Photoshop: Add a guide to the gradient tool handles for making perpendicular gradients

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Imagine you are creating a layer mask (or anything else) and you start with the shape on the left, but what you actually want is the shape on the right (with the gradient):



It's nearly impossible to add this gradient perpendicular to the lower edge of the shape. This is especially true with shapes that are very wide but low. A visual guide like in the mockup below  would greatly improve the experience:



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Bonjour, il suffit de créer la forme avec un dégradé intérieur selon l'orientation souhaitée, de convertir
le calque de forme en objet dynamique on pourra ensuite l'orienter selon ses désires.



Hello, it is enough to create form with an internal gradation according to desired orientation, to convert
the tracing paper of form in a smrt object they will then be able to orientate it according to his want.



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Thanks for your input, but this is not really what I want because this method does not work within layer masks. And actually I want to use this in more complex scenarios. The shape in my original post was just to demonstrate the effect I want to achieve. Here's a more complex shape that may better illustrate my point:



Thanks anyway!
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Il suffit de créer la forme sur un calque normal, de masquer les parties qui n'auront pas de dégradés. De passer le calque ainsi masqué en objet dynamique, que vous pourrez ensuite redimensionner, déplacer, déformer à loisir.

Create the complexe form on a normal tracing layer, tmask the parts which will not have of gradations. convertthis layer dynamic to smart object, which you will then be able to re-size, move, distort at leisure.

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I really appreciate your help, but this is still not what I am looking for. The example I posted here, really is just one use case. Right now the gradient tool is just not predictable and I really think such a simple addition as this guide would make it a better tool.

You can create gradients way more intuitive with a gradient layer, because you can drag the gradient to reposition it and you can even change the angle numerical, but this doesn't work with layer masks. Therefore I am asking for this little addition to the existing tool.
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I like the original suggestion.  It is simple and easy to understand and should be easy to implement and it will work on layers and their masks.  Nevertheless, I am pleased that Dominik understands that Yves is trying to be helpful and is offering an option that doesn't need Adobe to improve anything.
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Yes, good idea to have a baseline on the grad tool to assist in aligning the starting point to another line/edge and get very close to apply grad perpendicularly, regardless of angle of objects/lines/edges/etc.