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Chapter 6. WORKING IN COLOR > Creating Gradient Swatches

Creating Gradient Swatches

Gradients arc blends that change from one color into another. InDesign creates gradients as swatches that can then be applied to objects.

To define a gradient:

1.
Choose New Gradient Swatch from the Swatches palette submenu. The New Gradient Swatch dialog box appears .

Figure 6.16. The New Gradient Swatch dialog box.


2.
Enter a name for the gradient in the Swatch Name field.

3.
Choose Linear or Radial in the Type field .

Figure 6.17. A Linear gradient changes colors along a line. A Radial gradient changes colors in a circular appearance.


4.
Click one of the gradient stops on the Gradient Ramp to define a color in the gradient.

5.
Choose the type of color for the selected stop from the Stop Color pop-up list.

  • Choose Named Color to choose one of the colors from the Swatch palette.

  • Choose LAB, CMYK, or RGB to define the stop color using unnamed colors. (See "Avoiding Unnamed Colors?" on the previous page.)

6.
Click the other gradient stop to define a color for it.

7.
Adjust the midpoint control to change the position where the two colors blend equally .

Figure 6.18. Adjusting the midpoint control of a gradient changes the appearance of the blend.


8.
Click OK to add the gradient to the Swatches palette.


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