The Gradient tool allows you to apply and adjust gradient colours on all layers, including pixel layers, fill layers, adjustment layers, live filter layers, layer masks, as well as vector and text content.
The following settings can be adjusted from the context toolbar:
Context—allows the adjustment of either the Fill or Stroke colour of the selected object.
Type—converts the object's colour type. For example, from None to Linear.
Select, pick, and modify the object's solid or gradient colour—click the colour swatch to display a pop-up panel. See the Colour panel, Swatches panel, and Gradient editing topics for more information on the settings available.
Rotate gradient—rotates the applied gradient by 90°.
Reverse gradient—the end stops swap places. (All intermediate stops are also repositioned accordingly.)
Maintain fill aspect ratio—if this option is off (default), the end stops can be resized separately which changes aspect ratio. When selected, the end stops are locked to keep the aspect ratio (i.e. changing one will automatically update the other). This setting affects only Elliptical and Bitmap fills.