Fade image from normal to transparent with Fireworks
I have Fireworks 8. I remember using the trial version of Fireworks MX and doing the tutorial about some ad that had an old Cadillac that involved fading the rear of that car from normal visibility to whited out. I want to do something similar with one of my images, except I want it to have normal visibility at one end and then fade to completely transparent at the other end (or at least fade into the color of the background, which is a beige color). I hope you know what I am talking about because I have tried searching for this effect but can't find anything.
I do know where the Convert to alpha filter is and how to turn on Live Filters, but I can't figure out how to make it work similar to a gradient. I hope one of you can help me with this.
Thank you for the link. I joined the forum there and did some looking around. It took a while before I finally found a non-related article that referred to something else but brought to my attention the menu item in Fireworks, Command | Creative | Fade. I don't know how I missed that. It was exactly what I was looking for. Amazingly enough, using the keyword "fade" in the Fireworks help applet did not bring that up as a result.
Hoopermans technigue is good if you need simple fade (fast). But if you need more then just ad simple fade (like fading the edges of image) you can do it with mask. Just use pen tool instead of griadient tool in that.
This can also be accomplished with Photoshop right? And if so are the steps simple enough?
Yes. If you add a quick mask to your layer, you can drag a gradient (black->transparent) to create a fading effect. If you don't care so much about transparency, you can drag a white to transparent gradient on a new layer above your art work.