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Black-to-transparent gradient lightens the layers beneath?

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When I create a black-to-transparent gradient (pixel layer), it has the unexpected effect of lightening the layers beneath when the gradient layer is set to "Normal" blend mode. I have to change it to "Darken" to prevent this effect.

Why does this lightening occur? This should not happen on a black-to-transparent gradient, even in Normal blend mode. Am I creating the gradient incorrectly?

Key to images:

#1 - The relevant portion of the image, before gradient is created

#2 - The gradient settings

#3 - The gradient placement

#4 - A comparison of Normal and Darken blend modes after the gradient has been applied. On the left is Normal, and you can see a lightened haze. On the right is Darken, and there is no such haze. It is most visible on the jacket, on either side of the text.

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