Some people love gradient so much and add one on every website project they work on. Today, nearly all page builder plugins already a have built-in feature to add gradient. Even in Gutenberg, you can add a gradient consisting of multiple colors (more than two). However, custom CSS gradient is the only solution in some ways. For instance, if you want to add a gradient button in Elementor that consists of multiple colors (more than two), you can only achieve it using custom CSS gradient as the gradient feature of Elementor supports maximum of two colors only.
Or, say you want to create a gradient text in Gutenberg. Unless you install a plugin that has a dedicated block to creating a gradient text, you can only achieve it using custom CSS gradient as well. We have compiled the list of the best online CSS gradient generators to create custom CSS gradients. All are free to use.
In addition to the above scenarios, using an online CSS gradient can also be a better option to create a more complex gradient.
Best Free Online CSS Gradient Generators
Codioful was formerly known as Gradienta. It is a side project by an UI/UX designer named Shahadat. Codioful is available for free. It has an easy-to-use interface to make it easy for you to create a gradient. You can add as many colors as you want to your gradient. There are three gradient types you can create with Godioful: Linear, Radial, and Conic.
Each gradient type supports multiple colors. Once done creating a gradient, you can easily copy the generated CSS code and use it to your design. In addition, Codioful also allows you to download the gradient as an image (supports JPG, PNG, and SVG).
If you need gradient inspiration, Codioful offers a number of pre-made gradients, which you can find on its homepage.
2. CSS Gradient
The name says it all. CSS Gradient is an online tool designed to create CSS gradient in a visual way. You can use it to create a CSS gradient consisting of multiple colors just like Codioful. The tool automatically generates the CSS code of the gradient, which you can find right beneath the gradient editor. There is an option to expand the code in case you want the gradient works on old web browsers. CSS Gradient allows you to create two gradient types: linear and radial. There is no option to create a conic gradient like Codioful.
There are also pre-made CSS gradients offered by CSS Gradient in case you need ones.
Coolors is an online tool developed by an indie developer named Fabrizio Bianchi. Unlike the first two tools above, Coolors is not a dedicated tool to creating gradient. It is rather a tool to play around with colors. In addition to creating gradients, you can also use Coolors to define the color base of your design.
The features available the gradient generator include live preview and the ability to copy the CSS code. You can use Coolors to create two gradient types: linear and radial. Coolors itself is released as a freemium tool. The gradient generator is completely free. If you want, you can store your gradients to the cloud by upgrading to the pro version.
4. Angry Tools
If you don’t mind seeing ads while working, Angry Tools is worth trying to create CSS gradient online. The ad banners above and beneath the editor of tool are a bit annoying, but the tool itself is quite useful. Especially if you want to create conical gradient. Yes, Angry Tools supports conical gradient, other than linear, radial, and elliptical. You can also choose what color type you want to use on your gradient. Whether RGB or Hex. In addition to creating CSS gradient, Angry Tools also provide tools to create box shadow, text shadow and other CSS effects.
ColorGradient is another great online CSS generator that you can use for free. You won’t be bothered by ads when working with the tool. Its editor also comes with a live preview feature to allow you see the changes instantly. The tool allows you to create three gradient types: linear, radial, and conic.
An interesting feature offered by ColorGradient is the ability to save your gradients. The feature is quite useful if you create gradient on a regular basis. You don’t need to create an account to save your gradients. The tool stores them to your browser’s cache. That being said, your gradients will be gone if you make the cache purge on your browser.
Same as Coolors, Colorffy is not designed exclusively to create CSS gradient. Instead, it also offers a tool to create a color palette. Its gradient generator itself has a nice interface. You can easily add a color stop on your gradient and set the angle. Every change is displayed in a live preview just like other tools above. While you can add as many colors as you want, the tool doesn’t allow you to set custom angle. You can only select a predefined angle.
Colorffy itself supports two gradient types: radial and linear. It also allows you to save your gradients in case you want to. However, an account is required. The editor of Colorfyy contains an ad banner, which you can remove only if you subscribe to the pro version.
The Bottom Line
Page builder plugins like Elementor, Divi Builder, to Breakdance already have a built-in feature to add a gradient color. You can use it on a button, column, section, and other elements that have an option to set a color. However, not all needs can be covered by the gradient feature on each page builder. Elementor, for instance, its gradient feature is limited to two colors. To create a multi-color gradient, you need to add custom CSS in Elementor.
To ease your job in creating a CSS gradient, you can try one of the tools we mentioned above. They allow you to create CSS gradients in a visual way. No need to allocate extra budget as all the tools above are free to use.