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How can I save gradients to swatch?

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Hi, I'm new using Affinity, but not new using photo editing software. I fell in love with this software, it's really awesome. But I don't know why, I can't save a simple gradient. I was just making a gradient and  then... there's not a single button to save the gradient, there is one who save just one color. 

 

I watched a video looking for an answer and some guy just click outside de gradient controls and then all the gradient appear in the selector color and he was able to add it to swatches, but no matter what I do, I never get the selected color be the whole gradient, it is just selecting one color everytime.

 

 

I attached a screenshot so you can see better what I am talking about.

 

Thanks

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Hi dexod,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

You can only save gradients from vector objects or from a Fill Layer (menu Layer ▸ New Fill Layer) to the swatches panel as those types of objects keep the gradient as an editable attribute. In your screenshot you are applying the gradient to a Pixel layer (see the label between parentheses after the layer's name in the Layers panel) which is baked to the pixel layer as soon as you deselect it.

So try with a Fill Layer (or a vector object) and you shouldn't have issues saving the gradient.

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Hi dexod,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

You can only save gradients from vector objects or from a Fill Layer (menu Layer ▸ New Fill Layer) to the swatches panel as those types of objects keep the gradient as an editable attribute. In your screenshot you are applying the gradient to a Pixel layer (see the label between parentheses after the layer's name in the Layers panel) which is baked to the pixel layer as soon as you deselect it.

So try with a Fill Layer (or a vector object) and you shouldn't have issues saving the gradient.

 

Hi MEB, thanks for the quick responde. Well I create a fill layer, but again, just one color is selected  :mellow:

 

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Ok, do the following:

With the document in the state you have in your last screenshot, zoom out, click somewhere with the Move Tool outside the canvas area to force-deselect the layer, reselect the Fill Layer again and try to save the gradient clicking on the palette icon in the Swatches toolbar. Does it save the gradient?

 

This is definitely buggy here and not working as it should.

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Ok, do the following:

With the document in the state you have in your last screenshot, zoom out, click somewhere with the Move Tool outside the canvas area to force-deselect the layer, reselect the Fill Layer again and try to save the gradient clicking on the palette icon in the Swatches toolbar. Does it save the gradient?

 

This is definitely buggy here and not working as it should.

 

Yes, it save the gradient, it just don't show the gradient color.

 

I made another one and save it.

 

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Also, when I select an old fill layer, is saving the wrong one, is saving the one I made in others documents.

 

Thank you MEB. I really appreciate your help.  :)

 

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I just tried it, 

 

I set a rectangle, filled it with a gradient as you see. I then clicked on the little palette icon and added it to my own palette, called "mine" in swatches,

 

That worked perfectly and I can now add it to anything I draw with one click.

 

You can make up your own gradients first and if you put them in an application palette (maybe called "gradients") in swatches and they will be available whenever you want

 

BTW. It wont work if you have the gradient tool selected!  You have to add it to the swatches with the move tool selecting the graduated rectangle. If not you just get a solid colour.

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Windows PCs. Photo and Designer, latest non-beta versions.

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Now I see what was happening, the problem was that the gradient color doesn't show in the swatches tab, but when I go to the color tab, there it is! And the problem of the gradients saving wrong was because the selected color was another gradient, so I guess it's working fine, BUT it really was confusing, maybe if the selected swatch and selected color work with the same value and show the gradient in the swatches tab, I don't know, something have to be improve.

 

Thanks MEB and toltec.  :)

 

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HELP!!  I must definitely be doing something wrong. I can't save a gradient following the steps above. I'm using Affinity Designer 1.8.4

1. make sure I'm in the move tool

2. make sure my fill layer is over my stroke layer with the gradient selected

3. make sure my object and layer with the gradient are selected

4. hit the add gradient and Nothing happened.

 

if you see the image you will notice that I have other gradients. don't know what happened since the last time I saved one, besides the last update!

 

 

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