Another thing...I could do this as a layers style, but there are some subtleties that I can't achieve with layer styles as opposed to adjustment gradient maps. There HAS to be a trick.
I'm trying to re-create your problem and I'm not seeing it. Is "Layer 1" in your screenshot a vector shape layer, type layer, or rasterized layer?
Sorry, should have specified.
- The background layer is obviously the background layer in black.
- On layer 1, I have my type blurred effect.
- On the top layer, I have the adjustment gradient map layer with COLORS. Add colors to adjustment layer.
Thanks for the help.
You might try a Gradient Fill layer instead.
I believe the reason the gradient map isn't working when clipped is because your text is a solid color, in your case white.
There has to be some different colors/tones in the text so the gradient map has something to map to.
As a test try a gradient map layer on a layer filed with any color to see what i'm talking about.
The feathered paint stroke (or whatever it is) of Layer 1 will be pure white (or something close to white, but all one colour) with varying opacity, not various grays, which only appears to be various grays when blended with the black background.
The unclipped Gradient Map will be mapping the blended grays to various colours in the gradient.
The clipped Grad Map will be mapping pure white (or whatever it is) to pure white, then the result is blended with the background black to give the grays appearance again.
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I was able to re-create your problem just one time, but it was random. I didn't understand either why it didn't work on one piece of text vs. another that seemed to have equal properties.
Maybe try to re-type your text and make sure to have no other text styles/properties in that text box. Also, make sure all of your layer effects are turned off on that text layer (like color overlay).
And, if that doesn't work I would just approach whatever you are trying to do differently. Since you can do the same thing in Photoshop about 5 different ways. If you are just trying to add color to a text layer that has a blur effect on it try this:
1. Write your text,
2. Apply blur effect, (your text is now rasterized)
3. User Layer Effects > Gradient Overlay to add color/gradient to your text layer.
Hope that helps.
@ R_Kelly and Conroy....
It was simple and should have been obvious, but nonetheless...genius.
Why didn't I see it!