If you want to edit the Linear Gradient Mask, ensure that you have selected the correct layer in the Layers tool and that you have selected Draw Linear Gradient Mask (L). You can now move the start line or end line by dragging them, rotate the mask by hovering the mouse over the central line, and reposition the entire mask.
You can even adjust the distance from the start or end line to the central line independently by holding down Alt while dragging them. This way you can adjust the transition zone from 100% to 50% mask to cover a large area while the transition zone from 50% to 0% can be short.
- Go to the Layers tool and select the layer with a Linear Gradient Mask.
- Long-press the Draw Mask icon and select Draw Linear Gradient Mask from the drop-down menu or use the keyboard shortcut L.
- Click on the start line or end line and drag them to adjust the gradient coverage. Hold down Alt to be able to adjust the start line or end line independently; the central line will stay idle and only the selected coverage zone will change.
- You can rotate the mask by hovering the mouse over the central line (the cursor will change to a rotate icon) and drag up or down. Hold down Shift while dragging to lock the rotation to angles of 45-degree increments.
- It is possible to reposition the entire mask by hovering the mouse anywhere over the gradient mask (the cursor will change to a move icon) and dragging it to a new position.
Useful keyboard shortcuts
- Hold down Shift while creating the Linear Gradient Mask to lock the rotation to angles of 45-degree increments.
- Click on a layer and hold down Command/Ctrl to reposition the mask without the need to have the Draw Linear Gradient Mask cursor selected.
- Hold down Alt while dragging either the start line or the end line to adjust the two mask transition zones independently.
- Hold down Shift while dragging either the start line or the end line to resize the mask symmetrically (the center line will stay idle).
- Hold down Shift while dragging the center line to lock the rotation to angles of 45-degree increments.