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Chapter 5. Drawing > Gradients

Gradients

A “gradient” is a type of fill or stroke that creates a graduation from one color to another—an effect also known as a “fountain,” “blend,” or “vignette.” InDesign offers two types of gradients: “Linear” and “Radial.” For either type of gradient fill, you can set the colors used in the gradient, the rate at which one color blends into another, and the colors used in the gradient (gradients can contain two or more colors). For Linear gradients, you can set the angle that the graduation is to follow.

Linear gradients create a smooth color transition (or series of transitions) from one end of a path to another; Radial gradients create a graduation from the center of a path to its edges. Gradients applied to paths are calculated relative to the geometric bounds of the path; gradients applied to text characters use the geometric bounding box of the text frame containing the text (not the individual characters themselves).


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