How To Create A Fade Effect In Photoshop
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Hi, my name's Tom. I'm am edit assistant and a graphic designer. In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to create a fade effect using Adobe Photoshop CS4.
Okay, this is the fade effect that I was talking about. It's a slight white blend from the bottom of the page up into the image. If we now revert back to the original image, you can see what I'm talking about there.
This is a very quick tutorial for you to master, don't need that layer there, okay so what I'm now going to do is I'm going to create a new layer underneath the layer that we have already selected, which is our image. To do this, a very quick way which is, if you are a shortcut person, is to hold down apple or control if you're using a PC, shift and the letter N. It gives you this option here, see I find it quite useful to rename your layers if you're using lots of layers within Photoshop, it can get a bit confusing about where stuff is, so I'm just going to call this layer the Fade, hit OK and as we can see here, the Fade layer that I've just created has moved above the image that we started with originally.
So what I'm going to do now is I'm going to drag this layer below my original layer and you can see here that the structure of our document has changed already, so I'm now going to fill this entire layer here with the colour white, now you can use any colour that you want, just for this image, it works quite well to use the colour white. So I'm going to use our paint bucket which can be found over here on the left-hand side of your palette, the shortcut for that is G, so with the right colour selected down here on the left-hand side, you've got the colour white, just going to click in the space, now you can see here in this little thumbnail that is turned white, if I remove the layer there using the eye, you see we've got this nice, new, white canvas. Okay, so what we're now going to use, right now what we're going to do is we're going to create a mask on our image above to blend in the white image we have below, so selecting the layer on the top I'm going to come down to this little icon here which is a circle within a rectangle and that's how you set the mask, see, add layer mask as it's displaying there, just going to click on that and this will create this new layer which is attached to our picture there that we have here.
Now, we're going to use the gradient tool which was underneath the Fill Bucket Tool that we had here on the left-hand side, if you click and hold on the icon, you can then select the different options, so we want Gradient Tool. Also, if you're a shortcut person, if you hold down Shift and press any letter on the keyboard which relates to one of the tools, you can cycle through the different options within that tool. So holding down Shift, pressing G, you can flip between the Paint Bucket Tool or the Gradient Tool.
So this instance, we want to use the Gradient Tool, so now all we need to do is create our grade so you need to make sure you've got the right grade setting, so if you come up to the top left-hand corner of your screen, you'll see you've got this menu here. So if we double click on there, you'll see there's the lots of different presets we have selected, what you want to use is you want to use the Foreground to Transparent layer which will turn the bottom of the image white to an opaque top, just hit OK. So holding down the Shift key, which will help you draw a straighter line, just click on the bottom of the image and then drag up the image, it doesn't matter, anywhere on the image because it's going to do it to the whole image so click and drag up.
As you can see there, we've created a fade from the bottom of the image all the way up into the image above. This might take you a few goes, it's all about experimenting, so if you want to revert back to a previous, sorry, if you want to revert back to what you had before, you press Apple or Control on your keyboard and then press Z, that's your Undo