I am using ai Cs6. I have a circle that I filled with a linear gradient (I do not have stroke selected). I have my gradient filled graphic selected and turned on Show Gradient Annotator from the View menu. But, the annotator does not appear. What am I doing wrong or am I missing a step?
if you select a top level layer or sublayer that only has one path in it, that also will not show the gradient annotator, you have to open that layer and select the path within it (I used the selection circle to the right of the path), then the gradient annotator appears.
If you click the circle for the layer you do not just select that layer, you target it, which means that you are dealing with appearances applied at the layer level. If you click to the right of the layer's circle, you will select the layer, which by default targets the contents of the layer but not the layer itself. If a gradient is applied at the object (path) level, the gradient annotator will appear when the object is targeted, but not when the containing layer is targeted. So, if the gradient is applied to the path, and you targeted the layer by clicking its circle, you then must click the path's circle to reach the path's appearances and thus the path's gradient and annotator associated with it.
Apparently the concept of targeting vs. selecting is a difficult one to grasp, as you can by the discussion here.
Thanks Trombo, it was a very indepth discussion (the link)
I find the circle target useful for applying appearances between objects and drag/drop onto other objects, as well as see what objects at the path level have appearances, without having to have the appearance panel open to see this. And applying appearances to layers that do not yet have objects but in preparation.