I see this line effect in a lot of mobile apps. It looks pretty nice. How can I recreate this effect in Photoshop?

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  • Create a green background
  • Draw the 2 lines with line tool
  • Double-click on the line layer
  • Apply bevel emboss > pillow emboss (select from dropdown)
  • Rasterize both line layers
  • Select marquee tool > fade from top > and then delete the bottom part of the line layer, apply this on both layers

You can follow these screenshots, I tried to explain this as easy/best as I can.

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My output : I reduced its opacity to 55% you can use 100% or anything to make it look more appealing ....

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Hope this will help

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    Alternatively if you're using layer styles you can use the "gradient overlay" to create that fade-out effect on the bottom in tandem using the blending modes. – Hanna Nov 29 '11 at 7:49
  • yes another way to avoid marquee fade option.. – Jack Nov 29 '11 at 8:03

I would do it like this:

  1. Make a new layer.

  2. Make a Black line with Line Tool in that layer. Put Fill Pixels setting on so you can deselect anti-aliasing.

  3. Go to that layers Blending Options.

    • Add Drop Shadow Blend Mode: Overlay.
    • Color: White.
    • Angle: 180 or 0.
    • Distance: 1px.
    • Spread: 0%. Size: 0px. Noise: 0px.
    • Make sure that "Layer knocks out drop shadow" is selected.
    • You might want to set opacity down a bit as well.
  4. From above Drop Shadow in the "Bleding options: Default" Set Blend Mode: Overlay. Set fill to match the white drop shadow. Then adjust the Opacity above to give both of the lines a general opacity. ( And when I say match, I mean so that it looks good.. )

  5. For the "fade to transparent" look, I would use Eraser tool with Soft Round Brush that of course has hardness 0 if that isn't clear enough. ( Or Layer mask and do same thing with Brush Tool and Black color. )

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