Text box colour gradient

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by BEET, Nov 27, 2006.

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    Hi,

    I've searched around quite a bit and haven't yet found an answer to my question. When applying a gradient to a text box I can only apply a grey scale gradient, when I select a colour it fills the text box with a solid colour. Is there any way of applying a colour gradient to a text box directly, or is the only way to add a gradient filled object behind a text box?

    any advice greatly appreciated!
     
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    kretzy

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    It should be possible, but it would be really helpful to know what software you are using.
     
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    Oops, sorry! InDesign CS2.
     
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    iMeowbot

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    This sound like it's Adobe Illustrator, the interface isn't immediately obvious. You click on these things, and can then change the colors in the regular picker. You will need to switch the picker from grayscale to CMYK or whatever you need.

    gradient.png

    If you want to use more than two colors in your gradient, you can option-drag either of those little squares to the side to duplicate.
     
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    I've tried fiddling around with the InDesign gradient and colour windows. Whatever colour I've selected in the colour window, as soon as I click the gradient window, the colour converts to grey scale. I know you can apply colour gradients to objects and boxes etc.. I had assumed it would be this easy to apply to a text box.
     
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    ahh ha! I figured it out. Actually, you were right. You need to have selected one of the little squares at each of the gradient slider before you choose the colour you want.

    thanks.
     
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    Correction. iMeowbot figured it out. thanks!
     
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    Mydriasis

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    Just is case anyone cares, you can not apply a gradient fill for text in Illustrator directly while keeping it vector and editable.

    The solution: make a gradient color swatch and apply that to the text, voila.
     
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    iMeowbot

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    Effect->Path->Outline Object (or Stroke) will fix that.
     

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