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The Best Gradient Generators
Gradients have been an incredibly popular design trend lately and will no doubt continue to be exceptionally popular in the design world for years to come. Gradients can be seen in buttons, backgrounds, SVG waves, and a whole lot of other web elements, so having a useful generator is important!
If you're hoping to create gradients for your next project or design, this guide takes a look at some of the best online gradient generators out there that you should definitely take a look at, and maybe bookmark if you find them useful!
1. Inixia's Gradient Generator
This CSS gradient generator from Inixia allows you create over 30 random gradients at a time, and export your favourites.
You can export your favourite gradients to CSS or SVG, which will make using them fast and easy.
The color pairings aim to be harmonious, so you might even find some cool color combinations there too.
Ranging from cosmic violets to celestial blues and everything in between, this generator aims to create gradients that are both aesthetically pleasing and work well on the web.
- Creates a variety of color combinations for your gradients, leading to harmonious gradient blends
- Great selection to choose from
- Generate either CSS or SVG, depending on which is required
- You can also generate gradient buttons too
- Can't narrow down the color types, for example, cold colors or warm colors
CSS Button Examples
Inixia also has a gradient button generator, which you can use to create gradient buttons as seen below. These gradient buttons look great, and the more pastel gradients would look lovely on a dark mode website too! Just imagine the possibilities!
2. CSS Gradient.io
CSSGradient.io allows you to generate the CSS required for a variety of types of gradients, including radial gradients and linear gradients.
If you're looking for a tool to generate other types of gradients, not just linear gradients, then this is the tool for you! The site also provides other tools which may be useful, including color shade tools and so on, so while you're visiting this site, it's definitely worth taking a look at the other tools they have available also.
- You can generate a variety of types of gradients, including radial gradients as well as linear gradients
- Intuitive design
- You'll need to generate the color combinations yourself, as no presets are available unfortunately
This gradient generator allows you to generate the CSS required when given two color inputs.
The overall interface feels incredibly intuitive and is a stunning example of a website with excellent UI and UX overall.
A slight disadvantage of this tool I've found is that you need to create the color combinations yourself, whereas other generators, such as Inixia's online gradient generator generates a variety of color combinations for you automatically. This isn't a major disadvantage that said. Overall, if you're looking to create the CSS required, this tool does that perfectly!
- Generates the CSS required
- Easy to use
- Intuitive design
- You'll need to generate the color combinations yourself, which can get quite cumbersome if you're just looking for a series of gradients
4. UI Gradients
UIGradients is a standout resource, which provides a huge variety of beautiful CSS gradient combinations you can use in your next web design project.
Featuring a dazzling array of gradients, you can quickly and easily generate gradients by cycling through the options available. A lot of these gradients were added by the community, so they're very popular and aim to be aesthetically harmonious. I've found some amazing blends on this website, and always use it when I require gradients for my project.
There's a fantastic selection to choose from, I could cycle through the gradients forever! This is definitely one of my go-to resources when it comes to getting gradient inspiration or when I need more gradients for my next web project.
- Huge variety of color combinations
- You can cycle through gradients quickly to find the best ones you like
- Great selection to choose from
- You can only export CSS but not SVG, not a major con, just something to be aware of
This gradient generator from ColorZilla allows you to generate gradients which work harmoniously together. One slight gripe I would have about this generator is that the onus is on the user to come up with color combinations. While presets are available, they tend to include similar combinations and "gloss" effect presets, which is perfect if that's what you're looking for!
It generates the CSS for you, and the CSS works across all browsers, so that's definitely an important aspect this tool aims to cover.
You can make use of the presets provided also if you'd like some cool gradient ideas, however I've found that you'll need to remix some of these if you want to add your own color combinations.
- Generates CSS which works on all major browsers
- Comes with some presets
- Presets aren't extensive enough, could do with more presets
Hopefully you've found some great gradient generators!
Thanks for reading this article, hopefully it was useful! I love the world of gradients, and definitely think gradients are going to be a major design trend for the next few years. Hopefully you've found some cool gradient generators here, make sure to try them out and bookmark those you've found useful.
Of course, there are a whole variety of backgrounds you can add to your websites and designs, so if you'd like to view more background generators, check out this article on background generators, which I also wrote. It features other pattern generators and great sites for getting background images!
If you'd like more tools, don't hesitate to let me know in the comments below.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.