The toolbar for the gradient editor contains commands to edit and save the gradient:
- The New button creates a new fractal from scratch. To create a new gradient, click New on the File menu and then click Gradient. To duplicate the existing gradient, click Duplicate on the File menu.
- The Open and Browse buttons open files from disk.
- The Save button saves the gradient to disk. See Opening and saving gradients.
- The Undo and Redo buttons can undo and redo changes to the gradient.
- The Copy and Paste buttons copy gradients to and from the Clipboard. This is useful for copying gradients between layers or between fractals.
- The Fractal button activates the fractal window that owns the gradient editor. This button is not available with stand-alone gradient editors. Together with the Gradient button next to it, you use these buttons to switch back and forth between the fractal window and the gradient editor.
- The Select Color, Randomize Color, and Eyedropper buttons change the color of the selected control point. See Editing gradients.
- The Insert button adds a new control point. The Delete button removes the selected control point.
- The Link Color and Opacity button links and unlinks the color and opacity parts of the gradient. See Transparent gradients.
- The Smooth Curves button controls how curves between control points are interpolated: linearly or smoothly.
The commands on the toolbar are duplicated on the File, Edit and Gradient pull-down menus. Frequently used commands are also on the menu that pops up when you right-click inside the gradient editor.
Next: How gradients work
Keyboard shortcuts for gradient editors