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Adobe Illustrator CS3 gradient help
F117_Nighthawk 
30/5/08 7:41:29 PM
Champion

Hey,
I've currently switched to Illustrator for some vector based work, but im only knew to it and found it a lot more confusing then Photoshop.

Im trying to fill in certain parts of an image with a gradient and bevell / emboss but cant seem to get it work.

The whole image is in a series of lines (traced from a drawn image) so is there a way to fill in between them with a gradient?

Would rather not switch back to PS and get all rasterized and pixelated.
thanks

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superfireydave 
31/5/08 6:22:35 AM
Titan

I actually find it a hell of a lot easier than photoshop because it's vector based, and nothing is raster (thank god).

I have no idea how you're doing your document, but you can create additional shapes to fill with a gradient easily. Just make whatever shape you need, and fill it with a gradient by selecting a gradient to fill it with.

Beveling and embossing? Not too sure, never use them.

In either case, http://www.google.com
There's a heap of tutes about Illustrator on the net. Go find some =P

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F117_Nighthawk 
31/5/08 2:31:03 PM
Champion

yeah may as well create individual shapes,
so far so good,
bevel and emboss like the effects you apply in Photoshop, very useful when trying to create a "3d" sort of effect, i was wondering if its just as easier to implement into illustrator. there are some tutorials out there but cant really find the right one,
thanks

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superfireydave 
31/5/08 4:08:46 PM
Titan

If you want a "3D" effect, use the gradient mesh tool.

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bluedude 
11/6/08 3:54:51 PM
Guru

Am I the only one in the Southern Hemisphere who cannot for the love of god figure out how to use the fucken gradient tool in Illustrator?

I can't even select two colours, every time I select the gradient tool and start trying to select a colour to edit it resets to applying a single colour and the gradient disappears.

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Atlantian 
27/6/08 9:33:09 AM
Primarch

bluedude when you have the gradient toolbar open you will see the default setting of white to black yes?

Now all you have to do is double click the white or black swatch(located under the gradient bar at each end.. the little squares) and it will bring up the colour menu, from there you can select a colour. when u have the colour you want just drag that colour swatch from the colour palette onto the gradient slider, this will add your new colour to the gradient, you can do this with as many colours as you want, also if you want to remove a colour from the gradient slider just grab the little square swatch and drag it off the gradient pallette.

Alternatively to add colour to the gradient, you can just click and drag a swatch from your swatch palette into your gradient palette, theres many ways to do it, but this should give you the basic idea, hope this helps mate.

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bluedude 
7/8/08 5:02:21 PM
Guru

Quote by Atlantian
bluedude when you have the gradient toolbar open you will see the default setting of white to black yes?

Now all you have to do is double click the white or black swatch(located under the gradient bar at each end.. the little squares) and it will bring up the colour menu, from there you can select a colour. when u have the colour you want just drag that colour swatch from the colour palette onto the gradient slider, this will add your new colour to the gradient, you can do this with as many colours as you want, also if you want to remove a colour from the gradient slider just grab the little square swatch and drag it off the gradient pallette.

Alternatively to add colour to the gradient, you can just click and drag a swatch from your swatch palette into your gradient palette, theres many ways to do it, but this should give you the basic idea, hope this helps mate.



Thank you! At last, I can sleep.

So the trick is making swatches and then drag them to the gradient slider. Well that's much easier. Before I was double-clicking the fill colour in the Colour palette so when I selected a colour the gradient reset to that just that colour I selected.

Anyway, Illustrator is still a pain in the ass to use I find.

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superfireydave 
7/8/08 7:11:36 PM
Titan

I much prefer it to photoshop, and I'm quickly getting annoyed at the people I work with using photoshop over illustrator because everythings freaking rastered and I can't change sizes without keeping detail :@

If you spend some time learning how to use it, it becomes pretty natural - although the gradient interface *is* better in photoshop.

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bluedude 
8/8/08 5:16:15 PM
Guru

Quote by superfireydave
I much prefer it to photoshop, and I'm quickly getting annoyed at the people I work with using photoshop over illustrator because everythings freaking rastered and I can't change sizes without keeping detail :@

If you spend some time learning how to use it, it becomes pretty natural - although the gradient interface *is* better in photoshop.



I use vector masks in Photoshop to retain detail, making the vectors in either Photoshop or Illustrator. It works a treat, however I'm limited to how I create the vectors in Photoshop which is when Illu comes in handy (especially with Pathfinder).

However I plan on dropping both packages and going open source. Illustrator is ridiculously user-unfriendly I find, especially for such expensive software. Photoshop gets irritating too.

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Atlantian 
26/8/08 1:45:40 PM
Primarch

Stick with it mate, once you get your head around illustrator its an amazing program.. although CS3 is giving me the shits with various bugs and crashes!! arg.

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