What is the Gradient tool in Photoshop?
The Gradient tool is a fast way to create gradual changes of color and light across an image. You can use different types of gradients to blend with or overlay other images to create cool backdrops for logo designs, poster art, stylized profile photos, and more. Gradients can help draw focus to a point in your image by creating a glint of light or color that gradually fades into shadow.
Form a circular pattern from starting point to end point, so the gradient fades or intensifies the farther you get from the center.
Create a visible angle as the gradient grows darker or lighter in a counterclockwise sweep around the starting point.
Achieve a mirrored gradient effect by creating linear gradients on either side of the starting point.
The color or shade changes from the middle out to four corners in a diamond or pyramid pattern.
Add a gradient to a shape in Photoshop.
Follow these steps to create a gradient inside of a shape without altering the background.