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A couple of tips:
You can control the locations of the color stops by selecting the Gradient tool when the gradient-filled object is selected. Press G to select the tool. As you drag with the tool, where you begin to drag defines the location of the first stop, and where you stop dragging defines the the last stop is located. You can begin dragging outside of the object on either end to create a more abrupt or less abrupt transition.
You can use the Separation Preview panel (Window > Output > Separation Preview) to measure the CMYK values at a particular point on the gradient. As you move over the gradient, you'll see color values displayed.
Well, what I see is simply one of my stop colours; in this case, "dark" red.
I also see that you were able to achieve what I tried to do, if the object in the background is any indication.
Not sure what I need to do, however, to achieve what you did.
Thanks for the reply, but call me thick.
I can select the tool easily enough, but what do I drag the tool across? The object itself? The colour range inside the gradient window?
Also, I didn't know what to do with the Separation Preview suggestion.
Sorry, but this whole gradient thing has been slow in the understanding.
No worries, Pat.
A string of screen shots...
Simply select the rectangle. Use the gradient tool to draw a gradient from one end to the other. Likely is white to black like below.
Open the gradient panel. Right-click on one end stop. Add to swatches.
I add gradients to the swatches to make it easy to update/change.
Double-click on the new swatch. You'll get the following dialog box:
Change to CMYK.
Change one end stop.
Change the other:
I didn't rename it, but I do in practice.
take care, Mike
Congratulations, Mike! You are now in my "Cool" book!
But anyone who can explain such a process to a technical writer deserves no less a title...
A nod to Steve as well. It's not easy getting a concept across to those of us who need every little detail spelled out.
And here I was struggling with a workaround involving layers.
Thank you both!