Gradiance is one of those single-purpose iPad apps that is just incredibly good at the one thing it is made to do. In this case that one thing is designing images with gradients. Here’s a slice of its App Store intro:
Whether you need a striking image to use in your designs, or the source code to display the gradient on a web page, in a Mac app or an iOS app, Gradianceis there to save you time.
You can design your own, or automatically create one by extracting the colours from a photo. You can create gradients in a variety of shapes and styles — linear, radial, or angular, looped or bounced up to ten times. You can even blend your gradient with a photo to create special effects, such as vignettes or vintage processing.
As you may have noted if you follow my Weekend iPad Wallpapers posts, I’ve been spending a lot of time with this app recently. A whole lot of time – and enjoying the heck out of it.
I’ve found Gradiance to be superb for creating your own iPad wallpapers. I’ve done some, like the two shown just above, based on a background image with gradient effects added. I’ve also enjoyed messing around and creating pure gradation images.
The more I use the app the more I realize that the possibilities for creating images are just about endless. You can use a background image or just work with gradients. You can choose from a range of around 15 bookmarked color schemes that are included with the app as a starting point, and as you work and create your own images you can bookmark your own schemes as well.
When working with an image you can apply gradients in Linear, Radial, or Angular modes, make them aligned or freeform, adjust the level of the gradation from 1 to 10, adjust the colors incrementally with nice slider and color wheel controls, and more.
It’s also easy to change or remove the background image while working on an image.
Once you’re happy with your latest creation you can save it to your photo library, share it via email or Twitter, copy a link to Safari or elsewhere or create a ‘Gradient ID Card’:
a handy reference card that includes the gradient colour values and a special code that can be scanned* to load the gradient, allowing you to share your gradients via photo-sharing sites or even in print.
* Requires “QR Code” scanning software, not included.
The app even lets you set a variety of aspect ratios – from 1:1 to 16:9 – or you can set your own custom ratio.
If you like creating images on the iPad, or wallpapers for iPad or other devices, you should really take a look at Gradiance. This is a superb app. It may do only one thing but it does it exceptionally well, offers endless possibilities for working with gradients, and makes it easy and fun to create striking gradient images.
I should also note that my 9 year old daughter loves this app – so if you’ve got kids who like drawing and painting you may well find this is a big hit with as well.
Here’s an App Store link for Gradiance; it’s priced at just $0.99 and is a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone.
Update: Please note: This app changed its name from Gradiator to Gradiance since the time of publishing, and the post title and text have now been updated to reflect that name change.
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