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This post will explain how to do fading (fade out a layer) in Gimp.

Assuming you have an image open...

  1. Add a new layer
  2. Draw the part you want faded
  3. Right click on the layer in the Layers panel/window and select 'Add Layer Mask', then click on Add on the Add Layer Mask dialog (making sure the default value of 'White (full opacity)' is selected).
  4. Select the Blend/Gradient tool and set the Gradient to 'FG to GB(RGB)' .
  5. On the layer click and drag a line where you want the gradient (fade) to start and finish.  The first click is where it will be faded out and the second click is where it will start to fade.
  6. Right click on the layer in the Layers panel/window and select 'Apply Layer Mask'.

That's it.

Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:49 AM Off Topic , OS/Networking/Misc Apps , Web Development, JavaScript & CSS , Graphics | Back to top


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Hey man, this really helped. I had forgotten how to do this and it's a great trick to making an image look good. Thanks!

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Thanks for the help.
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Thanks for telling mate!
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Very helpful; thank you.
Left by Thirdrev on Feb 23, 2010 12:03 PM

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woohoo. great tutorial.. worked like a charm..
Left by just another techie on May 05, 2010 5:06 AM

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excellent, the tip worked for me. many thanks
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i have tried this and it's not working for me....please help! i get stuck on step 5 and 6- nothing happens
Left by Really Petite on Feb 18, 2011 10:42 PM

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Make sure your Foreground/Background is White/Black for your fade.
Left by Greg Bosen on Feb 25, 2011 3:48 PM

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Thanks!
Steps where somewhat different (Gimp for Windows), but got it done within' 30 seconds.
Left by AvanOsch on Apr 23, 2011 4:24 AM

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I don't remember trying the tips but its something I feel I shouldn't miss it, I'm going to tr i. Using Gimp gradient to fade the images sound interesting.
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Select the Blend/Gradient tool and set the Gradient to 'FG to GB(RGB)
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Just changed themes and wanted to do this with the existing header banner. Great tutorial. Thanks! RR
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I recommend these sorts of rubbish. Appreciate it with regards to displaying it all repeatedly.
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I tried using Gimp before and it was hard, but this tutorial helped me out quite a bit. Thanks!
Left by clips on Sep 30, 2012 3:41 PM

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I am a beginner graphic designer would find this page there are many helpful guides
Left by giay nam on Jan 23, 2013 7:34 AM

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Um I have a version of gimp where it wont let me draw a line, just a bucket tool? Please help?
Left by Hi on Mar 08, 2013 3:01 PM

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I got to step 4 but when I tasted it, it was too salty?
Left by Can't follow directions on Apr 12, 2013 9:44 AM

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I now know how to use the blend tool is very useful thanks
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