Gradient: 100 % Opacity to 100% Transparency ?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Dave, Aug 23, 2005.

  1. Dave

    Dave Guest

    Is there a gradient that goes from 100% opacity to 100% transparency across
    an image or a layer in an image. Or can such a gradient be created in PS 6 ?
    Dave, Aug 23, 2005
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  2. Dave

    OcTavO Guest


    I don't remember if PS6 had a solid to transparent gradient already built
    in. But even if it doesn't you can make one with the following steps...

    1. Pick the gradient tool then click on the gradient swatch to bring up the
    gradient editor
    2. Set the type to 'noise' and the roughness to '0', move the slider bars to
    pick what color you want, then click the 'add transparency' box.
    3. Now keep hitting the 'randomize' button until you see a combination that
    works for you. You should be able to save this and use it whenever you like

    Another more down and dirty way to get the effect might be to fill the area
    with a color on a new layer, then select the bit you want to be transparent,
    feather the selection sufficiently and hit delete.
    OcTavO, Aug 23, 2005
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  3. Dave

    Kokoro Guest

    In, Dave ordered an army of hamsters to type:

    learn how to use layer masks or use the gradient editor
    Kokoro, Aug 23, 2005
  4. Dave

    Dave Guest

    Right. Went through the steps described in book: Adobe photpshop 6 Classroom
    in a book, Lesson 5: Creating a Gradient mask pgs 134-136. Unable to figure
    out how to use it. They gave no description of how to use it once created.
    Some classroom. I guess they believe if you have to find the needle hidden
    in the haystack you'll remember everything about the needle. I'd rather have
    the needle concisely and clearly described, but what do I know.
    Dave, Aug 23, 2005
  5. Dave

    Dave Guest

    Thanks, I'll give that a try. Previously I've used the feather with max
    pixels and successive delete hits. Kinda works but not ideally.
    Dave, Aug 23, 2005
  6. Dave

    tacit Guest

    Here is how you create a gradient of transparency in a layer.

    Step 1: Add a layer mask using Reveal All. (Layer->Add Mask->Reveal All.)

    Step 2: Click on the mask, **NOT** on the layer, in the layers palette.
    You will see the mask appear next to the layer in the Layers palette.

    Step 3: Make a gradient that goes from black to white. That's it!

    The way a layer mask works is incredibly simple. Anything that's black
    in the mask means that part of the layer is transparent. Anything that's
    white in the mask means that part of the layer is opaque. Anything
    that's grey in the mask means that part of the layer is translucent.
    tacit, Aug 23, 2005
  7. Dave

    Dave Guest

    That works perfectly !!! THANK YOU !!!
    And special thanks for taking the trouble to clarify in step 2. I wish you
    wrote the Photoshop 6.0 Classroom in a book, book. It would have been a lot
    better !!!
    Dave, Aug 24, 2005
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