So, I have wasted an entire workday trying to find an answer to this simple question.
This my final effort before I completely loose my marbles.
Can anyone, for the love of god please tell me
How can I gradually fade away a black matte, from 100% opacity to 0% opacity, across the entire image, from top to bottom.
I'm trying to hide a top of someone's face with black gradient, the face is already partly in the shadow.
I've tried using the 'edge feather' -tool which is useless in this case, using directional blur with terrible results, and finally masking the opacity, which so far is the most effective way, (and most likely the correct one) but somehow I just can't fade the matte gradually.
Apparently no other person on this planet has had this issue and I'm just an idiot. I have come to this conclusion after going through hundreds of forum posts and tutorial videos with nothing even close to my issue.
1) Create a video clip of black
Drop it on the timeline on a track above the clip I wanted to fix
Create an opacity mask on the black video clip
Feather the mask and adjust to taste
Add a fade in and fade out on the black clip
Depending on the horsepower of your computer, you many need to render the clip before being able to see the effect in real time.
Thank you MtD for a quick response.
That was pretty much what I did before, just failed miserably with the mask settings.
After reading your reply and calming my nerves I managed to get over this issue... Finally!
Meg The Dog's answer would work. Another way to do this is to create a rectangle in an essential graphic with a gradient fill.
In the File/Edit menu at the top of the screen click Graphics > New Layer > Rectangle. Adjust the Rectangle size in your program monitor with the blue dots on the corners.
In the Essential graphics window (Window > Essential Graphics if it isn't already open) click the Edit tab, then click Shape 01. Scroll down and click the grey box next to fill.
In the Color Picker box that pops up change from Solid to Linear Gradient. Click the arrows in the gradient bar to change the color, the arrows on top are the opacity level and the arrows on the bottom are the color. For your question you will want to make both the bottom arrows black and make one of the top arrows 100% and on 0%.
If you want to add more colors or opacity levels in between the arrows just click an empty space between them.
Excellent suggestion. There are normally alternate ways of doing X, many not ... obvious, to be polite ... and sometimes quicker & more elegant a solution than the expected solutions.
There is an easier way to do this since Pr 13.n at least.
1. Make a shape using the shape tool in the tools panel
2. Click on the Fill swatch
3. Set the Gradient pulldown as needed
4. Set all your color/opacity stops as needed
It looks like this:
Hey, thanks for posting that James ... again, even simpler ...
Interesting, didn't know there were rectangle or ellipse tools. They're kind of placed in a strange spot, you'd think it would be grouped in with the text tool since they are both tools for Essential Graphics.
Thanks for your post.
I tried that as well, but I guess in my frustration I couldn't make sense of the controls.
I'll try that again next time!
I followed Tucker's instructions and it works well, one thing I needed to change was the gradient direction from horizontal to vertical. That's the gradient line from Jame's photo, move those point up and down, and then it works. Between Tucker and James it's just a difference of how you get the rectangle.
Good point, Myer. Yes that blue line is the Direct Manipulation UI for Gradients. You can set gradient Angle, Start, Stop and Mid Points with it right inside your Program Mon.
The people that help here are amazing, but honestly, there are answers for questions like this at YouTube that have very specific examples. I just watched one the other day opacity gradients that was really good.
I'm not sure I'm understanding. A bit more specifics of what you're trying to do would help. But I think you should create a new post with details about what you are trying to do, I think it may have actually nothing to do with the effect this thread is about.