I'm just learning how to work with layers and masks and finding things aren't as easy as it should be - at least don't work like I expect so I hope someone can tell me something basic I'm doing wrong. I have a two layer system and applied a layer mask to the top layer. I want to place a radial gradient on the layer mask to hide some of the top layer. So while I have the layer mask selected, I select the gradient tool > radial gradient > Mode = Screen, Opacity = 100%, Dither checked and Transparency checked. Gradient starts black and goes to white. When I try to make the radial gradient nothing happens using the layer as my guide for drawing the gradient..
My layer mask works if I simply paint black with a brush tool. So why doesn't this work with the gradient tool?
Is your Layer Mask "Hide All" or "Reveal All"? You may need to try using a different Mode, such as Multiply, and possibly reversing the gradient.
Don't set your gradient's blend mode to screen. It won't do anything. Just leave it to normal and that way you will get the blend of Black to White. A blend mode like screen will keep only the white part of the gradient which reveals everything. But your default Layer Mask starts as White so you won't see anything. Just set the gradient's blend mode to Normal and follow your same steps and you should be fine.
That fixed it. Thanks. I don't remember ever changing that setting if in fact it was not set as default from the start.