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Old 04-07-2009, 08:25 AM   #3
Howard Allen
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If you don't mind the blind leading the blind, I'd never done this before, but I just tried it in Illustrator (CS3) and it took me a while to figure out, but it turns out to be very easy:

1) Create your background object (say, a photo).
2) Either on the same layer, or a new layer, create your overlying object (say, a rectangle).
3) Fill the overlying object with a gradient (say, black to white).
4) With the object still selected, go to the Transparency palette, and select the "Multiply" blending mode.
That's it! See example, attached (I added the orange text on a second layer, to make it comparable to your example).

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