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Library: Creative Design


Avoid splotchy mesh gradients with this amazing Eyedropper tool trick

Added on Thursday 4th of June 2009 09:23 am EST

Application > Adobe Illustrator CS/CS2
Operating Systems > Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


I love working with Illustrator's Mesh tool and often I find a need to apply gradient type fills to mesh objects. But since Illustrator doesn't allow me to use gradient swatches, my attempts to emulate smooth gradients using color swatches often produces splotchy-looking results. Do you know of any workaround method I can use to achieve better results?


You're right in stating that Illustrator allows you to use color swatches but not gradient swatches to apply color to a mesh object. But color swatches needn't be your only source of color. You can also use raster objects. Let's see how you can use them to produce smooth gradient type fills.