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This little Illustrator tutorial video will show you how to use an opacity mask for a solid to transparent gradient effect like those in Photoshop.
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Given 2006-10-20
"Solid to Transparent Gradients" is yet another brilliant video tutorial by *lucky13. Not content with just giving you a step-by-step guide, he explains what he's doing so that you understand - making this tutorial all the better. ( Suggested by Doubtful-Della and Featured by thespook )
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Kelecia Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this! two...hundred thumbs up!
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13thBloodhound Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is it, this is it. 5 thumbs up
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rushdave Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Thank you very much! This was very helpful.
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nomada37 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
thank you, you refresh some missing concepts..
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NiraVancopoulos Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!, thank you so much for this tutorial, is just very helpfully :la:
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luvlemontea Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
awesome! this is very helpful
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MidnightMoon Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Wonderful and very informative. :)
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Flowty Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009   Photographer
Awesome tutorial! Only one trouble: I cannot make the object fully transparent using gradients. I mean, the part that should look fully transparent doesn't :meow: Any tips?
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wow I really loved this! A really nifty technique! Thanks for sharing, and explaining it so well too. :D
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eastercat Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
Wow! This will help me so much in graphics class.
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zombieater Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
:clap:
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zOMGitzFluffy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
You're BRILLIANT!
Thank you so much for this tutorial!
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theredhat Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
That was really helpful!! Thanks! =D
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znow-white Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
Your wonderful tutorial has been featured here.[link]

Thank you for providing the gallery with such awesome Resources.:heart:
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BarryKiddPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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Doubtful-Della Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional Photographer
What program do you use to record your screen videos? I just downloaded CamStudio and the voice doesn't sync up to the video
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BarryKiddPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional Photographer
Same thing. Ive been using CamStudio since version 1 and never had a problem.
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Doubtful-Della Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional Photographer
Maybe it's my computer then. I'll have to try it again
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BarryKiddPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Professional Photographer
Perhaps. I can't say. I wish I could help you out but the program pretty much just runs it's self. I've never had to so anything. other than press "Go"
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Doubtful-Della Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Professional Photographer
Do you submit the full .AVI files? I wish I could create something where the person can pause, rewind, fast forward etc
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BarryKiddPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Professional Photographer
I prefer to upload swf files to deviantARTsince they are so much smaller. My older movies always had controllers but weren't uploaded to DA since we can only upload one file and all the controllers were separate swf files linked with HTML.

The newest version of CamStuido however the controller is built into the final swf so I have finally been able to provide them with the movies here on da.

Another reason for uploading swf files was that, until recently, video was not allowed here on DA but flash or swf was. In fact it was strictly forbidden but the admin sirt of turned a blind eye since I uploaded them as swf rather than avi or mov files.
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Doubtful-Della Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Professional Photographer
Good to know DA supports the swf files. I have never worked with them before
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SibirianBlue Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
Love it!
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MaDFiLiPe Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008
Thanks Man! Really teached me. Awesome tutorial!
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andaloudog Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008
Thanks so much, I needed this today! You must be good if an idiot like me understands it -- thanks again.

Mark
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JayEs89 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Thanks A LOT !

Your stuff is really helpful and it comes to be very practical to me.

keep those tut's coming
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AlexisUnderwoodArts Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hapiness!!!!!!!!!!
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greymattre Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
So very useful. I've complained about not being able to do this very thing in Illustrator before. Thanks for shutting me up. :)
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Miheer Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
hey! that was really helpfull!
thanks man!
nice narration!
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xzidra Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
this is great!! thank you for sharing....but i'm craving for more,
more please!!
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medveh Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Very useful tutorial, thanks for sharing this! I have a question though, is there any way to use these transparent gradients when you finally have to save into an AI8 compatible EPS file without the loss of shapes?
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BarryKiddPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Professional Photographer
I just tried it and it looks as though it will give the appearance of a mask but will not keep it. It will basically be an Opaque gradient from your color of choice to white.
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medveh Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Thanks Barry and I guess there's not too much chance to further edit those opaque gradients.
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BarryKiddPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Professional Photographer
Nope.
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OllieJDesign Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
EXACTLY what I needed. . .thank you!
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willyamPax Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the tutorial
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hydralisk3 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
sooooooooooooooooooooo kai adding NICE TUTORIAL ADDING
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Al-Kabeer Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2007
Thanks for it but u 've to add SOLID GRADIENTS also in this vdo ;-)
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aiddmari Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
thanks for the tutorial =)
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19nomy Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
Very helpful but too many steps and by the time I have to my software open I forget more than half of the steps already. I use to use photoshop and Illustrator but now I switch to Xara Xtreme. It takes about three steps. Draw the black circle, apply the gradient, change the color to anything you like. :D
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Sans-Rival Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwm wish I had Adobe Illustrator...
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Starlightie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Omgsh you have the greatest voice with such a cute accent :P
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BarryKiddPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007  Professional Photographer
Most people would just say "shut up hick!" :)
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Starlightie Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Student Digital Artist
rofl they are silly then :P
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carpenocturne Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007  Student Filmographer
Thanks so much for this tutorial! I dont have Adobe Illudtrator, but I think I'll need to get it! XD
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insomniaxx Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007
excellent tutorial with an understandable clean english=) thats so important! you've no idea that is how important=)
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ilOVemyaRmysoLDieR Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007
OMG! i love this tutorial! Great job ; looking foward to more &&. Soo helpful , thank you!
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photoshop-addict28 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
i never understood opacity masks now i do thank you sooooooo much :D
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Enjoydotcom Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
You're wonderful for doing this. :D
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CelloQuest Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Bless your heart for making this tutorial, it's awesome. :worship: You have a neat accent, btw. :XD:
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