Hi Doc,

Right click on the layer in the layers dialog, create
layer mask.  Edit that, then right click on layer and
apply layer mask.

Alternately, click on the quick mask selection, and
draw a black-white gradient across the mask.  Quick
mask back to selection, and cut.

I'd also suggest checking out
http://www.gimp-savvy.com if you are looking for a
more approachable manual.  The author has really done
an excellent job on this book (you may consider buying
it even after viewing it online in its entirety).  

Happy GIMPing,
Seth Burgess

--- "D. R. Evans" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> OK, I'm sure this is simple, but I spent a couple of
> hours last night 
> trying to figure out how to do it. I also looked in
> the User Manual, 
> but basically I find that pretty close to
> incomprehensible. 
> Experience shows that I understand what it tries to
> tell me only 
> after I've figured it out for myself.
> Anyway, here's the simple question:
> I have a small layer sitting on top of the stack. I
> would like to 
> "fade" the image contained in that layer, left to
> right, so that one 
> side (the right side) is completely opaque and the
> other side (the, 
> er, left side, I guess) is completely transparent.
> So far I figured out that I need to add an alpha
> channel (which I 
> think I've done OK), and then I probably want to put
> a simple left-
> right gradient in that channel, but I'm blowed if I
> can figure out 
> how to edit the alpha channel. It doesn't appear in
> the list of 
> channels on the Layers, Channels, Paths dialogue,
> but I'm pretty sure 
> that I've created it OK.
> So how do I get the alpha channel visible so that I
> can edit it?
> Thanks so much for any help. And remember, I'm a
> newbie so please be 
> nice to me.
>   Doc Evans

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