select the object and do a screen shot of the appearance panel and post it.
I think that you may be trying to fill the type at the text object level when you want to do it at the character level or vice verse.
As far as the gradient stroke I think you are actually using an added fill with an offset that is being filed and it is stacked behind a black fill.
if there is a black fill and a gradient fill drag the gradient above the black fill.
I am going to try this one more time.
Select the type with a selection tool and then show the Appearance Panel
Take a screen shot of the type and the Appearance Panel.
Post the screen shot of the appearance panel. while you have the text selected.
I've done this 100s of times all the sudden it doesn't work.
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In older versions, an extra fill was needed to change colour and make gradients. Is this a simplifying change in CS4 (along with the gradient stroke option)?
Let's try this one more time.
With the selection tool (black arrow) select the Text, do not use the text tool use the selection tool.
Then place the appearance panel so it will also be in the screen shot and while the text is selected with the selection tool tale the screen shot.
But it appears you have the black fill at the type object level and the gradient at the character level.
But we have to see. Please.
Following this thread and can't apply a gradient to the text... CS4
Wrote the text... tried to apply gradient fill... not working. Text remains black... by clicking on the Fill in the Appearance Palette/Panel, i can change the fill colour but not get a gradient.
Have tried by selecting the text using the Type Tool (highlighting it) and using the Select Tool (black arrow).
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I was actually mistaken as I look closer you d not appear to have fill for the Type but only for the characters which is text at the text level which would allow you to add a color but not such as a gradient for which you have to add a fill to the type level.
If you notice the Type does not have an appearance and so you have to give it one and in this case that would be a fill.
Thanks that fixed it. The only puzzling thing now is why I never had to mess with that in the past and gradients showed up then all the suddent stopped.
Wade... many thanks...
Excellent tutorial... i tried for ages, yesterday, to highlight the 'Type' in the Appearance Panel and click the Gradient Fill... tried all kinds of things from double-clicking to right-clicking... to standing-on-my-head and clicking ... nothing worked! Never thought i'd have to use / of using the 'Flyout'!
You're both welcome, gld it was of help.
Could you put that video up again...?
I don't understand what you just said. Could you please lay it out more clearly?
Please explain to me how this could just happen on its own?
I have a logo that I have been making adjustments to for over a year. One day I open the file and 1 of the gradient filled texts is suddenly black. after ripping the hair out of my head for over an hour trying to figure out why I can't get the gradient back, I found this post.
So I did correct the problem with this solution, but how could something that has always had a fill in the appearance panel suddenly not have a fill? very strange
This saved me, Thanks!!!!
Your 3 step process does not work. If you have no fill selected, then "Add a New Fill" is grayed out. When I change from fill icon [None] to fill icon [Registration], the "Add a New Fill" is still grayed out.
In short, the Appearance panel does absolutely nothing with text.
Using Adobe Illustrator CC (20.1.0 64-bit)
I have applied gradient to the text, and it is displaying black. Just to prove that this actually is happening, I made a rectangle and applied the exact same gradient. The gradient is working on the rectangle. Nothing, and I mean nothing I can do will make a gradient work on the text. I can change the text color to red or any solid color and it will work on the text, just not a gradient. Look at the image I made here:
Just so you can see that the actual characters themselves have that gradient applied, here is a snapshot of "some" of the characters selected. You will note the black to bright green gradient is indeed applied to the characters themselves.
Gradients are not showing up on my text. Gradients are working on shapes.
It is really making me think that this is a bug that nobody can solve.
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Select your text with a selection tool (not with the text tool).
Fill the text with none.
Go to the Appearance Panel and add a New Fill.
Change that fill to a gradient.
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Thank you Ton. That worked! I made a video to help others:
Here is what I gleaned from this:
1. TEXT CANNOT BE GRADIENT FILLED
2. You have to remove any fill on the text
3. You can select a block of text
4. YOU CAN GRADIENT FILL THAT BLOCK
You can still use the character tool and insert and delete the characters inside a group. This is a good thing.
Glad to hear that worked for you!!