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?
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.
BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
Now I have the added challenge of applying the gradiant >>with a Patone color<< from Color Books under the Swatches Palette. I have tried and tried, and failed and failed. The only thing I can think of to do is click on a Pantone color in Swatches, then go to Color to see how its composition breaks down, then select the object and go to gradiants and do all the other clicking. But I just went to the Swatches Palette after doing all of that, and no Pantone color number appears next to that color. This manuever is part of a book that's going to press, and the print shop needs a Patone color. How do I get there? Or is this indeed how it's done?
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.
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.
mec_os, this is PERFECT! You rock.
Between you and the pre-press guy at the print shop, I now understand how to use the Swatch Palette and will probably use it all the time, instead of the Color palette, so that I don't have to re-do colors ever again (I write and design a lot of books). I have a new appreciation for Illustrator now.