How to add transparency / opacity to gradients in Photoshop tutorial

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Add opacity / transparency to gradients

How to add transparency / opacity to gradients in Photoshop 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 and repeat this in different locations to add opacity / transparency to your gradient and click OK

Change the transparency for the gradients by selecting the GRD tool and then the dropdown / preset picker along the top bar. Click one of the presets and then add the stops along the top of the bar of the preset stops (not bottom as that is for the colors)


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transparency opacity gradient in Photoshop editorYou can add 0% stops (so you cannot see the color) but you can always set it to 50% or other settings and you can add one stop or multiple stops


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


You can also use the midpoints to add more or less of the color by moving the small diamond in between the stops along the top bar. Just select the midpoint and move back and forth to change the amount of color you see


single lineThe number of midpoints is two if you have three stops, so always one less than the number of stops. Select the midpoint between the stops (between two of the stops along the top bar). Move that towards or away from one of the stops (top bar). The color spreads or fades depending on the direction. Click OK and then apply the preset to the document


How to create a single straight colorful line using the presets and modifications to the stops ? Select the GRD tool and click the preset picker for the tool. Click a preset and you will be in the editor. Set the stop (top bar) for 20 at 0% and 50 at 100% and 80 at 0%. Set the color around the 50 in the middle of the preset bar. Click OK and set to linear and then apply the preset to a white background (or any other color)


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


lineHow to create lines or rings in PS ? Once you have accessed a preset, set the stop for the preset to 100% value for the far left and set the value to 100% for the far right. Set the 50% stop (top bar) 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 style of radial to create single ring designs.


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


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