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Adding a gradient layer

Right now, your “invitational” element is merely a work path, not something that would show up in print. To start the process of making it appear in the poster, you’ll create a gradient layer that you can combine with the work path in the procedure following this one.

1.
In the Layers palette, click the New Layer button () to create a new Layer 2.

2.
In the toolbox, select the Gradient tool ().

3.
Set the foreground to white and the background to black, by pressing D to set the default colors (black and white) and then pressing X to reverse them (white and black).

4.
In the tool options bar, click the pop-up arrow to open the gradient picker.

5.
Select the second gradient option in the top row (Foreground to Transparent), and then press Enter.

6.
Shift-drag the Gradient tool from left to right across the image.

The gradient covers the entire image, with the underlying layers showing through the transparent areas.


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