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I'm a new to graphic design and I'm whipping up a quick icon for an app kinda thing. I created a rounded rectangle shape. Next I need to add a slight gradient to it to make it look neat. I have to do the same with my text layer. How do you add a gradient to an object?

The method I tried was:

  1. Layer options
  2. Convert to pixels
  3. Click to add gradient.

This method adds a gradient to the whole image. What should I really be doing?

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You need to create a selection, then apply the gradient to that.

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Using layer styles you can now add gradients to shapes quite easily. Have your tried doing that?

The guys in have some good tutorials on layer styles.

We have also created a tutorial on layer styles here:


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