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Gradient Mesh Help

Sep 29, 2010 4:56 PM

I like the idea of the tool, but whenever I could really use apply it, it seems I mess with it way too much.

My particular problem at the moment is shading a kind of boomerang shape...like the sun was hitting it from the top.

I draw the boomerang shape and when i click inside of it with the gradient mesh tool it to creat a first division of the gradient i get some whacked out lines that are nearly impossible to edit and smooth out.

 

Is there any advice about creating the mesh or good tutorials about creating it in a complex shape?

 
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    Sep 29, 2010 9:08 PM   in reply to jimmystickers

    We all just sort of learnt this technique a few days a go.

     

    Draw you boomerang shape and select with the direct select tool the four most outer anchor points like such

     

    Screen shot 2010-09-30 at 12.03.40 AM.png

     

    Then go to Object>Create Gradient Mesh and enter your desired divisions like such

     

    Screen shot 2010-09-30 at 12.06.46 AM.png

     

    then make sure you have the fill select on the color proxy. Add your colors.

     

    Screen shot 2010-09-30 at 12.02.16 AM.png

     
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