One option might be to convert your text to outlines in InDesign, then fill with a radial gradient. (Select the bounding box and apply the gradient to the fill). Make the gradient "tight" on one end, meaning start the color way along the ramp and have the gradient live in a small space that fits your text.
Actually, I am wrong and there is no need to convert to outlines first. But like SJRiegel showed, make the gradient happen in a tight space. When you use the gradient tool to apply the gradient, you'll still want to start the center of the gradient at the center of the circle. So draw with the gradient tool from the very center and let go somewhere along the height of the letters. Make sure you have a radial gradient.
Thank you for helping! I am baffled because I have done exactly what you showed me -- and I don't get the same result.…
do like Erica already said.
Here a step-by-step description:
1. Select your text on the path.
2. Apply the gradient using the Swatches panel.
3. Change the active tool T to the Gradient tool G
4. Draw with the Gradient tool from the center of your circle a bit beyond the radius of your circle.
To the height of your text perhaps.
After you did this:
Do not change the diameter of your circle.
Do not scale your circle.
Both actions would/could change the appearance of the applied gradient.
Note: Drawing with the Gradient tool will override the formatting of your applied paragraph style.
Yay -- it takes a village! The step-by-step directions showed me where I was erring. I was trying to use the feather gradient tool, not the gradient tool to apply the gradient. It works!!
One more thing -- the final output of this gradient technique will be an EPS file for enlarging up to 3x the created size. Will the gradient "hold"? I'm concerned about the caution to not scale the circle.
Thanks so much!
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the gradient will hold if you export to PDF, EPS or other formats.
But it may not hold if you scale the circle on an InDesign page.
It depend of your preferences with scaling:
Talking about EPS:
If you absolutely have to export to EPS—a graphic format of the late 20th century—use the options for PostScript 3 ( introduced 1997 ). Better would be an export to PDF. PDF/X-4 perhaps.
But ask the one who is demanding EPS.
I would also question the necessity of an EPS file. I run into that from time to time, but find the only people who really need an EPS are embroiderers with software that demands it. And even those requests may be out of date, but I'm not familiar enough with that workflow to protest. Printing? EPS seems dubious these days (i.e., this century, as Uwe pointed out). Good luck!
Please don't use EPS!
It causes too many problems and is a redundant file type that should only be created if sending to very old systems.