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Creating Gradients With Transparent Colors


the_cynic

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I've been using Adobe Illustrator for about 3-4 months now and there's one thing I still can't figure out. How can you create a gradient that has two colors, one transparent in the center and the other a solid that the transparent fades out to? I first tried doing it in Illustrator using the Mesh tool but I quickly figured out that you can't do that.

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* I created these example in Macromedia Flash where you can incorporate colors with 0% alpha.

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:lol: Well, I'll gladly explain it.

What I did is created a circular shape on top of the logo on another layer. Then I did a radial gradient with black and white. Then I went to the Transparency palette, and changed the blending mode (the little drop down menu that says "Normal") to "Multiply". Voila.

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Thanks a lot nitroseed but how do I change the position of center within the gradient?

Well, one way to do it would be to place a third color in the gradient and slide it off center in the gradient palette... if that makes sense.

Yeah that makes since. I figure I'll come up with my own ways of dealing with the handicaps of Illustrator. Thanks Again!

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Thanks a lot nitroseed but how do I change the position of center within the gradient?

what program are you using to this with now? i use others that will allow the x/y offset in percentages, but ill does not. i've found the quickest way in ill is to do the oversized gradient, then mask it and move where needed. if i feel it will stay without changes, i'll trim it so there's no stray vectors. hence, the radial gradient shape will be offset, but the larger (original masked fill) is gone.

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In the past I mainly used Freehand of Flash for something like this. I used to do all my vectoring in Flash but I've transferred over to Illustrator. There's a lot of truth when people say, "once you've gone to Illustrator, you'll never go back!"

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