Photoshop: Transparency in gradient maps.

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I wonder why transparency doesn't work with gradient maps to get very complicated effects. See thread here:
There are no easy ways to get something like this, using transparency gives always solid colors:

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Michael Prescott

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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.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Opacity in Gradient Maps.
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Michael Prescott

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Or at the very least, get rid of the misleading, do-nothing controls.
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5 years later, still doesn't work