Opacity in Gradient Maps

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Right now, opacity settings in gradient maps appear to have no effect whatsoever. This is misleading - because, hey, why can we set opacity in a gradient if it doesn't do anything? But more importantly, if it worked, it would rock. By 'work', I mean if the opacity of the gradient was interpreted as a sort of smart layer mask for the application of the gradient itself.

As a basic test, create the following layers, top to bottom:

1. Gradient Map
2. White with black squiggles

Set the gradient map so that it runs from 100% opaque red to 0% opaque red.

What I see: the entire picture goes red

What I want to see: the squiggles go red, the white shows through.
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Correct, opacity has no effect in gradient maps. It's been that way since gradient maps were added to Photoshop.
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Michael Prescott

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Hi Chris. Wow, so it's been a problem for some time.

Are there any plans to either get rid of the do-nothing opacity controls, or to make them do something? The latter would be awesome, but the former would have saved me some time and disappointment.