Motion Science demonstrates how using Ae’s layer styles in the Gradient tool will produce better gradients.
Creating a gradient in After Effects can be done by using the Ramp effect, but it is not always necessary. Check out this tutorial from Motion Science that shows you how to create better gradients with Layer Styles and more control over your designs!
In After Effects, there is a style that allows for Gradient Overlays called “Layer Styles”. These can be used creatively with blend modes and other attributes.