I've got two objects that I would like to apply a gradient mesh to. They're both compound paths and despite lots of mentions on the internet that you can't apply a gradient mesh to a compound path, you can. When I select one I get the option to create a gradient mesh. When I select the other I also get the option. However, no matter how I try to join the two objects (releasing compound paths, selecting everything, creating new compound path) when combined, they won't allow me to create a gradient mesh. What's weird is that even after I've done this each object still allows me to create a gradient mesh but when I select both of them together they won't. I've tried everything, pathfinder options, reversing paths etc. but nothing works. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks!
You don't have compound paths.
Either that or you've got the only copy of Illustrator in the world which allows meshes on compound paths. That's not an exageration. Illustrator can not create gradient meshes from compound paths. It just can't.
My guess is when you use Pathfinder, etc, you are then creating a compound path and that's why you can't apply a mesh at that point.
Without seeing the artwork it's really impossible to answer.
Thanks for the reply Scott. Ok, maybe it isn't a compound path, only when I go to Object>Compound Path it gives me the option to release so that's why I'm thinking that.
If they're not compound paths, how can I join the two non-overlapping objects so they behave as one object without making a compund path out of them? That's how I would usually do it? Sorry for the noob questions.
You could group them (Object > Group)
You could drag them both to the Symbol Panel and create a symbol out of them.
It's exceptionally difficult to provide specific answers without some visuals to show construction.
Yeah, I realise it's difficult but it's for a large multinational and I can't really release anything. It's only for a !!?*!! visual as well!!! Even one of the artworking guys here can't work it out. No worries, we'll try and get around it, it's had got to the stage where I couldn't let it beat me, but I am going to gracefully accept defeat. Thanks for the help.
Yeah, I tried Unite, Exclude and Divide to try and achieve what I was after however none of them worked.
Let's say it's this logo. It isn't but it will do for illustrative purposes as it is similar to the one I am working on. Let's say the logo itself is one of the objects and the 'TM' underneath is the other object. In my case the 'TM' is the brand name so it's a bit more important and much larger. I can select the logo and apply a gradient mesh. I can select the brand name and apply a gradient mesh. However I can't select both and apply a gradient mesh. In the case of the starbucks logo, how would I knock out the crown i.e. make it white out of the green, without using a compound path? Using pathfinder commands result in a compound path.
I honesly don't know what you mean by 'Select both and apply a gradient mesh." Meshes work on 1 object at a time. You can't work on 2 objects in unison. Or, are you referring to the Object Menu item for Gradient mesh?