Just found an extremely useful
way of editing complex gradients. Try it out NOW. You will love it.
Estimated reading time 3 min
Insert a shape. Select It – Drawing Tools tab – Shape Fill dropdown – Gradient Fill – More Gradients.
Now the dialog opens. (This will work 2010 onwards).
The gradient is basically a horizontal line with multiple STOPS. If you use the Preset Gradients, there will be three stops. Each stop can be a different color. Up to TEN stops are allowed.
Complex gradients have multiple stops
If you have multiple stops, the available area is not enough to manipulate them.
The solution is to resize the width of the pane (the window which appears on right side).
This is much better. But the adjustments are done by dragging each stop with mouse.
For finer adjustments, Mouse is not very useful. It is difficult to control the mouse drag movement.
Due to this, lot of trial and error may be required to get a perfect gradient.
I just found a brilliant but extremely simple way to do these finer adjustments.
The picture I have shown above (the blue disc) was created using this technique.
First click on any color stop. Now leave the mouse aside.
You can navigate between each color stop by using the left and right arrow keys.
And to do extremely fine adjustment just use the Up and Down arrow keys.
It gives extremely refined control for adjustments. Even if you have two stops which are very near each other, you don’t have to worry. Just navigate to the right stop and use up /down keys.
It was an amazing experience. So I wanted to share it with all of you.
This was the gradient used to create the disc above. There is a black stop behind the blue stop. You cannot see it. But you can still manipulate it. That is the beauty of this approach.
Try it out and let me know if you like it.