Transparent to black gradient?


Question

I am trying to recreate the effect on the bottom of this photograph, where it reads "Back from the Darkness". I have the text figured out as far as transforming it to match the perspective. But it's the black gradient that's giving me trouble.

I've tried to use a transparent to black gradient, but I keep getting what appears to be white in the middle of the fading. Is there a tutorial for a similar effect that you can direct me to, because I've been trying everything I can find without success. I'm using Photoshop CS5 64-bit.

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Edit Here is what I'm trying to do. The original picture has that bit of texture there. This one just appears like the gradient is too smooth, and it looks gray, rather than just black on the picture.

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3/1/2012 4:42:00 PM

I'm not sure exactly what problem you're experiencing with your gradient, but you can achieve the black gradient 1 of 2 ways:

  1. Create a layer above the background with a white-to-black gradient and blending mode set to "multiply".

  2. Create a layer above the background with an all-black fill and a black-to-white gradient on the layer mask.

Both techniques above will yield very similar results. Here is a side-by-side of the 2 techniques over a generic texture:
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After you get the gradient the way you like it, you'll may want to adjust it using FilterDistortShear (you have to rotate your canvas first) to provide the arc that's present in the image you're replicating.

Edit:

The original has texture because the image you're trying to imitate starts its text much lower in the frame where there is more texture. Your image starts a bit higher where the texture is washed out. Also, I don't know what source image you're working with but it looks like your image was scaled-up. Scaling tends to reduce sharpness.

Here is a 3-up with the original photo, the target effect, and your attempt. The images have been scaled to make the tunnel as close to the same size as possible. Pay attention to the horizontal guides and where your gradient is positioned as opposed to where the other graphic's gradient is positioned.

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(click for larger)

Source photo found here: http://dark.pozadia.org/wallpaper/Dark-Tunnel/

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3/1/2012 5:07:00 PM

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