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I've noticed it many times. When you apply a gradient map in Photoshop to any image or layer, the opacity doesn't work for any points (highlighted in yellow).

Basically, I want one color to be 100% opaque, and other should be 100% transparent, so it doesn't affect unwanted areas of my image.

But when I tried to move the opacity slider or bring down the value to 0%, it didn't show any change. Why is it so?

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  • A gradient map doesn't support transparency. If you want to apply a gradient map selectively, you'd need to make a selection first so that the gradient map is only applied to the selected areas.
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 8 '20 at 11:43
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Adobe doesn't give excuses. It's not implemented and that's that. A marketing person could say "Our software is designed for highest quality, best performance and to meet customer's needs with pinpoint accuracy. Wish you well and happy new year!".

You can insert a layer mask to make the transparency as an extra step. Make a gradient map where the stops are in the same places, but the colors are black and white.

Here's another fightaround: Photoshop, gradient map to transparent?

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  • Well. Adobe doesn't give excuses. What do you mean by this?
    – Vikas
    Feb 8 '20 at 13:00
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    In their support Adobe can tell does something exist or not if one asks, but they do not explain why a program hasn't still got this or that.
    – user287001
    Feb 8 '20 at 13:18

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