converting "gradient" to a solid. Photoshop

Posted on 2014-08-25
Last Modified: 2014-08-25
I have a logo that I want to have embroidered onto a shirt. However, the logo has gradients (everything is on one layer, so I don't think this is the typical gradients effect.
I would (ideally) like to convert these gradient into 2-3 shades of the base color.  If not, I need to convert these to a solid color.

How can I do this?
Photoshop CC 2014.

Question by:Bruj
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    Expert Comment

    Hi Bruce, it seems to me your description of your logo is not really helping us to help you.
    Could you post a screenshot your logo so I can see what you are talking about. What you are referring to layers and gradients
     would (ideally) like to convert these gradient into 2-3 shades of the base color.<< gradients have many forms.

    If not, I need to convert these to a solid color. you mean merge layers/flatten the image?
    Turn on the visibility of only the layers you want merged then choose Merge Visible from the Layers panel menu.
    Keep a copy of your original,
     working with a flattened image has less options of blending or repositioning layered items.
    Flattening an image reduces all layers to one background layer.
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    You might try playing with Image > Adjustments > Posterize.

    You can enter the number of solid colors you want to break the graduation into. One catch, when the filter is dividing the image up, it does not count black and white as colors. If you chose to divide an image into 4 colors for instance, you may get 4 colors plus black plus white. Your embroiderer would consider this 6 colors. You can avoid this sometimes by lowering the contrast of the image before applying the filter.

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    I am pretty much a novice using my brothers system while he is over seas..
    You can see the logo at:
    If you could let me know how I would refer to the fading from 1 color to another (I know that gradients have different meanings and terms, that is why I used quote/unquote. The layer that has the main logo, has all of the shading/fading done on that layer.

    That was the trick I was looking for


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    by:David Brugge
    Bruce, you might take the logo in it's original form to the embroider. There are many different professional embroidery systems, each with their own software. It's possible that the would have software that could dither the gradient so that it would not appear striped the way it does using the posterize filter.

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