No default gradient presets.

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In my new PS subscription I miss the default gradient presets. PS management only offers 2 options: contours and tools, but no gradient. Contact with a real person instead of a robot cannot be found.
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Cristen Gillespie

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You're looking in the old Preset Manager, it seems. Most presets have since had their panels upgraded individually, so everything you need for management  is in each panel. Somewhat confusingly, they have called the old presets we were used to "Legacy" and you can load them from the gradient (or other preset) panel itself using the panel's menu.





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I have a PS subscription since last week. I assume that I have the latest version of PS with the newest management.
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Yes, but are you saying you've looked in the Gradients panel (Window>Gradients), and you can't find Legacy Gradients in that panel's flyout menu? If that's the case, people here will need to know your OS to start troubleshooting why you don't have a complete install. This is what you should see. The gradients that were installed before the switch to the new preset panel system will be called Legacy. Append Default just adds Blues, Purples, Pinks, etc. to the list—in case you removed them using the trashcan at the bottom of the panel, and now want them back.

All management of all presets except Tools and Contours is now done inside the individual preset panels.

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This is what I get to see: text only, no coloured thumpnails.
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You're still in the Preset Manager, which has nothing to do with  Gradients. Tool presets only have Text with tool icon listings. If you open the Gear widget upper right, you'll see you can look at Text Only, or Small List/Large List (which includes the tool icon.

If you look into the gear widget for Contours, you can see a text list view OR a thumbnail view (picture of the contour).

You won't see any colored thumbnails. You have to open the panel for the preset you want from the Window menu, NOT Preset Manager. Nothing but Tools and Contours is there anymore. From various customer questions, I think it's confusing that they left the Preset Manager there at all instead of moving Tools and Contours into a separate Window-controlled panel and rename it Tools&Contours (duh). But there you are.

You want colored thumbnails, you have to open a panel from the Window menu.


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I now understand that the colored thumnails can no longer be seen as standard in the current version of PS. If I want to see them anyway I would have to change that in window help. Where can I find the window menu?
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The Window menu is between the Help (far right) and View menus in Photoshop's menu bar. If you open the Gradients panel from there, the default view is to display the thumbnails for the gradients—in full color. The gradient panel's menu is where you can choose how to display the presets—as text only, as small or large thumbnails, and as a small or large list (which will show a teeny tiny thumbnail next to the text).

These are the same panels you always used to select and apply gradients. The major difference now is that you can also import, export, and create sets of gradients right inside the Gradients preset panel. What used to be in the Preset Manager has been moved to the preset panel.
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Thank you very much for your help and clear explanation. I finally found them.
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Oh good. The change is a lot to get used to, but give it time, be patient, and you will learn how the different preset panels work. Try, for instance, drag and drop—drag a preset into your document. If it creates a Fill layer, click on a different preset to swap the current preset with the new selected preset. There's actually now a lot there. If they have a complete tutorial on using the new preset panels, I don't know where it is, I'm sorry to say.
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I am very relieved to find them. Problem was that I did't click on the sign for the text. Thanks again for all the trouble.
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You're very welcome.