What version are you on and what exactly did you do with the objects to get the gradient across them?
Sorry I should have been more specific. I'm using CS4. I added a gradient to each object, then selected all the objects & dragged the gradient tool across all of them.
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You could select those objects and make a compound path out of them (Object > Compound Path > Make). Then they will be treated as one object and the gradient will stay across all.
You direct select the object you wish to control separately then add a new fill and the use the gradient tool on that object.
Adding the new fill offers you the ability to change the colors just that one object give the second fill a transparency or different blending mode or set i to overprint fi it with a transparent gradient so you can see the original gradient fill lying underneath it.
here is a video
I'm not actually concerned with setting an extra gradient (cool video, though) on top of the group gradient, in fact that's kind of my problem. Here are the steps involved in my problem:
- I add a gradient to each object.
- I select each object with the direct selection tool.
- I use the gradient tool to apply a single gradient to the group of objects.
- I select some other tool and go do something else.
- I select the gradient tool again to edit my multi-object gradient.
- I click one of the objects trying to get the control bar back, but instead of showing me the group control bar it applies a gradient to the individual object.
So my question is, how do I bring up the control bar for the group gradient so I can edit the gradient?
Monika: Making a compound path worked well. I still wonder how one is supposed to edit the group gradient without using a compound path. It's easy enough to apply the gradient, it's just really hard to modify...
In fact, if you don't make a compound path, the gradient gets applied to each individual object. What happens in your scenario is, that each object's gradient settings get unified so that they look as if it's one single gradient, but it isn't. And that is logical: each single object has its own attributes.
If you want the changes made to one of the objects to be applied to them all, you have to re-apply the editted gradient to all of the objects.
OK, I got it now. I was confused because when you first create the group gradient the bar appears, even though it doesn't have any of the options the normal gradient controls have. So I was expecting when I went back to it I'd see the same bar that appeared when I first created it. Now I know that even though the gradient is applied across all the objects, each object has its own gradient in relation to the whole. So I just need to make my objects a compound path and I can modify the gradient to my heart's content. Thanks Wade & Monika!