How do you extract a color from a gradient in Illustrator?


I want to grab one of the colors from a gradient, and turn it into a solid color swatch.


Just to be precise, I want to get the color of one of the 'nodes' in the gradient. So if a a gradient goes from red to blue, I might want to grab the exact color blue from the blue node – i'm not wanting to grab any of the inbetween colors.

1/21/2014 10:39:00 AM

Accepted Answer

If I understand you correctly; you can click on the little arrow in the gradient tab, that represent the colour you want to find: enter image description here


Or, you could select the gradient object, and click the "create new colour group" at the bottom of the swatch window. This will give you a colour group with all the "main" colours in your gradient:

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1/21/2014 10:30:00 AM

Here's a copy of an old post in Adobe forum, I think it works:

Assuming you mean you want to pick up colors between color stops of a Grad, so as to apply them to another object:

  1. DoubleClick the Eyedropper tool. Make sure its Appearance checkbox is on.
  2. Rectangle Tool: Draw a rectangle. Leave it selected. Assume this is the object to which you want to apply a color sampled from the unselected grad-filled object.
  3. Eyedropper Tool: ShiftClick the grad-filled object anywhere within its gradient.

If you have the Color palette open, you'll see that the sampled color also becomes the current fill color. So from the Color palette's flyout menu, you can now select Create New Swatch.