I’ll need to try HotButton’s way of doing it because I’ve been trying to use Illustrator’s gradient tool much like Photoshop’s tool (which used to work just fine). Now it’s gotten a whole lot more complicated. I don’t use the tool enough to research the details, so when I have a need for it, I just end up getting frustrated. I finally get it to work, then move on and forget about it until the next time I need to use it. Then I repeat the whole process again.
Another annoyance (this time a small one) is with the way Adobe recently changed how scaling works in Photoshop. Formerly, a user could select an area or object, choose a transform menu option then grab the corner and drag. If that user wanted proportional scaling, she could hold down the shift key. Now Adobe has made the reverse the case — with holding down the shift key being required to turn off proportional scaling instead of to turn it on.
One is as good as the other, I suppose, but why change a 30-year-old convention that works just as well one way as it does the other? Perhaps they have their reasons, but for me, it’s just another arbitrary interface change done for no apparent reason other than to justify Adobe’s parade of so-called upgrades, which in turn they use to justify their monthly rental fees.
And to make it more annoying still, Illustrator still does it the old way. So now Photoshop’s scaling procedure is the reverse of Illustrator’s.