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How do I apply a gradient across multiple objects in Illustrator?


Question

I have two separate objects that I have applied gradient fill to.

The gradient fill seems to only apply to the objects as individuals. I tried grouping the shapes, but that doesn't seem to change the gradient.

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How do I get one gradient to cover all my shapes?

2015/01/04
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1/4/2015 5:26:00 PM

Accepted Answer

In order to get a single gradient to cover multiple objects, you need to use the Gradient Tool.

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Select your objects, then with the Gradient Tool, click and drag from where you want the gradient to start, and let go where you want the gradient to end.

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This will cause the gradient to cover all selected objects. You can then modify gradient settings using the Gradient Panel

Alternatively you can create a Compound Shape of the multiple objects, if feasible, and that will allow a gradient to see the compound shape as one object. However, Compound Shapes are not always a good solution for overall construction. It depends upon the artwork.

2015/04/01
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4/1/2015 5:11:00 AM