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I'm making an aston (Name tag/strap/whatever, to edit in photoshop and export to put into Premiere Edits. I'm making a simple black rectangle, that about 3/4 down I want to dissolve into transparency. I am selecting the rectangle I have created and am editing the stops so when it reaches 75% it will start to fade, but whenever I edit these stops nothing changes.

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I know I've probably done something very basic very wrong, but using the gradient editor tool to mark the stops at key points seems like a really simple, easy tool to use, but it just doesn't work. I am going crazy here.

The problem is that the content of the layer is black, so your trasparency get from red to black. To hide the color of the layer in the Panel Layer, let the FILL value of your layer 0%, this way only the gradient will be displayed.

It shows me a gradient but it's not applying to the rectangle on the canvas. From 3/4 across the rectangle i just want it to start fading to transparent, I don't understand why the gradient isn't applying

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Applying gradients is one of the main workflows that constitutes the fundamentals of digital image manipulation. Gradient provides you the information about the change in the color intensity in your image in a given direction.

You can now quickly draw, preview, and modify beautiful gradients with an improved Gradient Tool in the Photoshop desktop app. You can create the color stops and edit your gradients from the canvas itself. Also, you can control the color, density, opacity, and blend mode of the gradient, see the mid-point and spread on the canvas, add multiple color stops, and change the color of the color stops to edit the gradient with this feature.

When a pixel layer is selected, you can choose the way you want to work, non-destructively (Gradient mode) or destructively (Classic gradient mode). When working on a gradient fill layer, the tool switches to the correct mode based on the layer selected, gradient fill or mask.

Select the canvas and drag out the on-canvas gradient widget. While dragging, you can change the angle and length of the gradient. When you release the drag, you can go back and change the length and angle by clicking and dragging again.

Remove color stops on the on-canvas widget by selecting the color stop circles and dragging away from the gradient line. On the Gradient on-canvas widget, double-click the color stops (circle area) to change the color with the color picker.

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The Gradient Editor dialog box lets you define a new gradientby modifying a copy of an existing gradient. You can also add intermediatecolors to a gradient, creating a blend between more than two colors.

Click the corresponding color stop, and enter avalue for Location in the Stops section of the dialog box. A valueof 0% places the point at the far left end of the gradient bar;a value of 100%, at the far right end.

Each gradient fill contains settings thatcontrol the opacity of the fill at different locations on the gradient.For example, you can set the starting color to 100% opacity andhave the fill gradually blend into an ending color with 50% opacity. Thecheckerboard pattern indicates the amount of transparency in thegradient preview.

Color Model: Changes the color components you can adjust. For each component, drag the sliders to define the range of acceptable values. For example, if you choose the HSB model, you can restrict the gradient to blue-green hues, high saturation, and medium brightness

So far in this series of tutorials on the many ways of converting color photos to black and white in Photoshop, we've looked at how to convert an image to the Grayscale color mode and how to remove the color by desaturating the image.

In this third tutorial in the series, we'll learn how Photoshop's Gradient Map adjustment allows us to easily "map" the original colors in an image to the colors in a gradient. You could play around for hours with a Gradient Map coming up with all kinds of wild and crazy color effects, but for our purposes here, we're going to look specifically at how a Gradient Map makes black and white conversions a snap! (Get it? "Map", "snap"? It rhymes! Yes, I know, just get on with it. Geez.)

By default, Photoshop's Gradient Map adjustment uses a gradient that's based on our current Foreground and Background colors. If, for example, our current Foreground color was red and our Background color was purple and we applied a Gradient Map adjustment, we'd end up with a photo made up of reds and purples. While that may (or may not) be interesting from a creative perspective, it's definitely not the effect we're aiming for here. We want to convert our image to black and white, which means we'll want to map the colors in the image to a black-to-white gradient. So before we do anything else, let's make sure our Foreground and Background colors are set to their defaults, which, as luck would have it, just happen to be black (Foreground color) and white (Background color)!

Since black and white are Photoshop's default Foreground and Background colors, there's a good chance that yours are already set to black and white. You can check to see what your current colors are by looking at the Foreground and Background color swatches near the bottom of the Tools palette. The swatch in the top left represents the Foreground color, while the swatch in the bottom right is the Background color:

If they're already set to black and white as mine are, you're good to go. If they're set to other colors, simply press the letter D on your keyboard (think "D" for "Default") to reset the Foreground and Background colors to black and white.

If you're using Photoshop CS4 as I am here, the options for the Gradient Map will appear in the Adjustments Panel which is new to CS4. If you're using Photoshop CS3 or earlier, the Gradient Map dialog box will open on your screen. The main feature in the Gradient Map options is the gradient preview bar showing us the current colors in the gradient that's being applied to our image. As we mentioned, this default gradient is based on our Foreground and Background colors, and since we made sure to set them to black and white before adding the Gradient Map, we get a black-to-white gradient which is exactly what we needed:

Based on their brightness values, all of the original colors in the photo are now being replaced by the colors (or in this case, the shades of gray) in the gradient, and if we look at our photo in the document window, we see that the black-to-white gradient has converted the image to black and white:

By simply mapping the original colors in the photo to our black-to-white gradient using the Gradient Map adjustment, we've managed to achieve decent results for our black and white conversion. But that was just a starting point. We can try to enhance the results even further by making a few simple changes to the gradient we're using.

Click directly on the gradient preview bar in the Gradient Map dialog box (or Adjustments Panel in CS4) to bring up Photoshop's Gradient Editor. The Gradient Editor contains another gradient preview bar showing us the current gradient colors, but unlike the Gradient Map dialog box, the Gradient Editor allows us to change and/or adjust the colors in the gradient. By making changes to the appearance of the gradient, we can fine-tune the appearance of our black and white image.

If you look directly below either end of the gradient preview bar, you'll see a color stop. These two color stops control the two main colors that make up our gradient. The one on the far left will appear black, while the one on the far right will be white (since our gradient goes from black on the left to white on the right):

As you may have guessed from it's name, the Midpoint marker controls where the middle of the gradient falls between the two color stops on either side of it. By default, it's, well, in the middle, but it doesn't have to be. We can move the midpoint of the gradient simply by clicking on the marker and dragging it left or right. If you're familiar with how Photoshop's Levels adjustment works, you know that with a Levels adjustment, we can brighten or darken the midtones in an image (the brightness levels that fall between pure black and pure white) by dragging the midtone slider. We can do the same thing here with the gradient's Midpoint marker. By dragging the marker left or right, we can adjust the brightness of the midtones in our black and white image.

If you click on the Midpoint marker and look down at the Location option at the bottom of the Gradient Editor dialog box, you'll see that it's set to 50%. This means the gradient's midpoint is initially halfway between the color stops on either end of the gradient. I'm going to drag the Midpoint marker a short distance towards the left, which will move the gradient's midpoint closer to black. The Location value decreases as we move the slider closer to black. I'm going to stop when the Location value is set to around 43% since we usually don't have to drag the marker very far to see noticeable changes in the image (you'll need to release your mouse button after dragging the marker for the image in the document window to update with your changes):

Moving the midpoint of the gradient closer to white darkens the midtones. In my case, the photo now appears too dark, but of course your image will be different, which is why you'll want to keep an eye on your photo in the document window as you drag the Midpoint marker to judge the results:


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