Gradient Color In Designing3 min read
Gradient Color In Web and Mobile App Designing
Gradient color have been used before, but now they’re making a comeback in a bigger more fascinating way that ever before. Gradients are currently being used in many ways but the most characteristic, in terms of trends, is their use being extended to secondary elements within the composition, such as hovers, titles, 3D elements, icons and more.
In this blog, I’ll delve into this trend and see how they’re advancing and where they might go in the coming years.
Also, I’ll share free gradient design tools for web designers who don’t wanna code them from scratch.
What Are Gradients?
According to WikiPedia, a color gradient (sometimes called a color cramp or color progression) specifies a range of position-dependent colors, usually used to fill a region. It enables the designer to almost create a new color.
Why Are They Valuable To Designers?
Gradient colors are eye-catching and memorable because they’re colorful and playful and make for visuals we’re not used to seeing, We can use color gradients to create awesome digital and graphic designs. Check Instagram’s Inspirational logo design.
Types of Gradients
These consists of various multicolored gradients with vibrant color palettes and irregular shapes, blur and distortion effects, gradients in silhouettes, 3D mappings among others.
Header Gradient BGs
This is the most common gradient color use you will probably see and is so much easier to create using simple CSS code. A good example is the Phở Devstack
Useful CSS gradients Tools
With these tools, you can simply create your color gradients and copy the CSS code for use in your projects.
- Webgradients – this library contains a massive 180 total gradients with an easy click-to-copy button
- Khroma AI – this self-proclaimed “AI color Tool for designers” is one of the best color gradient tool. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments section below.
- Color Space – one of the free gradient color resources online, has a nice interface with gradients and palettes section.
- UI Gradients – with this, you can chose from several pre-made gradients, add yours and edit , download for further editing, or simply copy CSS code.
- Grabient – this gives you full access to custom gradient backgrounds and their CSS code by simply hovering on a block and copying it’s CSS properties ready for use..
- Coolhue -hosted on GitHub, it features a huge library of gradients with full access to source code and downloadable palettes.
- Easing Gradients – Linear gradients often have hard edges where they start and/or end. We can avoid those by controlling the color mix with easing functions. Click the link to check them out.
- Gradient Buttons.
Awesome Gradients Collection
Here is a collection of some of my best websites with implementation of gradient color in different elements. Click the links to check them out.
- USA Today Redesign
- Gradients Interactions in Mollys Synesthesia
- The Ponto Design Studio
- Synesthesia with Molly
- Magdiel Lopez Portfolio
- One John St
- Make it Driveable Gradient Background
- Meagan Fisher Portfolio
- Playup Vector Elements Gradients
- Hovers and animated elements’ gradients
- Lewis Lopez
- WebGL 3D model in Matter of Mind
- Julie Bonnemoy Portfolio
- Ruya Digital Gradients in Hover and Transitions
- Dot navigation – Adobe Digital Marketing Study
- Stink Studios Gradients
- Interactive Colorful Menu
- Pierre Georges’ portfolio
- Your Majesty Blur Gradient Element
- Filters and Shader Effects
- Stop The Dot Parallax gradient
- Real Future Fair text color gradient.
- We Are Cocoon color gradients in text.
Gradient Color Best Practices
- Don’t overdo it. Create a pleasant gradient –use two colors, and not more than three.
- Avoid conflicting colors.Use a color wheel to easily find analogous, monochromatic, triad, complementary, compound and shade colors.
- Always decide on a light source. This will help you decide which are the lighter and darker areas in the gradient.
- Use a linear gradient for a square or polygonal area.
- Use a radial gradient for round areas.
- Always have separate shapes for the fill color and gradient color. This way, you will be able to apply a gradient over an existing color, playing with opacity to create different effects.
- Work with the opacity to let color blend into fill areas.
If you want to create wonderful color gradient orbs in Illustrator, follow the tutorial here.
Gradients can be an interesting design decision; they help make these fun and exciting designs happen without compromising on the information you are trying to pass. Overall, gradients are not bad – they never were – but a bad choice can degrade the products’ overall design in a lot more negative way than you can imagine. I hope this blog inspired you in your next design endeavors.
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