Elliptical radial gradient overlay in Photoshop CS5


I've found that you can change the aspect ratio of a radial gradient in Illustrator to create an elliptical gradient, how do you achieve the same effect in Photoshop please?

11/18/2011 3:42:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Create the radial gradient on its own layer, whether directly or through the use of a gradient effect, then convert the layer to a Smart Object using Filter > Convert for Smart Filters or Convert to Smart Object from the Layers Panel flyout.

You now have a gradient that you can resize and transform using the Edit > Free Transform as needed. Because it is a Smart Object, the transform is non-destructive, so you can adjust it later if the composition requires it.

If your transformed elliptical gradient needs to fill the whole canvas, make it larger than needed in a separate document, then drag it into your working canvas to give you the most flexibility.

11/19/2011 7:25:00 AM