Gradient Tool "Clear" Blending Mode

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I use the "clear " blending mode alot when using paint brush but I always wondered why there was no such mode for Gradient tool. All the others blending modes are there but not "Clear" for some reason.

I usually have to resort to using a layer mask which I dont want to for a simple erase sometime. Adobe could you perhaps just add Clear to the gradient tool so all the tools have same blending mode options
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Corey

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Is there a reason perhaps why the clear blending mode is on everything but gradient tool? and stamp tool?
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How would clear work on a gradient? You haven't really described the expected behavior of the blend mode. If all you're asking for is to erase parts of the gradient with a brush, that's exactly what a layer mask is for.
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Clear would work the exact same way it does for brushes. It would  clear/erase.  I constantly use to clear to turn my brushes into an eraser with the same texture. But are your saying I minus well use a mask instead when I use my brush too ?

Everyone has different workflows. It doesnt make sense that gradient tool and even stamp tool have every mode but clear.


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Sorry, but it makes perfect sense. The gradient tool is not a brush, so how would you clear it? Are you asking to be able to clear a gradient with another gradient? Again, if you want to use a brush to clear a gradient, that's what layer masks are for. With the way gradient work, there's no way of adding an eraser to the actual gradient. 
With cloning, you're merging pixels when you clone, so there's no way to "erase" that, either. What most of us do if we need an editable clone is to create a blank layer and set the stamp tool to current and below.