A gradient is a graduated blend of two or more colors or tints of the same color. You can use gradients to create color blends, add volume to vector objects, and add a light and shadow effect to your artwork. In Illustrator, you can create, apply, and modify a gradient using the Gradient panel, the Gradient tool, or the Control panel. Note : A color stop is a point on the Gradient Annotator for linear and radial or on the object for freeform that controls the color of the gradient.
You can change the color of the color stops to set a gradient. Linear gradient B. Radial gradient C. Freeform gradient Points. Linear and Radial gradients can be applied on the fill and the stroke of an object.
The Freeform gradient can be applied only on the fill of an object. You can create or modify a gradient using the Gradient tool or the Gradient panel.
Use the Gradient tool when you want to create or modify gradients directly in the artwork and view the modifications in real time. Active or previously used gradient B. Drop-down list for existing gradients C. Fill color D. Stroke color E. Reverse Gradient F. Gradient Annotator G. Color stop H. Mid point I. Color Picker J. Show or hide options K. Gradient types L. Stroke types M.
Angle N. Aspect Ratio O. Delete Stop P. Opacity Q. Location R. Fill or stroke with color S. Color Stop T. Spread U. Freeform gradient V.
Freeform gradient modes. The Gradient tool and the Gradient panel have many options common between them. However, there are some tasks that you can perform only with the tool or the panel. Using the Gradient tool and the panel, you can specify multiple color stops, their location, and spread. You can also specify the angle adobe illustrator cc gradient tool free download which colors display, the aspect ratio of an elliptical gradient, and the opacity of each color.
For the linear and radial gradient types, when you click the Gradient tool in the toolbar, Gradient Annotator appears in the object. Gradient Annotator is a slider that shows a starting point, an end point, a midpoint, and two color stops for the starting and end points.
Gradient Annotator B. Dotted ring C. Point to change aspect ratio D. Rotation cursor E. Point to resize radial gradient F. End point arrow point G. Selected color stop J.
Origin point. You can use Gradient Annotator to modify the angle, location, and spread of a linear gradient; and the focal point, origin, and spread of a radial gradient. Once the gradient annotator appears in the object, you can either use the Gradient panel or Gradient Annotator to add new color stops, specify new colors for individual color stops, change opacity settings, and drag color stops to new locations. In linear and radial gradient annotators, dragging the circular end starting point of the gradient slider repositions the origin of the gradient and dragging the arrow end end point increases or decreases the range of the gradient.
If you place the pointer over the end point, a rotation cursor appears that you can use to change the angle of the gradient. Note : Freeform gradient lets you place color stops anywhere in the object. Therefore, Freeform gradient does not require a Gradient Annotator. When you click the Gradient tool adobe illustrator cc gradient tool free download apply a gradient for the first time, the White, Black gradient is applied by default.
If you had applied the gradient previously, the last used gradient is applied on the object by default. Illustrator also provides a predefined set of gradients that you can set adobe illustrator cc gradient tool free download the Gradient panel or the Swatches panel.
In addition, you can create a gradient and save it in the Swatches panel for future use. To apply adobe illustrator cc gradient tool free download predefined or a saved adobe illustrator cc gradient tool free download from the Gradient panel:. Based on your requirements, you can choose to apply a linear, radial, and freeform gradient to your artwork. To copy a freeform gradient from one object to another, use the Color Picker tool in the toolbar. You can set the spread of a color stop in the points freeform gradient.
Spread is the circular area around the color stop in which a gradient is to be applied. To set the spread of a color stop, select the color stop and do one of the following:. Note : You can also drag the line segments and join them together if you want. When you apply a gradient, the default experience is applied on the selected object. This option is disabled for the Windows bit machine. You can modify the color, origin, opacity, location, and angle of a gradient from the Gradient tool, Gradient panel, Control panel, and Properties panel.
To directly enter into the gradient editing mode from the Gradient panel, select the object and click the Edit Gradient button.
You can then edit the options, such as color stops, color, angle, opacity, location, aspect ratio, etc. Adobe illustrator cc gradient tool free download of the same color B. Two different colors C. Modified angle D. Resized annotator E. Changed location. Two different colors B. Changed origin within the dotted ring C. Changed location of Gradient Annotator Adobe illustrator cc gradient tool free download.
Changed aspect ratio E. Changed mid-point location. Note : When you select a adobe illustrator cc gradient tool free download stop for gradient, the Control panel and the toolbar show options for modifying color stops. In addition, the color options are displayed on the Color tab to the right. Color stop Adobe illustrator cc gradient tool free download.
Spread C. Opacity D. Color E. Swatches F. Color Picker G. Swatch colors. Note : Gradient Annotator cannot be resized with the starting point origin. To reverse the colors in the gradient, click Reverse Gradient in the Gradient panel. If you want to create a single, multicolored object on which colors can flow in different directions use a mesh object.