How do I apply a color gradient to a stroke?


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.

2/20/2015 8:40:00 PM

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

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.

save swatch

Select your line and pick the stroke swatch pallet and select your new gradient swatch.


End result

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2/20/2015 8:50:00 PM