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Solved: Photoshop CS2 Bar or Stripe with Gradient...

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by Lucy16, Jul 5, 2007.

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  1. Lucy16

    Lucy16 Thread Starter

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    I'm trying to make a Bar or Stripe with Gradient in Photoshop CS2 that fades out on both ends. I've tried all sorts of things but am obviously missing something! Thanks!
    Lucy16:confused:
     
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    Set "Foreground" color to color you want for "bar"
    Select Gradient Tool
    In Tool Options menu, Select Foreground-to-Transparent from dropdown menu (usually second choice in factory defaults- otherwise, the one with your color on one end and transparent on the other)
    Click in sample box to edit the gradient
    Drag the top/colored opacity stop to center
    Click on the top of the end that has color to add new stop
    Run mouse over gradient to transparent end and use the eyedropper to select transparent for your new opacity stop.
    Click "new" to save this type of gradient to your pallette
    Apply gradient to selection in desired direction
     
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    Hope this picture will help a little more.
    Select a rectangle.
    Set Gradient tool as shown.
    Click and drag from the center to the edge of the selected area.

    Takes some playing to get the "Feel of It" .. remember CRTL+Z will undo last.
     

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  4. Lucy16

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    I think it's close, but still having trouble getting any transparency. I'm getting comfortable with the gradient options, but am also confused on whether to use the options at the top and tool bar, or to click on the layer and do it that way? Thanks for your help already...both of you!
     
  5. Noyb

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    I'm a little confused but it sounds like I'd use Layer Opacity.
    Depends if the bar is on its own layer or not.
     
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  7. Lucy16

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    Thank you so much...that is an awesome step-by-step doc! Thanks to both of you...this website is my life-line right now as I'm trying to learn these effects quickly. My head feels so full it's going to explode - so all these visual docs really make a difference!

    Lucy16
     
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