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I'm working on a project in which I need to blend a gold color into black, but the part I'm trying to use a gradient on is curved.

When I do a gradient, the bottom of this curve that I want to be black is gold, because it's right below the starting point of the gradient.

So I'm wondering if there's a way to make it so the gradient follows a path down and transitions that way rather than a linear way.

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    did you try using inner glow or other layer style like this to achieve an outline-following gradient then trimming out the unwanted gradient sections? I think this might help – Lucas Flicky Oct 19 '16 at 20:42
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You probably want to use an angle gradient instead of a linear one.

You can do this both as a gradient overlay setting (for layer effects), and as a gradient fill setting (for vector shapes).

It will go around a center and curve, like so:

Effect on layer and style window open

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Thoose kind of gradients are easily done in Vectors using a mesh fill, so you probably can:

  • Import the PSD image as a reference into Ilustrator or Corel.

  • Make your mesh

  • Export that and use it as a fill on your masked shape.

Just an idea.

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You can always use an extremely large brush with the hardness set to zero. Then you can just "paint" your gradient any shape you want. And you can control/command select a layer to make a selection mask that matches your shape.

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    Hello Gregg, welcome to GDSE and thanks for your input. Could you please explain a bit bitter how you'd see such a solution applied? You can edit your answer to give more detail. If you have any questions about GDSE, have a look at the help center or feel free to join us in Graphic Design Chat once your reputation allows you to (20). Keep contributing and enjoy the site! – Vincent Oct 20 '16 at 8:31

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