For about the last 45 minutes, I've been going insane because everywhere I look, it says you can view the Gradient Annotator by simply going to View -> Show/Hide Gradient Annotator. However, neither option seems to be working. For example, I quit Illustrator, restarted it, drew a simple circle, made it live paint, filled it with a regular gradient, but no Annotator showed up. I made sure the Show Gradient Annotator option was set in View. I then turned it off and back on to see if the Annotator would show up then, still with no luck. Seems like a big bug to me.
I remember it being there in the past, but now it simply never shows up, no matter what I do. Any suggestions? Thanks a ton in advance.
I think the problem is that you made the graphic a Live Paint Object. If you apply a gradient to a Live Paint Object, the annotator only appears when you use the gradient tool to define the positioning of your gradient - and only during that action. To have the annotator stay on-screen, you must fill your graphic using the gradient tool without converting it to a Live Paint Object. And it stays on-screen as long as you have the gradient tool selected and that graphic selected.
Woo! thanks so much. I no longer want to jump out a thirty-story window
You are entirely welcome.