I can see the color gradient when my mouse is over the stroke but once I move my mouse away, the gradient goes away with it. How do I apply the gradient, I have been at this for 3 hours?! I am using Illustrator CC.
My specific problem is that I cannot apply a color gradient to a stroke. It is a straight vertical line I am using as a time line.
This far, I have edited the colors I want the gradient to be and along the stroke line I can see the colored gradient I made, it has arrows along it for me to edit the colors further if I prefer and that's where I am stuck. I do not need to edit the colors and more, they are what I like them to be.
Now I am trying to move on to the next step but I do not know how to make the colored gradient stay after I am done editing it.
I am not sure at what point you are unable to apply the gradient. Here is a very short tutorial on how to apply a gradient to a stroke.
First create the gradient in the gradient panel
Once you're done picking the swatch colors you will want to save the gradient as a swatch.
Click on the "new swatch" button next to the trash icon and save that gradient as a swatch and name it whatever fits.
Select your line and pick the stroke swatch pallet and select your new gradient swatch.