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Hi guys,

 

I have created a color gradient in a layer fx (see image) - now I want to copy that gradient somehow or ideally make it a swatch/global gradient. But I don't see how.

 

 

Thanks in advance,

Stefan.

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Hi MEB,

 

thanks a lot for your fast reply. And yes, I would like to see it in the feature request section. 

 

I mean, a color is very easy to copy (#HEX value) ... but gradients which a "complicated" are a pain to copy. 

 

 

Thanks,

Stefan.


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I mean, a color is very easy to copy (#HEX value) ... but gradients which a "complicated" are a pain to copy.

 

Having applied a "complicated" gradient to an object, can't you simply copy that object and 'Paste Style' to apply the same fill to other objects? Or add a new style to the Styles panel?


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Hi Alfred,

Not necessarily, because that will copy all the FX effects to the style/object (the gradient was created as a Gradient Overlay effect in the Layer Effects panel, not as a regular Fill). If I understood correctly Stefan wants to save the gradient as a colour swatch from that panel. Copying the FX also has the disadvantage of forcing the rasterisation of the layer the effect will be pasted on.

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Stefan wants to save the gradient as a colour swatch from that panel.

Exactly.

 

I created a gradient in a layer fx (gradient overlay). That gradient I want to "extract / re-use as a fill in other objects which have their own (different) layer fx. So a swatch would be the solution here. 


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I understand now! My thanks to both of you.


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It may not be as fast as just copying the gradient, but you still have all of the values there in that screenshot you provided. And so, you can transfer everything over to the color indicator on the context toolbar. Once you do that, you can save your selected color as a swatch. In the Effects panel, click on each gradient color separately, and copy the values such as position, opacity, and so on. While you are in the Gradient Overlay tab, does clicking on the Colour indicator show a code value for that color? If so, then everything is transferable. You shouldn't have to line everything back up and track down the exact color.


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Thanks bleduc.

 

I know I have all the provided values. I copied all #HEX values of each gradient color and tweaked the positions of the colors of the new gradient as well. It just took a while. :) And I think it was much faster to copy the #HEX value directly into the appropriate color of the new gradient fill, instead of taking an indirect way via swatches.   


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Well I'm glad your problem is solved. I hope this request can be added.


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