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    Using the Gradient Tool effectively

    Hey i was watching the tutorial by cabrera where he is painting an alien, and somehow, when he uses the gradient tool, it only applies the color onto the alien and not onto the background area. Yes i am working on a new layer and not on the BG. Is there someway to select everything drawn on a layer leaving out the transparent space behind it? That would be a great help.

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    Check "preserve transparency" in the layers palette.


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    i had to click the 'lock transparent pixels' above the layer list. is that the same thing, i think its giving me the same effect? thanks

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    Yup, I was having a momentary flashback to PS 5.5.


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    Press "CTRL" and then click in palette icon of your layer.
    You will get a selection of what is not transparent.

    Is this what you ment?

    But what has this to do with the gradient tool?

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