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Chapter 11. Standard Effects in Action > Using the Gradient Wipe

Using the Gradient Wipe

The name Gradient Wipe might mislead you into thinking the effect must resemble a plain vanilla gradient, or a tacky wipe transition. On the contrary, it's far more versatile.

As a compound effect, the Gradient Wipe makes a layer become transparent gradually, based on the luminance values of another layer, called a gradient layer. The areas to become transparent first correspond to the darkest areas of the gradient layer; the areas to become transparent last correspond to the brightest areas. Of course, the gradient layer doesn't have to be a simple gradient. You can achieve an infinite variety of transitions by creating custom patterns to use as the effect source.


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