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Gradient tool not working properly??

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Oct 11, 2017

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So I was able to use the Gradient tool successfully to make a thumbnail 2 days ago, but now it seems to be "broken" or at least not doing what its supposed to. Screenshot (378).png

So this is how my settings are, I am trying to get the two images to fade together, but every time I try this is what happens.

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This happens every time even though I got it to work before, also when I click the drop down option for color in the Stops area, and then click on the background or foreground options, it chooses these two colors.

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I was following this guide How To Fade Two Images Together In Photoshop - Photoshop Tutorial - YouTube  , but now it will not work no matter what  I try and it's making me really annoyed, anyone know how to fix this?

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You're missing the part at 2:30 in the video, where he adds a Layer Mask (not a Vector Mask, as he calls it). You then make sure the mask for the layer is selected, and do you work on that. You will see this is the Channels panel.

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Gradient tool not working properly??

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So I was able to use the Gradient tool successfully to make a thumbnail 2 days ago, but now it seems to be "broken" or at least not doing what its supposed to. Screenshot (378).png

So this is how my settings are, I am trying to get the two images to fade together, but every time I try this is what happens.

Screenshot (379).png

This happens every time even though I got it to work before, also when I click the drop down option for color in the Stops area, and then click on the background or foreground options, it chooses these two colors.

Screenshot (380).png

Screenshot (381).png

I was following this guide How To Fade Two Images Together In Photoshop - Photoshop Tutorial - YouTube  , but now it will not work no matter what  I try and it's making me really annoyed, anyone know how to fix this?

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Correct answer by Semaphoric-PLXibM | Adobe Community Professional

You're missing the part at 2:30 in the video, where he adds a Layer Mask (not a Vector Mask, as he calls it). You then make sure the mask for the layer is selected, and do you work on that. You will see this is the Channels panel.

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You're missing the part at 2:30 in the video, where he adds a Layer Mask (not a Vector Mask, as he calls it). You then make sure the mask for the layer is selected, and do you work on that. You will see this is the Channels panel.

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Your mistake: You applied the gradient to the layer 1 image.

In the video at 2:35 you can see that the layer 1 gets a layer mask first - your's haven't got one.

Then apply the gradient to the layer mask, not to the image.

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Both the above answers are correct , perhaps this will help explain.

When a mask is attached to a layer, where the mask is white - the layer shows. Where the mask is black - the layer(s) below show. Shades of grey result in degrees of transparency.

In the example below the red and green layers are both solid but a gradient was applied to the mask by clicking on the mask in the layers panel then using the gradient tool.

I hope that helps

Dave

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My gradient tool simply won't work, I'm trying to apply the mask but the opacity is messed up within it. Screen Shot 2020-08-07 at 4.07.12 PM.png I'm unsure as to why this isn't working. All opacities are at 100%, if anyone knows what to do please help me.

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My mistake I noticed in the top corner after hours of looking that the gradient wasn't correct

 

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