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Adding Transparency / Opacity to Photoshop Gradients Tutorial, how to create grids etc

How to add transparency to Photoshop gradients and then use to create amazing grids and columns etc

Transparency / opacity

Photoshop gradients stops panel and adding transparency / opacitySome 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 adding some additonal transparency / opacity which can then be used to create many interesting artworks and designs.


How to add transparency / opacity to the Photoshop gradients

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).


adding stopsPersonally, 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.


Creating columns using transparency / opacity and Photoshop gradients

transparency ringsGo to the gradient editor and set the opacity at the 0 position to 100% and then set the 25% position stop to 0% opacity and then 50% position to 100% opacity and 75% position at 0% opacity and the 100% position to 100% opacity. You can set the color stops to anything.


You can make every complex combinations of 0% and 100% opacity to create more or less columns.


Creating Grids

You can create the above columns and then add that to an image from left to right across an image in linear mode and then repeat with the same from top to bottom and you will have a basic grid from the presets or perhaps use the transparency and opacity and also use different blending modes such as exclusion to create interesting Photoshop grids using gradients


grid and photoshop transparency and opacity


Creating a frame

Set the opacity for the far left to 100% and click at 50% and then add a new opacity stop and set the opacity to 0% and then set the far right position stop to 100%. Apply using any colors from left to right with the linear mode and then from top to bottom to create a very quick frame.


Or simply combine the gradients using the transparency and then select the middle region and remove the gradient from the center of the artwork


Another option for the Photoshop gradients and the transparency is to use them in linear modes and add opacity to the ends of the gradient set to 0% and then just add to the four edges of the page and overlap each of the colorful designs to form a quick and easy frame.




Creating lines

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


line and photoshop gradients and opacity and transparency


Removing transparency / opacity

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.


Related items

You can use the colorful gradients mixed with custom shapes such as overlay texture custom shapes for Photoshop and elements


You can also find a huge collection of 32,000 gradients available on the site for use in all your projects



You can find many other tutorials on the site such as

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

2) how to create a frame / border using Photoshop gradients as a fill

3) how to create contours around the edge of a design using Photoshop gradients

4) How to scroll / swiftly switch through Photoshop blend modes in seconds tutorial


Youtube Video tutorials - how to find out more

Video tutorial on adding the transparency [Youtube]