Edit existing properties

I have installed the trial version of Photoshop CS2 so that I am able to edit some web templates that I have downloaded that were created using Photoshop. I normaly use Fireworks to do my graphics editing, but the layers do not import correctly using Fireworks so I thought I'ld give Photoshop a go. I have spent 3 hours searching the help file and various on line tutorials but can't seem to get an answer to a simple question. I want to edit the properties of an existing gradient rectangle. i.e. change the colours. Where can I find the existing properties to edit? I can add a gradient overlay that changes the colours but I thought that I should be able to edit the existing properties.
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David BruggeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
As advanced and as complex as Photoshop is, it can be pretty dumb. Photoshop does not keep track of the properties of a rectangle. It doesn't even know that there is a rectangle. All photoshop know is that there is a pixel at this location on this layer that is this color. To make changes to the rectangle, you have two choices. Change the pixels that are there, or draw a new gradient rectangle.

If the rectangle is not on its own layer, you will have to "select" the rectangle and then make changes, or draw a new rectangle on a new layer above the existing one.

To change the color, select the rectangle (if it is not on its own layer) and select As advanced and as complex as Photoshop is, it can be pretty dumb. Photoshop does not keep track of the properties of a rectangle. It doesn't even know that there is a rectangle. All Photoshop knows is that there is a pixel at this location on this layer that is this color. To make changes to the rectangle, you have two choices. Change the pixels that are there, or draw a new gradient rectangle.
If the rectangle is not on its own layer, you will have to "select" the rectangle and then make changes, or draw a new rectangle on a new layer above the existing one.

There are may ways to change the color. The two most common are Image/Adjustments/Color Balance or Image/Adjustments/Hue-Saturation.
Both methods let you make universal changes to the color, they just use different approaches.
Also, read about snapshots and history states. They are very handy when you are experimenting on an image.
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David BruggeCommented:
thanks for not taking my typos into consideration of my grade.
Because I can't spell, I cut and paste into Microsoft word so that I can use the spell check. I see that I am not always careful with my pasting.

I hope that this works for you.
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