Freebie - Transparent Fades for Illustrator
These were created using Opacity Mask features in illustrator. You can actually move these back and forth between Illustrator & Photoshop.
Easy to edit
The download is the set of transparent fading backrounds in solid colors, grayscale and patterns.
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Use opacity masks to create transparency
You use an opacity mask and a masking object to alter the transparency of the underlying artwork. The opacity mask (also referred to as masked artwork) provides the shape through which other objects show. The masking object defines which areas are transparent and the degree of transparency. You can use any colored object or raster image as the masking object. Illustrator uses the grayscale equivalents of the colors in the masking object for the opacity levels in the mask. Where the opacity mask is white, the artwork is fully visible. Where the opacity mask is black, the artwork is hidden. Shades of gray in the mask result in varying degrees of transparency in the artwork.