Photoshop: Non-destructive gradients

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Gradients are great, and they're a reoccurring aesthetic in countless designs. So, I use them a lot. Problem is, I want to get my gradients just right. Correct me if I'm wrong here, but it appears that the only way to change a gradient is to overwrite it with a new one, usually via the gradient tool. It'd be great if you could create a gradient, and with the gradient tool selected, you could see the start and end points, along with the handles for the colors in between. That means it'd be non-destructive, and you could edit the gradients to get it just right, easily. I think this would be great to speed up the workflow and avoid mistakes with the gradient tool. I hope this is considered, as it would be a great addition to Photoshop.
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Derek Frogget

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Hannes Drexl

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I'm not sure I understand correctly, but have you tried using the gradient fill or gradient layer style? These work non-destructive and let you edit the gradient afterwards. I personally never use the gradient tool anymore, since the other two methods are way more flexible.
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Fair enough, I've just checked this out. I'll use the gradient fill layer for sure, though I'd still love the gradient tool to be as I'd described since it'd be quicker to use, easier, and adjustable endpoints (unlike the fill layer). I'll edit my post accordingly (Should I just delete this post and create a new one?). Thanks

Edit: It doesn't look like I can edit or delete my original post since there are replies. Should I create a new post, then?
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I was going to agree, but then realized above poster is probably correct. I've always used the old school method, since I tend to be the old dog/no new tricks, but I need to look into using gradient layer instead.

What I would really like is to be able to use gradient in Indexed color mode. Indexing a graded RGB image just is not smooth enough in Photoshop, so I have to go to another program to do it. Photoshop linear grading leaves these lines. Other programs are silky smooth, while keeping the exact index colors under control.