Note: This tutorial has been checked and moved for CS6. For the CS6 tutorial view this tutorial.
I will show you how to add multiple transparency gradients to an image in Photoshop CS5. This is more of just a quick simple tip than an actual tutorial and the process should be the same or very similar in other versions of Photoshop. Although we are not actually applying multiple gradient masks we are able to add multiple gradients. Often one gradient in one direction doesn’t acheive the effect we are looking for.
I know I myself tried searching for this recently for a project I was undertaking but couldn’t find much to help out so after much research here is the best way to go about doing it.
Applying Multiple Transparency Gradients to an Image
Open the image you wish to apply the multiple gradients too, We won’t be adding multiple gradients mask but rather mutliple gradients in the one mask. Make sure the image you are working with is not currently a background layer in your layers palette. If it is right click on it and chose Layer from background. This will make our layer editable. Make sure you are not working with your originals naturally.
Now click on the add layer mask buttonThis will open up a layer mask for us to work with. Now select your gradient tool from your tools palette on the left of your screen and make sure your gradient is a transparent gradient. And apply your first gradient. If you try to add a second gradient the first one would now disappear. So here is the trick that will solve this problem for us. Change your gradients mode to multiply.Now add your second gradient to your image and you will find it will now let you, in fact you can now add as many as you like.
Hopefully you have found this tip helpful and see you again soon.