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How can I divide an object and preserve its gradient?

Jan 2, 2013 11:39 AM



I have tried to do something that sounds rather simple but unfortunately I failed. I tried to find any advice on the forums but failed as well. So I hope someone here can point me in the right direction.


I have an object with a gradient (in my case a simple triangle – see below) which I want to divide into 4 parts without losing the way the object looks now.


No matter which method I try, I always end up with 4 parts that each have the original gradient applied to them (see below).


I'd like to get something that looks like this:


I'm hoping that I can do this with Illustrator and that someone knows how. Thank you very much!

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    Jan 2, 2013 11:44 AM   in reply to Silverym

    Just select the 4 pieces and use the Gradient Tool to drag the gradient across all 4 pieces.

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    Jan 2, 2013 11:53 AM   in reply to Silverym



    Or, select the 4 objects in your second example



    and choose Object > Compound Path > Make...

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