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    I think I started noticing this problem when I upgraded to CS3. When I have a shape and I use the gradient tool to add a gradient, it doesn't give me an even gradient. For example, if I have a white to black gradient. I drag across the shape, but the gradient isn't even. The majority of it will be white, with it transitioning to black quickly. Is this a bug, do I have a setting wrong? Thanks for any help

  • #2
    Are the colors in your gradient at close locations in the gradient sliders? If you have only 2 colors and you want the blend to extend the entire distance, are the colors at the 0% and 100% marks?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by longboy View Post
      Are the colors in your gradient at close locations in the gradient sliders? If you have only 2 colors and you want the blend to extend the entire distance, are the colors at the 0% and 100% marks?

      Yes, it looks fine on my gradient slider...

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      • #4
        Select the gradient tool, click on your object, hold and drag. Release then.... Your not telling the gradient to gradate over a distance that is long enough.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by MikeTheVike View Post
          I drag across the shape, but the gradient isn't even.
          I was kinda assuming he was dragging the gradient across the entire object by this statement. Hmmm...

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          • #6
            You've probably moved the "location" sliders on your gradient swatch. Those are the sliders which define the blended weight of one color over another across a section of the gradient. The default location is 50%, so that there is an even blend from Color A to Color B (in this case, White to Black). Your location slider was probably shifted towards the black, so you have a long gradient from the white, ending in a short gradient to black.

            Since Gradients in Illy are saved in swatches, this accidental change would have been saved into the swatch, and applied whenever you use your gradient tool, until you change or edit your gradient swatch.

            To fix this, simply select your gradient swatch, and open up the Gradient Palette. You will see your black and white Color sliders on the bottom, and you will see a small location slider along the top of the bar. It should be directly in the middle of the two color sliders for an even gradient. You will no doubt find that it is nudged up close to the black Color Slider (or else the Black Color Slider is shifted in, and not at the end of the gradient bar).

            You can click on the slider and type 50% in the location field if you want to define its location more precisely.
            Last edited by Ned; 10-01-2008, 04:14 PM.
            Ned Yeung, A.C.E.
            mediamainline.com
            cyclopsphoto.ca

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            • #7
              it looks like it might me a black and white gradient problem, its less noticeable when I use other colors. I actually remember having the problem in the past when creating opacity masks, and I couldn't get the black and white gradient to come out even. I attached an example showing the Illustrator gradient on the left, and the photoshop on the right. See how the photoshop one is more evenly spread out?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by MikeTheVike View Post
                it looks like it might me a black and white gradient problem, its less noticeable when I use other colors. I actually remember having the problem in the past when creating opacity masks, and I couldn't get the black and white gradient to come out even. I attached an example showing the Illustrator gradient on the left, and the photoshop on the right. See how the photoshop one is more evenly spread out?
                Yup, that definitely looks like your "Location" slider is off. Did you check that out?
                Ned Yeung, A.C.E.
                mediamainline.com
                cyclopsphoto.ca

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