Color Editor now offers a Gradients tool to help you design four different types of gradients in your warp, weft, or both: Linear, Curved, Fibonacci, and Alternating Stripes. It’s a little mini-Color Editor inside Color Editor, and features some of the same Tools you already know, like Show Lines and the Size slider.
Activate the Gradients Editor
Make sure your color palette is set up in the draft of your choice, and click the Gradients button to activate the tool.
This starts the Gradient editing process.
Select where to place your gradient
After you’ve clicked the Gradients button, you get the following three options:
Select All Warp to create your desired gradient across the whole warp. If you do that, the Gradients popup will come up with “Warp Color Gradients Selection” in the top left to indicate that you are editing the warp, as in the screenshot below.
Select all Weft to create your desired gradient down the whole weft. If you do that, the Gradients popup will come up with “Weft Color Gradients Selection” in the top left to indicate that you are editing the weft, as in the screenshot below.
Click and drag across thread colors to select a gradient range within your draft to just insert a section of gradient in warp and/or weft.
Your inserted gradient section will only appear in the Gradient window after you have selected your Gradient type. Linear is selected in the image below:
Note – you can only work on one Gradient type at a time.
Once you select the Warp, Weft, or a Range of threads in the draft, the Gradients box opens: (in this lesson, All Warp has been selected and that’s noted in the top left corner of the Gradients window.)
Step One: Select Your Gradient Colors
The first step is to Select the first color for your gradient:
- Click on the color in the first row to select it. It will appear in the second row as Color 1.
Notice how the option has now changed to Select second color, and that the first color has been changed to pink, as in the screenshot below.
- Click on your second color choice in the top row. In this case, the cyan (turquoise) has been selected.
Notice now how the cyan is now Color 2 in the second row of colors, and that your option changed to Select first color again – that indicates that both colors have been selected. You can change colors as many times as you like, and try different combinations.
Step Two: Select your Gradient Type
Here’s where the options change depending on which Gradient type you select.
Your next step is to choose which type of Gradient you want to work on – Linear, Curved, Fibonacci, or Alternating Stripes. Choose the radio button that corresponds to the type of gradient you want to create.
Click the Type drawdown arrow to select the option that corresponds to the type of Gradient you’d like to create: