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How to Create Text Fade Effects in Photoshop CS6

Adobe Photoshop CS6 has a tool that allows you to fade text out. To create text that appears to fade out, just follow these steps:

  1. Enter the words fading out slowly (or other text of your choice) into a new type layer.

  2. Choose Layer→Layer Mask→Reveal All.

    This step creates a mask that can show or hide some of the layer. With Reveal All selected, the layer defaults to showing everything on the layer without hiding any of it.

  3. Press D to make sure that Photoshop’s colors are the default black and white.

  4. Select the Gradient tool from the Tools panel.

    Or press Shift+G until the Gradient tool is active.

  5. Select the Linear Gradient fill from the Options bar.

  6. In the Options bar, click the Gradient picker (down-pointing arrow) and select the Foreground to Background gradient.

    This is, by default, the first one in the panel, unless you’ve changed the defaults.

  7. Click the layer mask’s icon in the Layers panel to make sure it’s active. You will see brackets around the layer mask thumbnail icon.

  8. Click on the left side of the type layer and drag to the right side.

    Photoshop creates a gradient in the layer mask that’s black on the right and fades to white on the left. So, the mask is most transparent on the left side (where the mask is white) and least transparent on the right side (where the mask is black). It reveals more of the original type on the left and fades it out on the right.

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