Gradients color also known as color transitions, are a gradual blending from one color to another color (or, if you’re in a colorful mood, from one color to another color to another color—gradients aren’t limited to two shades).
This year gradients are everywhere. UX/UI designers have used them to add depth to user experience, graphic designers have experimented with color combinations to make their projects look more appealing and many others were eager to get their hands on the trend.
Dan Romero has come up with an excellent list of pointers to help you make and use better gradients. Check them out below.
Keep it natural
Look at the sky right now. Assuming it’s daytime, you’ll see a blue sky that degrades naturally. That’s what we are looking for. Useful gradients arise from the harmony of analog or monochromatic colors. Try to avoid complementary colors.
It’s about playing with the gradient points until it looks subtle and natural. Try expanding them and making a smooth transition. You can also play with opacity to achieve harmonic gradient color that looks great.
Direction & sense
Direction and sense also count! Try placing diagonal directions in large spaces and elements. We read from top to bottom (and the light comes from the sky). Placing lighter colors at the top gives more meaning to specific structures.
Take care of texts
We can also apply gradient color to the text, but be very careful. It looks excellent in broad headings, or in key phrases or quotes that need some emphasis. Try as much as possible not to apply it to large blocks of text; it could complicate reading and legibility.
Emotion & audience
We are designing interfaces for a particular audience, true? Never forget to explore and meet your users. Gradients colors are mixtures of color that, when well selected, convey a specific message and emotion.
Use them wisely
It’s about providing a beautiful experience without forgetting the most important: the content. Use the gradients color subtly. Applying them in excess can cause your users to run away, you don’t want that.
Gradients make more colors available because they create more color tones. Gradients are eye-catching and memorable because they’re colorful and playful and make for visuals we’re not used to seeing.
In this article, my main goal was to created little guide for the beginners who are starting a beautiful journey into a design world.