Use the upgraded Gradient tool in Photoshop for enhanced contextual gradient editing.
Adobe has upgraded the Gradient tool in Photoshop by introducing two new options to make gradients more accurate, easier to create and modify, and touch-friendly for its users.
Linear and Perceptual are two new gradient interpolation methods - along with Classic - the existing interpolation method, designed to enhance the user's creative process of creating smoother gradients.
Let's learn more about these three methods.
About: This is the traditional method that uses the cubic interpolation of colors.
Usage: Use this gradient option to work on designs that include gradients created in older versions of Photoshop, as this option helps you retain the same look and feel.
About: This method interpolates the gradient in the OKLab color space.
Usage: Use this option to create natural-looking gradients, like the way natural gradients in the real world are perceived by the human eye.
About: This method interpolates the gradient in the linear color space.
Usage: Similar to Perceptual, this option also closely approximates the way the human eye perceives light in the natural world.
Perceptual is the default selection but you can change this easily to the two other presets.
Any gradients that you draw with the Gradient tool, gradient fills, gradient overlay effects and gradient maps support these new interpolation options.