In cs6 I have a square with a solid color and I select the gradient tool with a linear option and I want to apply the gradient to the shape, though when I move the Gradient tool onto my Artboard it has the crosshairs indicator with a small circle in the lower right corner with a slash through it and I am unable to apply the gradient. I don't remember it being this way in earlier versions, though perhaps it was. Why is it not working?
EDIT: After reading your post again, maybe there's something else going since you mention the a circle with a slash through it, as if a gradient can't be applied to the shape you drew.
Just for comparison, I have CS5 on hand at the moment to test.
I'll create a square with a solid color. If I go to the gradient panel, the type of gradient appears blank (since you mention choosing linear). I'll click the blank type and choose linear from the pop-up menu. A gradient is then instantly applied to the square, often the most recent used. This is all without having the gradient tool selected.
Is this that where you selected the linear option?
From my understanding, you can slash all you want, but it won't do anything unless the gradient has already been applied. Adding a gradient fill can be done several ways, such as mentioned above or by clicking just about anything else in the gradient panel, select a gradient from the swatches, or my favorite, simply hitting the period key. Also note: slash clears the fill and comma adds a solid color.
Hope this helps for now.
That isdefinitely the problem as that is also the main difference between earlier version of Illustrator and CS 6 as far as gradients go.
You can now add a gradienttoa stroke as well as a fill.
To further add, while you can add gradients to strokes, you can't use the gradient tool on them, which explains the symbols you were probably seeing. When you get around to using this new feature of CS6, you adjust how the gradient is applied to the stroke with the the three options in the gradient panel under stroke. I do hope one day you can use the gradient tool on strokes for full control.
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