I want to make a simple gradient in GIMP. The left edge and right edge should be white, the middle 100% transparent. The rate of change shouldn't be linear, I want the transparent part to be much wider than the left and right parts, giving the impression of the edges of the picture fading away when placed on a white background.
I went into the Gradient editor, but couldn't figure out how to use it. I could only add new segments by replicating existing ones, and then changing the endpoint colors at one of them also changed the colors of all other replicas.
I also tried opening copies of existing multi-color gradients for editing, such as Abstract 2, but I couldn't figure out how they are made. Whichever segment I selected, the context menu insisted that the end points are red and magenta, even when I was in the middle of a segment transitioning from sandy yellow to green.
I tried looking into the documentation, but if the solution is in there, I didn't find it.
Any ideas how I'm supposed to use the editor to get my gradient?