Photoshop: Too many levels of modal dialogs when editing a gradient layer

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If I want to edit a gradient fill layer, I usually have to open up the "Gradient Fill Dialog", then the "Gradient Editor", then the "Select stop color" color picker. Three levels of modal depth beyond the standard Photoshop. It gets more confusing than the movie Inception. I don't see why I couldn't just leave up all of these windows and work from any of them at any time.

I assume the fill layers will eventually end up sharing the non-modal panel the adjustment layers use. Hmmm... I'll have to write that up as another suggestion.
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David Jensen

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Marc Edwards

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I have no idea how to solve this, but like you've suggested, it's easy to be slowed down by the multiple modal dialogues. Seems like it exists so that the gradient editor and colour picker can be consistent, which is a good thing.

Makes it very slow to apply or copy gradient fills though.

I don't really like Illustrator's panel gradient editor (way too small and fiddly to use), so I don't think that's a good solution.
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I like Illustrator's ability to edit the gradient directly on the image. Is that what you mean, Marc?
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Nup, I was talking about editing gradients in the panel, not on the canvas itself. I'll post an image below.
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I would also love to have direct editing capabilities of the gradient directly on the image or equally as important, on a layer mask. Gradients on a layer mask to transition pixel opacity between layers is an essential PS tool. How many times do you have to draw out a transition only to discover it's not quite right and then command-z to redraw it. It would be fantastic to be able to draw it once and then fine tune the gradient with a direct edit tool such as the one in Illustrator or even the less full featured editor in Fireworks.
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@PECourtejoie

The image below shows Adobe Illustrator with a gradient on the canvas (left) and gradient panel (right). I'm suggesting that editing gradients via a panel UI is quite fiddly and not something I'd really want added to Photoshop.



I think having a larger gradient edit UI is important, especially when editing gradients that are as complex as this.