Apply a gradient to an object
To apply the last used gradient, click the Gradient box in the Tools panel or the Gradient Fill box in the Gradient panel.
To apply the last used gradient to an unselected object that currently does not contain a gradient, click the object with the Gradient tool .
To apply a preset or previously saved gradient, choose a gradient from the Gradient menu in the Gradient panel or click a gradient swatch in the Swatches panel.
Tip: To display only gradients in the Swatches panel, click the Show Swatch Kinds button and choose Show Gradient Swatches.
Create an elliptical gradient
You can create linear, radial, or elliptical gradients. When you change the aspect ratio for a radial gradient, it becomes an elliptical gradient for which you can also change the angle and make it tilt.
Modify the colors in a gradient
To modify a gradient without filling an object with it, deselect all objects and double-click the Gradient tool or click the gradient box at the bottom of the Tools panel.
To modify an object’s gradient, select the object, and open the Gradient panel.
To modify a preset gradient, select a gradient from the Gradient menu in the Gradient panel. Or, click a gradient swatch in the Swatches panel, and then open the Gradient panel.
Double-click a gradient stop (in either the Gradient panel or the selected object), and specify a new color in the panel that appears. You can change the panel that appears by clicking the Color or Swatches icon along the left. Click outside the panel to accept the selection.
Drag a color from the Color panel or the Swatches panel onto the gradient stop.
If you create a gradient between spot colors, you must deselect Convert To Process in the Separation Setup dialog box to print the gradient in individual spot color separations.
To adjust the midpoints of the gradient’s color stops (the point at which two color stops are 50%), drag a diamond icon located above the slider or select the icon and enter a value from 0 through 100 in the Location box.
To adjust the endpoints of the gradient’s color stops, drag the leftmost or rightmost gradient stop below the gradient slider.
To reverse the colors in the gradient, click Reverse Gradient in the Gradient panel.
Apply a gradient across multiple objects
To create a gradient with one gradient slider, click in the artboard where you want the gradient to start, and drag to where you want the gradient to end.
To create a gradient with a gradient slider for every selected object, click in the artboard where you want the gradient to start, and Alt-drag (Windows) or Option-drag (Mac OS) to where you want the gradient to end. You can then adjust the different gradient sliders for the different objects. (Multiple gradient sliders are only created for simple paths.)
Change gradient direction, radius, or origin
Once you have filled an object with a gradient, you can use the Gradient tool and the gradient annotator (slider) inside the object to modify the gradient by drawing a new fill path. This tool lets you change the direction of a gradient, the origin, and the beginning point and endpoint of a gradient.
Changing gradient radius and angle at the same time
To change the direction of a linear gradient, click where you want the gradient to start and drag in the direction you want it to appear. Or, position the Gradient tool on the gradient annotator in the object, and when the cursor changes to the rotation icon , drag to set the angle of the gradient.
note: You can also change the direction by setting a new value in the Angle box in the Gradient panel.
To change the radius of a radial or elliptical gradient, position the Gradient tool on the arrow of gradient annotator in the object and drag to set the radius.
To change the origin of the gradient, position the Gradient tool on the beginning of the gradient annotator in the object and drag it to the desired location.
To change the radius and angle at the same time, Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) the end point, and drag to the new location.
note: If the gradient annotator (gradient slider) does not appear when you position the Gradient tool in an object that has a gradient, choose View > Show Gradient Annotator.