"Gradient to transparency" in Photoshop

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by ranguvar, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. ranguvar macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I got an image of a button. That button's background is a simple linear gradient. On top of the gradient, there's a glyph. (The button looks somewhat like iTunes' "Shuffle" and "Repeat" buttons in the lower left corner.)

    I want to extract the glyph from the button, so I can use it on another background. In GIMP, there's a feature called "Color to transparency", but what I'm looking for is a "Gradient to transparency" feature.

    Is there anything such in Photoshop?

    P.S.: I did use google, but it didn't come up with any solutions....
     
  2. Shoesy macrumors 6502a

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    Any chance of a picture so we can see what you mean?
     
  3. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    In Photoshop you can create a gradient from a colour to nothing. i.e. 100% to 0% or anything in between.

    EDIT: Seeing below I get what you mean now. Can't you just draw it in a vector program?
     
  4. ranguvar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sure:

    Imagine I got this image of a button. After doing the "gradient to transparency" thing, I'd like to have the extracted glyph, somewhat like this.
     
  5. jampat macrumors 6502a

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    Can't you just select the arrows, then invert and delete? They have a well defined edge that should be easy for photoshop to get.
     
  6. ranguvar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, but imagine it was a more complex shape, e.g. with blurred edges.
     
  7. Kwill macrumors 68000

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    Can you draw the shapes with a vector illustration program? Do they have to be "selected?" You second example resembles the Photoshop bevel and emboss layer style.
     
  8. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

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    IMHO you'd be better off just tracing it in Illustrator or a similar vector program...
     

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