Creating CSS gradients can be time-consuming and tough. This short list of free online tools will help you quickly generate CSS gradients by giving you a graphical user interface and other useful functionality.

These gradient generators will be handy when you’re trying to produce more complex gradients or when you’re just starting to learn CSS3.

1. westciv CSS Gradients

westciv CSS Gradients

This is a simple visual tool for creating linear CSS gradients.

2. CSS 3.0 Gradient

CSS 3.0 Gradient

The CSS 3.0 Gradient generator can help you create linear and radial CSS gradients. The slider interface is useful for when you’re tweaking your gradient property values.

3. CSSmatic Gradient CSS Generator

CSSmatic Gradient CSS Generator

CSSmatic’s gradient generator allows you to save your gradients as presets — quite helpful at times when you’re experimenting with multiple gradient styles.

4. Grad3 UI Processor

Grad3 UI Processor

The Grad3 UI Processor also has some transparent PNG background patterns that gives you the option of adding more visual complexity to your gradients.

5. Ultimate CSS Gradient Generator

Ultimate CSS Gradient Generator

This CSS gradient generator by Colorzilla imitates the Gradient Editor feature in Photoshop, which is great for those looking for a familiar interface.

6. OpenGameArt CSS Gradient Editor

OpenGameArt CSS Gradient Editor

Want a dead simple CSS gradient editor? This one’s it.

7. Visual CSS Gradient Generator

Visual CSS Gradient Generator

What sets this gradient generator apart from the rest is that it also tries to generate SVG and canvas code, which is useful when cross-browser compatibility is extremely important to you.

8. Angrytools Online Gradient Generator

Angrytools Online Gradient Generator

Angrytool’s gradient generator can handle both linear and radial gradients. They created this tool specifically for web designers and Android app developers.

9. CSS3Gen Gradient Generator

CSS3Gen Gradient Generator

This tool has an Angle control that you can rotate to quickly see changes in your gradient’s angle properties.

10. CSS3 Factory Gradient Generator

CSS3 Factory Gradient Generator

The CSS3 Factory gradient generator is downright simple and it allows you to use either hexadecimal or RGB color value notation.

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Jacob Gube is the co-founder and a managing editor of Design Instruct. He's a web developer, and also the owner of Six Revisions. Follow Jacob on Twitter: @sixrevisions