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Chapter 18. Gradients > Gradient basics

Gradient basics

Gradients are used to create volume in realistic objects or to soften abstract shapes. The simplest gradient fill consists of a starting color and an ending color, with the point where the colors are equally mixed together located midway between them. A gradient can be linear (side-to-side) or radial (outward-from-center). You can apply a gradient fill to one object or across several objects. A set of predefined gradients is supplied with Illustrator, but you can also create your own gradients using the Gradient palette.

Once an object is filled with a gradient, you can use the Gradient tool to modify how the fill is distributed within the object. You can change the direction of the gradient, or change how quickly one color blends into another. You can also change the location of the center of a radial gradient fill.


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