Probably an obvious PS question

jive

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If you notice the reflection is showing up as white, I'd rather it went away all together and it was just a plain bit of blue-to-nothing gradient.


How do I do this? When I try to use transparency it shows up in black... I've uploaded the .psd for people to see what I mean.



PS: Yes, it is meant to be a bad web2.0 logo copy... It's for a joke but now it annoys me...
 

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panoz7

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Nov 21, 2005
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All fixed. You just need to use transparent gradients (that fade to nothing instead of a color). I attached the psd.

EDIT: I read through your post a bit more. You knew to use transparent gradients. That's good. The problem was the way you set up the layers. You used a shape layer for the reflection. It had a black color. The gradient overlay was just overlaying the black color, so the transparent areas were letting the black go through. To fix this in this situation (there would have been better ways to set up to begin with though) you just need to drop the fill transparency of the shape layer to 0.
 

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etoiles

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instead of using a layer effect, just do it 'manually'. Create a new layer, cntrl-click the 'reflection layer' (to get the selection) and use the gradient fill tool (setup a gradient that goes from foreground color to transparent).

EDIT: ooops, never mind... :)
 

panoz7

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etoiles said:
instead of using a layer effect, just do it 'manually'. Create a new layer, cntrl-click the 'reflection layer' (to get the selection) and use the gradient fill tool (setup a gradient that goes from foreground color to transparent).
That works too... however IMO the best method to get the wanted effect would be to use layer masks. That way the fill colors and shapes can be adjusted later.

I've attached a psd that creates the reflection using that method.
 

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panoz7

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bowens said:
How do you get the nice lighting change at the top of the logo? I've searched around and haven't been able to find how to do this.
The OP did it by cutting the logo into pieces and individually coloring them. A more elegant solution would be using an adjustment layer (either hue-saturation or brightness contrast) with a mask.