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Gradients – Can you ever really have enough?

There are very few things in this world that you can never have enough of.

If you happen to be a graphic or print designer, a digital artist, or you just like to mess around in Photoshop as I do, a healthy supply of gradients is definitely one of those things you can never have enough of. Over the years, I’ve accumulated hundreds of them. If you are digitally doodling in Photoshop/Illustrator, Gimp, or any other photo imaging tool and you are yet to discover all the the freely available gradients (and brushes) you can obtain on the net, I do encourage you to check them out. Soon, you’ll wonder what you ever did without them.

But how far can you go with gradients? Is there such a thing as ‘too far’? My own opinion on the matter is that given a decent design, there really isn’t a limit where gradients become overdone like Uncle Jeff’s charcoal BBQ steaks at Christmas time. And I was certainly curious enough to put my theory to the test. So on a recent rainy day, I dedicated some time to creating an image where everything on the canvas is garnished with a gradient of some type. Gradients and nothing else. Just gradients, and a lot of them.

This was the result.

An gradient-heavy image

As you can see if you look hard enough, everything includes a gradient fill. Some fills are obviously subtler than others to create some contrast against the large amount of vibrant colour I used across the image. But there ARE gradients in those white circles, I can assure you. If you’re struggling to see it, a less subtler example is the background.

Provided they are used respectfully, the colours chosen carefully, and you include some basic contrast just like any other image design, there is no amount of gradients that can be considered too much. If you think otherwise, or have some examples that contradict my theory, I would be happy to receive your comments.

In fact, I liked this so much, it will be used as the site banner. At least for a little while.

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