by them created during their projects for free. Enjoy.
If you are confused between layer styles(.ASL) and gradients (.GRD) , then one of the simple explanation is layer styles are made from gradients with a series of settings. Gradients are made within Photoshop by using gradient editor tool. Gradients can be applied as many times in a single layer as needed, which makes it more function-able unlike layer styles.
In this article we have complied a list of free Photoshop gradient sets, feel free to share in your comments below. Also credit the designer if you have used any of these beautiful gradients as an appreciation of their hard work.
Ok, if you are a newbie you will be looking forward to install these .GRD files which you have downloaded. It will be simply best to copy them to the Photoshop presets folder. If your Photoshop CS5 version is 32 bit then its here “C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Presets\Gradients” , if its 64bit version paste it here “C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64 Bit)\Presets\Gradients” .
Where to find Gradient Tool?
The below image shows this clearly or just use keyword ” G ” to bring up the tool. Oh and setting blend mode in gradient tool from normal to color will be the best option for adding coloring in your photos. ( just my opinion)
40 Modern Gradients
The preview features the same flame (made using my Squared script) with each of the gradients applied. This pack contains 40 gradients.
110 Ultimate Gradients Pack
This is the Ultimate Gradient Pack #1, the first set contains 110 gradients that are all grey. These gradients can be used to create anything metal, chrome or silver related.
15 Realistic Sky Photoshop Gradients
This set contains 15 precise gradients that mimic the sky from morning to night. These gradients can be used to change the sky in photos or to create your own.
130 Ultimate Web 2.0 Gradients
Here are some cool set of Gradients put together in an Adobe Photoshop Gradient file (.grd). These gradients are fully scalable, what i mean here is its not an image or so.. just create a shape and apply the gradient.
75 Vintage Photoshop Gradients
Here are some 75 Photoshop Gradients for the vintage, paper, fire, frame, rust, text works, autumn landscape themes, etc..ES Vintage.grd file and preview in zip, Use for commercial or personal artworks free.
54 Apple Gradients
NCreative 3520 PS Gradients
A large collection of gradients (around 3520) collected from all over the place and created. They are a little unsorted but with no duplicates/ones.
16 Chocolate Gradients
You can free use in your work.
20 Vintage Gradients
Here’s a batch of twenty of my gradients you can use for post-work on photography and such.
140 Ocean Breeze Gradients
Photoshop gradients for ocean themes. Using for personal and-or business arts-works free.
75 Modern Photoshop Gradients
iPhone Gradation Set
126 Skin Tones Gradients
Brown and orange skin tones which can be useful for photo manipulation.
8 Green Gradients
20 soft green gradients
Ultimate Green Gradients Pack
This set contains 110 gradients that are made up of bright green and dark green colours. These gradients can become very useful when creating objects that reflect light or need a fill with shadow.
63 Red-Pink Photoshop Gradients
Red Photoshop Gradients
Black Photoshop Gradients
Golden Metal Gradients
Sabor’s Metal Gradients Pack
The pack contains 12 graidents.
30 Original gradients set
Contains 30 grd items and Commercial usage is Allowed.