How to Use the Gradient Tool in Affinity Photo for iPad

If you’re looking to create beautiful, professional-looking images with Affinity Photo for iPad, you need to know how to use the gradient tool. This powerful tool lets you create stunning gradients in your photos with just a few taps.

In this blog post, we will provide an introduction to the gradient tool, how to use this tool to create and modify gradient edits as well as how to create a Bitmap Fill in Affinity Photo for iPad.

What is the Gradient tool in Affinity Photo iPad?

Before we start answering this question, let’s delve into the definition of gradient. Gradients basically refer to the gradual change in colours. In Affinity Photo for iPad, there are different fill types of gradients, two of which are linear and radial gradients. The former uses a line segment to define the direction of colour change while the latter employs a circular or elliptical gradient.

With this tool, you can easily add color and depth to your images with just a few taps.

You can use the Gradient tool to apply and modify gradient colors on various types of layers, such as pixel, fill, adjustment, live filter, mask, and vector and text layers. You may also apply bitmap fills to a particular layer.

In Affinity Photo for iPad, the gradient tool is located in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen.

There are many different ways that you can use the gradient tool in Affinity Photo for iPad. For example, you can use it to add a subtle touch of color to your photos, or you can use it to create bold and vibrant gradients. The possibilities are endless!

Gradient Tool settings

From the context toolbar, you may adjust the following aspects of the Gradient tool:

  • Apply to Fill- When this checkbox is selected, the fill becomes a gradient.
  • Apply to Stroke– Enabling this option applies a gradient to the object stroke.
  • Type– The gradient’s colour type is converted.
  • Rotate– The gradient is rotated for 90°.
  • Reverse– This setting will flip the gradient.
  • Aspect– If this option is disabled, the end stops can be adjusted separately altering the aspect ratio. The end stops are set to lock. This setting only affects the Elliptical and Bitmap fills.
  • Constrain– Fill size and aspect ratio are affected by the on-screen (on-screen modifier key) constraint.
  • Move Fill– If you hold down Option (on-screen modifier key) while dragging the gradient handle, rather than moving the end points, the whole gradient path is re-positioned.
  • Ignore Snapping– Snapping of stops to object centre, corners, or on the outline is temporarily prevented by the (on-screen modifier key) for a certain period of time.
How to Use the Gradient Tool in Affinity Photo for iPad

In the next section, we will show you how to use the gradient tool in Affinity Photo for iPad. We will also provide some tips and tricks on how to get the most out of this powerful tool.

How do you create a gradient in Affinity Photo on iPad photos?

Applying a gradient in Affinity Photo for iPad is very easy.

To use the gradient tool follow these steps one after the other.

First, you should create a pixel layer or a vector layer to work ahead of the project.

Next, go to Photo Persona. From here, choose the Gradient Tool to begin drawing the gradient.

The context toolbar will appear at the bottom of the screen, you can choose an appropriate fill type from the Type menu of the Gradient Tool.

The most important step is this, keep the cursor on the location where you want to apply the gradient and drag the cursor throughout the content to apply the gradient.

Now, you can use your thumb or any finger to adjust the angle of the gradient path to 45 degrees.

That’s it! You have successfully added a gradient path to your project on iPad.

There are many different ways that you can use the gradient tool in Affinity Photo for iPad. Next, let’s have a look at how you can modify a gradient.

How to modify a gradient in Affinity Photo iPad?

It is very easy to modify a gradient in Affinity Photo for iPad. You can use the same tool that you used to create the gradient.

To modify a gradient, follow these steps:

First, select the gradient path that contains the gradient that you want to add a stop to and tap on it.

Next, you can tap on a stop to select it. If you had selected the stop correctly, that specific stop will appear larger than all the other available stops.

If you want to reposition a stop, drag it along the gradient path. Affinity Photo iPad provides the facility to reposition the end stop as well. You can do it by dragging or extending the gradient’s length. You can also change the angle of the gradient by dragging it on the path.

To adjust the midpoint between two colours simply drag a midpoint marker to adjust the way the colours are spread across.

In order to apply a colour to a specific stop, choose a colour from the Colour Studio to integrate it.

How to create a Bitmap Fill?

Bitmap fills are created in Affinity Photo for iPad using the Ellipse or the Rectangle Tool.

Select a pixel or a vector layer and choose the Gradient Tool to begin the Bitmap Fill editing.

Choose Bitmap from the Type menu in the Context Toolbar.

How to Use the Gradient Tool in Affinity Photo for iPad: Bitmap Fill

A new dialog box will appear to let you choose a fill as Bitmap Fill for further editing.

Here, you can do some basic editing such as scaling, rotating by either dragging or tapping, and dragging the canvas or the axis nodes respectively.

If you want to reposition the gradient, choose the middle node to tap and drag to accomplish repositioning.

That’s all about creating a Bitmap Fill in Affinity Photo for iPad.

Conclusion

We hope that you found this blog post helpful. Affinity Photo for iPad is a great app with many powerful features. The gradient tool is just one of the many tools that you can use to edit your photos. With a little practice, you will be able to master this tool and use it to create stunning results. We discussed the how to create and edit a gradient as well as the ways to create a Bitmap fill.

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