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How to add transparency / opacity to gradients in Photoshop

How to add transparency to Photoshop gradients and then use to create amazing grids and columns etc. Change the transparency for the gradients by selecting the gradient tool and then the gradient dropdown / preset picker along the top bar. Set the opacity stops along the top bar.

Add opacity / transparency to gradients

How to add transparency / opacity to photoshop gradients tutorial
  1. Select gradient tool in Photoshop

  2. Click the gradient dropdown / preset picker

  3. Go to the gradient bar in the center of gradient editor

  4. Go to the top of the bar

  5. Click and add an opacity stop

  6. Change the opacity setting to 0% etc

  7. Click OK

Photoshop gradients can include transparency, you can also add transparency to create amazing and interesting effects

transparency opacity gradient in Photoshop editor

Some of the Photoshop default gradients come with transparency / opacity but if you want to add some transparency / opacity to your own gradients or ones that you have purchased, how do you go about it. You can add the transparency via the opacity stops along the gradient bar in the gradient editor

  1. Click top of the bar with opacity stop

  2. Set opacity value to 0% or less than 100%

  3. Add multiple opacity stops

How to add transparency / opacity to the Photoshop gradients via the preset editor in Photoshop

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Select the gradient tool in Adobe ® Photoshop ® and then click the preset panel on the top option bar (left). The preset editor is now visible. Go to the top of the preset bar (transparency stops) and click (stop is then added), select.

 

Go to the stops field at the bottom of the editor and set the stop to something less than 100% (for full transparency, set to 0.

 

Personally, I like to add transparency to both of the far ends - setting the opacity to 0 and leave the inner stops to 100% or less. Of course, you can set the stops to any value depending on the transparency you want to achieve.

 

You can also use the opacity midpoints to add more opacity or less opacity depending on the closeness to the individual stops. Just select the midpoint and move back and forth to change the color you see.

 

The number of midpoints is two if you have three opacity stops, so always one less than the number of stops.

 

  1. Select the midpoint between the opacity stops (between two)

  2. Move that towards or away from one of the opacity stops

  3. The color spreads or fades depending on the direction

  4. OK

  5. Apply gradient

How to create a single straight colorful line in Photoshop using gradients and transparency and opacity stops

gradient opacity and single bar transparency in Photoshop
  1. Select gradient tool and click gradient preset picker

  2. Set the opacity stop for 20 at 0% and 50 at 100% and 80 at 0%

  3. Set the color around the 50 in the middle of the gradient bar

  4. OK

  5. Set to linear

  6. Apply gradient

The area shown in white is the area where there is 100% transparency so if it had been blue or black as a background, blue or black would have been displayed

Creating lines or rings in Photoshop

line and photoshop gradients and opacity and transparency

Set the opacity stop for the Photoshop gradient from 100% at the far left and set the opacity to 100% for the far right.

 

Set the 50% position opacity stop to 0% and then set the small midpoints to very close to the 50% position to create a super sharp line

 

You can also use the same approach with a gradient style of radial to create single ring designs.

How to remove transparency and opacity stops from a gradient in Photoshop

Just select the opacity stop and then delete key - though there has to be two opacity gradient stops in earlier versions of Photoshop and with the most recent versions, it now can be one opacity stop.

Additional tutorials relating to gradients as well as frames in Photoshop

1. how to use the Photoshop gradients in different image / color modes such as CMYK

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Updated: September 2017