Creating Gradients with the Gradient Fill Tool in PaintShop Pro X9

Creating Gradients with the Gradient Fill Tool in PaintShop Pro X9

By Discovery Center Team

Make a smooth transition to an easier way of adjusting gradients with PaintShop Pro’s Gradient Fill Tool. Save time by dropping a gradient directly onto an image, shape or canvas–reserving the Materials Palette for more advanced jobs. Simply drag and drop color swatches and move nodes on the Gradient Fill tool to alter gradients to your liking.

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Comments (9)

  • Christopher Mullen Reply

    I am unable to get the transparency function to work. As I move the transparency bar to the left, it just makes the picture turn to checkered spaces. How do I fix this? Thanks, CM

    January 6, 2019 at 12:57 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Christopher,

      Not to worry, that is transparency! If there is nothing else behind it, PaintShop Pro displays a transparent region as a black and white checkered texture to make it clear where the transparent region is. This is a fairly standard practice in photo editing, but we have all seen situations where it doesn’t work as well as it could. In these situations, I will often add a solid colour layer below my transparency that contrasts my image. I’m a bit of a traditionalist, so I tend to use green or blue since I’m creating something that looks very similar to a pre-editing green screen effect.

      Hope this helps!
      Adam, Discovery Center Team

      January 7, 2019 at 6:24 pm
  • John Reed Reply

    In Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 I could never get the gradient tool to work for me. By contrast the Adobe Photoshop gradient tool is very easy to use. The tutorial here is a bit hard to follow, partially because she is talking rapidly, softly, and with a pronounced British accent. But otherwise the whole procedure looks very involved. However my main problem with Paint Shop Pro 2018 Ultimate is that I do not have a gradient tool. Or at least it’s not visible. I have Flood Fill and Color Changer only. I would like to use that tool on every image I edit — nothing complicated, just adding vignetting. I would hope it would be simple. Where is the tool? Thank you.

    July 29, 2018 at 7:44 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello John,

      Thanks for the feedback! Are you in the Essentials workspace? This is a workspace new in PaintShop Pro 2018 that hides the more advanced features of the workspace, to make the program more accessible and less overwhelming to new users. You can switch to the Complete interface by using the File > Workspace menu, which will bring back all the tools you are looking for – Gradient Tool included!

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      July 31, 2018 at 1:00 am
  • Christopher Clarke Reply

    Your tutorials are excellent. The only trouble I have with them is that they are only in video format and my brain can’t absorb the information sufficiently enough to put them in practice, unless I tediously keep going back to them them while I work. A tutorial that I can download and read or use as reference has far more value to me. You used to offer written copies of your tutorials; why would you not continue that practice?
    I am at an impasse with many of the new features such as working with Harmonies and Gradients that the video doesn’t help.

    April 20, 2017 at 1:22 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Christopher,

      Thank you for the feedback! We gradually shifted to more video tutorials over written ones due to greater demand, as our video tutorials do receive many more visitors than our written tutorials. That said, while we do not currently have a written tutorial on Gradient Fills, we do know everyone learns differently, and are working on written instructions to go along with as many of our video tutorials as possible.

      All the best,
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      April 21, 2017 at 9:29 pm
      • Alex1940 Reply

        I appreciate the tutorials and also found that I needed to come back to see the video several times, my solution was to make rough notes just scribbles if you like about what to do, this aided me tremendously and if I think I might need them again I slowly go back through the process and improve my notes . I find that this helps me learn the program both quicker and more completely.

        April 26, 2017 at 5:25 pm


    January 24, 2017 at 2:51 am
  • David Reply

    I thought I knew what I needed to know about the gradient tool but was not aware of the gradient line which opens up new possibilities for me. Glasd I decided to watch this tutorial.

    September 28, 2016 at 2:17 pm

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