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How to make an opaque to transparent gradation on Illustrator

How to make an opaque to transparent gradation on Illustrator

I will introduce how to make an opaque to transparent gradation on Illustrator.

The method is like in the picture above. It is a method that takes a so-called object such as a photo or image and makes it gradually transparent. It is used often in things like web and flyer header images.

The method is simple and uses a function called the opacity mask. First, let’s use a simple picture and look at the method.

Step01 Draw a random shape on Illustrator

Draw a random shape. For example, I drew a circle.

Step02 Reproduce the image in the same place

Reproduce the same image on top of the image you drew.

Select the object, and press Ctrl+C (Edit→Copy)、Ctrl+F(Edit→Paste on top). (Ctrl+V is a simple paste but Ctrl+F pastes on top in the same place.)

Step03 Apply a white/black gradation to the circle on top

Apply a white/black gradation to the circle on top.

Select the object and set the gradation panel (Window→Gradation) like in the above picture.

Step04 Make an opacity mask

Select the two circles. (Ctrl+A or [Select→Select All])

With those selected, click the transparency panel (Window→Transparency), click the upper left (refer to the above picture)→Click make an opacity mask.

Step05 An opacity mask is applied!

An opacity mask is applied! Though it is fine as is, this time I want to make it transparent from left to right, so reflect it.

Continuing as is, click reflect the mask on the transparency panel.

Step06 The mask that becomes transparent is reflected

The mask has been reflected.

With that, the gradation that becomes transparent from left to right is finished.

Step07 Prepare photos

Now, I think I want to try using everything learnt up until now to apply a gradation that will gradually become transparent to a photo.

The method is the same.

Please prepare one photo that you want to apply a gradation that will become transparent to.

Step08 Make a rectangle

In the same way as in Step02, make a rectangle the same size as the photo on top of the photo.

Step09 Apply gradation to the rectangle

Apply gradation to the rectangle.

Because I want to produce a gradation with a gradual transparent effect, the settings are a little more complex than in Step03.

(The above gradation settings are the gradation settings suitable for this photo. Depending on the colours in the photo you prepared, the impression of the transparency will differ, so in that case, please fine-tune position and colour on the gradation panel.)

For a trick, without setting the opaque part too fine, set the position and colour of the gradation finely for the gradation that will become transparent. As well, because it is a white/black gradation, please set the colour mode to grayscale.

Step10 Make an opacity mask

After the gradation settings are finished, like in Step04, click [Select all→Transparency panel→Make an opacity mask].

Step11 Reflect the mask

Continuing that, click Transparency panel (Window→Transparency) and there, click [Reflect mask].

Step12 A gradation that gradually becomes transparent is finished!

A gradation that gradually becomes transparent is finished!

Summary

How to make an opaque to transparent gradation on Illustrator

This time, I introduced how to make a gradation that goes from opaque to transparent on Illustrator. I think the method itself was simple.

Rather, I can also say that the point this time was the setting for a smooth gradation.

Depending on the white/black gradation, the impression of the rate of transparency differs greatly. Because it is an often-used technique, please practice the settings for gradation in Step09, and try to do it reliably by yourself.

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