Photoshop: Gradient Meshes

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I use mostly Adobe Products, and I noticed that Illustrator and Photoshop both have different features that could be helpful in the other program.So, to illustrate, I'd like gradient meshes to be implemented into Photoshop. I often wish I could have multiple colours in one gradient, and I sometimes wish it could be a very weird-shaped gradient. Gradient meshes, like in Adobe Illustrator, would be a great addition to Photoshop.
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You can have multiple colors in a gradient in Photoshop -- but it is a gradient along a line (or radial), not a mesh.

Photoshop allows the user to paint, blend, stretch, and filter colors -- unlike Illustrator. So you have more flexibility over your color document in Photoshop and don't have a great need for something like a gradient mesh (which is primarily intended to overcome the limitations of a vector editor).
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It's not exactly the same as the Gradient Mesh Tool in Illustrator, but there's a plugin called Sblended for Photoshop that does a lot of what the Mesh tool does (and some things it can't). A free demo version is available on the Adobe Exchange here:.
https://creative.adobe.com/addons/pro...

Full disclosure, I wrote it.

Here's a shot of the UI showing blending along multiple dimensions at once.
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It's certainly an intriguing gradient generator. A couple of questions. You say CC 2014-2015. No mention of 2017? And is Sblended (Annual) $24 to buy or $24 to rent?
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Hi Cristen. Sblended does indeed work with CC 2017. There is a bug with the Adobe Exchange which is preventing 2017 from being listed as a supported version - noted here: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2242163
Sblended (Annual) is currently $24 per year (≈$2 per month billed annually).
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Thank you. This is something I'll have to look at more closely when I get a bit of free time to test it. I would have settled for PS to adopt AI's Gradient Annotator. I know we can paint with gradients with transparency on separate layers, then mask them to further control the results, but it's difficult to get it right and not at all easy to edit. The video makes creating blended gradients look easy.