I sure hope I can get some answers to this one - I posted another question regarding leading in Paragraph Styles two days ago and by now it has 28 views and 0 answers! Such support.
Just designing a two-color gradient in CS5 InDesign is headache enough...click on Swatches control panel, see that there is no "New Gradient Swatch" button at the bottom (despite what the books and online help say), click the microscopic menu at the upper right of the panel, select "New Gradient Swatch", only to find that there are only two choices - Linear or Radial - and fiddle with every feature in the window to finally get the color range you want.
Frankly, five very expensive versions of Creative Suite later, I am both amazed and disgusted at the fact that:
- There is no horizontal gradient, only "Linear" (and that is vertical; that is, each color within the range goes top-to-bottom; the range itself is left-to-right)
- There is no seeming way to get a horizontal gradient, or a vertical gradient with the colors reversed. InDesign decides the orientation and polarity (in this instance, dark (left) to light (right) ) of your gradient
And before anyone launches into a lecture about the Window > Color > Gradient option, I already tried that. I don't know what your copy of CS5 InDesign displays on your system, but on mine, that window has no OK button. In other words, you can play around all day long with the Window > Color > Gradient window but you cannot apply what you've settled on to your current project because there is no way to tell the program that "OK, I'm done, please apply the options I've selected to my project or selected swatch."
So, tell me truly, how can a newly-bald user design a simple two-color gradient that has vertical range, where lightest color is at the top and darkest color at the bottom?
The easiest way to do it is to create the swatch with the gradient you want, then use the Gradient tool (now apparently renamed the Gradient Swatch tool to differentiate it from the Gradient Feather tool which is right next to it in the toolbox) to drag the gradient in any direction you like, and to set the start and stop points. If you start or stop inside the object, everything before or after the start or stop, respectively, will be the end color.
If you just want to fill the object, select it and choose the gradient swatch as the fill, then open the Gradient panel and you can set any angle you like, or press the reverse button to switch directions.
None of this, by the way is new.
I did look at your other thread the yesterday, but I'm not quite sure I understand the question, and my only conclusion was there is some sort of user error in how you are defining the styles, but without a lot more information I can't tell you what.
And this is NOT tech support, it's a user forum staffed by ordinary users like you who volunteer their time and expertise. If they have nothing to say, most don't bother to answer.
It's not really that hard. To make a new gradient Select New Gradient Swatch from the Swatches flyout. You should get a dialog that looks like this
When you click on one of the gradient stop at thebottom of the ramp you will activate the ability to choose a color for that stop in the color mode you want
If you choose CMYK you can mix the color or you can choose Swatches and choose from existing swatches in the file. This is how it looks with both selected
When youOK the dialog a new swatch is added to the Swatch panel. You can apply it by drawing or selecting an object in your file and making the fill box active . It should look like this
In the Gradient window shown to the right of the object you can change the angle by using either the Reverse button or the angle window like this
Or you can use the Gradient tool from the tool box to drag across the gradient to change it as you want
If you want here's the difference in a radial gradient changed with the gradient tool from the tool box
Actually, it really is that hard.
What I tried to communicate in my original post was that in this window:
There is no way for me to make the changes I make in this window show up in the document. Where is the OK button? I really, really tried. Everything. I switched the Angle. I played with the Reverse. Nothing I did reflected itself in the actual document or the swatch.
So what am I missing here?
Incidentally, when the Gradient Options window is open:
The smaller window is inaccessible. I have to close the Gradient Options window to do anything in the smaller window, and like I said, anything I do in the smaller window does not manifiest itself in any way in the document or the swatch.
It's one thing to tell me "You can change the angle, you can reverse the flow, etc." but how do I tell InDesign to take what I've selected and actually implement it in the document or swatch?
Three different books on CS5 InDesign couldn't provide the answer, either.
You can't make those changes to the swatch itself. You make them to a selected object.
So, if you select an object and apply the gradient, then open the gradient panel, any changes you make will be reflected in the selected object. You can also set the gradient angle as part of an Object Style definition.
Define your gradient in the small Gradient window. Then click on the square in that window and drag it into your swatches palette.
You can then apply that swatch to fill any object. Use the gradient tool to drag across your object in the direction you want the gradient to run.
Hi, I'm going to mention two things...
Simplified (despite all my extraneous verbiage), here are the steps.
Now you have two new gradients, customized to your liking. These can also be the basis for other gradients, if you drag them over the "New Swatch" button at the bottom of the Swatches panel. You can edit them the same way as before, opening the Gradient Swatch Tool and applying to an object while you play with them, then saving with a new name.
Oh, and don't miss the cool effects you can get by also applying Directional Feathering (under the Objects>Effects> menu) to your gradient. You can create it and then, using directional feathering to fade it from various directions, can use it as a partial fill instead of a complete one. Of course, you can just put white on one end of your gradient and create that same effect. But for on the fly and if you don't want to alter your gradient or create a new one, Directional Feathering is very handy.
I hope this helps.