I've done this 100s of times all the sudden it doesn't work. I pick a gradient and try to set it to the text and the text turns to black any idea why this is happening? Gradients work fine with object but for some reasons text cannot be anything but a solid color. This is in CS4.
It might be worth noting that I can set a gradient for the stroke on text which in itself is odd as I haven't been able to do that in the past.
select the object and do a screen shot of the appearance panel and post it.
I think that you may be trying to fill the type at the text object level when you want to do it at the character level or vice verse.
As far as the gradient stroke I think you are actually using an added fill with an offset that is being filed and it is stacked behind a black fill.
if there is a black fill and a gradient fill drag the gradient above the black fill.
I am going to try this one more time.
Select the type with a selection tool and then show the Appearance Panel
Take a screen shot of the type and the Appearance Panel.
Post the screen shot of the appearance panel. while you have the text selected.
I've done this 100s of times all the sudden it doesn't work.
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In older versions, an extra fill was needed to change colour and make gradients. Is this a simplifying change in CS4 (along with the gradient stroke option)?
Let's try this one more time.
With the selection tool (black arrow) select the Text, do not use the text tool use the selection tool.
Then place the appearance panel so it will also be in the screen shot and while the text is selected with the selection tool tale the screen shot.
But it appears you have the black fill at the type object level and the gradient at the character level.
But we have to see. Please.
Following this thread and can't apply a gradient to the text... CS4
Wrote the text... tried to apply gradient fill... not working. Text remains black... by clicking on the Fill in the Appearance Palette/Panel, i can change the fill colour but not get a gradient.
Have tried by selecting the text using the Type Tool (highlighting it) and using the Select Tool (black arrow).
I was actually mistaken as I look closer you d not appear to have fill for the Type but only for the characters which is text at the text level which would allow you to add a color but not such as a gradient for which you have to add a fill to the type level.
If you notice the Type does not have an appearance and so you have to give it one and in this case that would be a fill.
Wade... many thanks...
Excellent tutorial... i tried for ages, yesterday, to highlight the 'Type' in the Appearance Panel and click the Gradient Fill... tried all kinds of things from double-clicking to right-clicking... to standing-on-my-head and clicking ... nothing worked! Never thought i'd have to use / of using the 'Flyout'!