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Gradient and Rounded Rectangle - Need help!

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Sup. 8)

OK so here's what I'm trying to do. I'm trying to create a square box, 256x256, with rounded edges using the Rounded Rectangle tool. I want to use the Gradient tool over it (Green to Blue) but unfortunately this messes with the rounded edges, the semi-transparent pixels become completely opaque.

I tried something that almost worked. I created layer #1 with just a white background, Layer #2 was the square box with rounded edges, and layer #3 was the Gradient tool and created a box, also 256x256, with square edges and changed the Blending mode to "Screen", this created the desired effect but every time I merged layers 2 and 3 it no longer looked like it was.

Please help me understand this. Thanks.

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Your best method would be to create your gradient, and then use an alpha mask to cut it into the shape of the rounded rectangle. :-) Take a look in searchpaint.net to find the Alpha Mask Import plugin.


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