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When you apply a Gradient Overlay Layer Style, you can set the color stops at the beginning and end of the gradient. You can change its style, angle, and scale in the Layer Styles dialog box.
But what if you want to move the gradient? For example, on the apple below, we want the radial gradient to have its center point in the upper right, rather than in the middle.
Here’s what you do: when in the Layer Effects dialog, mouse over to your object with the gradient. Notice that your cursor now has little up-down-right-left arrows. Click and drag.
Yup, it’s that easy.
For a long time I thought moving the gradient was just not allowed for some reason. There is no control for it in the Layer Styles dialog. My tutorial book seemed to think it was obvious and missed imparting the mechanism to me. It drove me bonkers for months because I never noticed my mouse changing when I accidentally moused over to the object to which I was applying the Gradient Overlay Layer Style.
Once I figured it out, I never thought about it again until recently a friend was struggling to do the same exact thing. So hopefully this tip saves someone else hours of frustration!
What are some other tricks you’ve come across that are so simple but so important? Leave them below in the comments!