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Gradiants in color?

May 23, 2013 10:28 PM

Tags: #color #effects #gradiants

It's easy to find gradiants in b&w.  And in the Pantone color library in CS5's Illustrator, there's a purple gradiant that's pre-set.

 

But what if I want a red gradiant?  Maybe even a red gradiant with a contrasting color of teal (or whatever)?

 

How do I do that?

 

Thanks!

 
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    May 23, 2013 11:18 PM   in reply to ceilr

    in the gradien pallette (window/gradient) you'll see a gradient bar with at least 2 color stops on it. the default is black and white. select one of the color stops and chose whatever color you want, then select the other and select another color. you can add more colors by clicking anywhere on the gradien or option dragging the color color stops.

     
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    May 24, 2013 11:37 PM   in reply to ceilr

    open your pantone color book and select your colors. when you click on them they'll copy into your document swatches.

     

    on the gradient window double click on the color stop and a color window is gonna pop up with either the current color or the swatches pallete. if it isn't the swatches pallete, select it from the icons on the left from there you can chose your spot color for the color stop. do the same with the other stop.

     
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    May 25, 2013 2:24 AM   in reply to ceilr

    ceilr,

     

    To answer your next question: You can (presumably still) only create pure spot colour gradients if you have tints of the same swatch/spot colour. Intermediate colours in gradients between different swatches/spot colours are turned into CMYK/RGB.

     
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    May 25, 2013 5:22 AM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    Jacob,

    You can do spot-to-spot grads.

     

    JET

     
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    May 25, 2013 5:24 AM   in reply to ceilr

    Ceilr,

     

    You can drag a Swatch from your Swatches palette and drop it onto the color stops in the Grad palette.

     

    JET

     
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    May 25, 2013 7:04 AM   in reply to JETalmage

    James,

     

    With mixed values (intermediate) stops (such as 40% Pantone 116C + 60% Pantone 185C)?

     
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    May 25, 2013 1:40 PM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    With mixed values (intermediate) stops (such as 40% Pantone 116C + 60% Pantone 185C)?

     

    Yes. CS3:

     

     

    JET

     
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    May 25, 2013 2:19 PM   in reply to JETalmage

    Thank you, James.

     
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