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How to apply linear and radial gradients.
When to use
Gradients can be used to imply light or add depth and value to any shapes, text, or objects in an Illustrator document.
- Begin by opening the 'Gradients - Exercise.ai' file.
- Create a large circle by selecting your Ellipse Tool (L) and holding down the Shift Key while dragging out a shape.
- Open up the Gradient Panel from the right side of the interface.
- Apply a Linear Gradient to the shape, and then try to add a Radial Gradient.
- Try changing the colors used in the gradients to customize it, and play with the sliders to alter the appearance.
- Try to change the gradient from the fill to the stroke and notice how you can only apply Linear Gradients to a stroke.
- Experiment with the opacity settings in your gradient to create solid-to-transparent type gradients.
Hints & tips
- Once you apply a gradient to a shape, text, or other object, you can press 'G' on the keyboard to select the Gradient Tool which allows you to change the direction/origin of your gradient for an even greater variety of looks.
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