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Effective use of gradients for creating depth
nareshdevineniDate: Wednesday, 2011 Jul 13, 05:41 | Message # 1
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This question is about usage of different gradients available in illustrator.I want to know when to use linear and radial gradient.They both have unique purpose .I want to master these to take advantage of this powerfull feature.

A more elaborated question :

Everybody who have a reasonable experience with illustrator does have a good idea on how to use gradients.Well this idea comes with experience and some projects in hand.But for starters like me will often wonder how when to use to linear gradient and radial gradient.Angles in the gradient panel is kinda confusing.In order to create depth or a creative effect in illustrations,undertstanding those gradient angles is very very important.I went through many tutorials on gradients(not gradient mesh),I sucessfully finished them.But failed to implement the techniques that i learned from those tutorials.Reason is simple, i dont know when to use radial and when to use linear.When i observe the gradients usage in freebies,with out looking at the gradient panel ,i often misunderstood the type of gradient used.I want to avoid this confusion sir.I want to know the clear usage of linear and radial gradients.Many people does say you can learn that by trail and error and experimentation.But i want to save some time by getting an clear understanding about the radial and linear gradients.Help me out sir..... thank you in advance.
 
jaroslavDate: Monday, 2011 Jul 18, 04:42 | Message # 2
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So, how to control gradient and which gradient to use.


A lot of beginners, like me at the time, had difficulties with controlling the gradient. So, for those who experience problems with it, I will comment on this more specifically.




Step 1


If in my work I am using a gradient fill for the first time, I always fill the object with black and white linear gradient from the Swatches palette or by selecting this type of fill on the side toolbar.



Therefore, already on the object, I can see where is the beginning and the end of the gradient, and where it is located.




Step 2


Now start controlling the colors. You can replace colors by dragging a color from the Swatches palette directly to the slide that you want to replace.




Before you start coloring your work I recommend you to identify basic colors and save them in the Swatches palette. The second way to replace the sliders color is double clicking on the slider what brings up the Color palette, where you can mix the color you need.




The third way: suppose you have another object, raster or vector, the color of which, you want to use in the gradient. Select the slider, take Eyedropper Tool (I) and holding down Shift get the color from another object.



This way you can get colors even from the gradient fill of another object.





Step 3


To add a slider, just move the cursor to the gradient strip in the Gradient palette and click.



To remove a slider, drag it down.



Of course, you can move sliders and control the distribution of colors in between them.






Step 4


To change the angle and location of the gradient, I use the Gradient Tool (G).





Sometimes it is necessary to accurately set the angle of the gradient, and then I adjust the angle of the gradient in the Gradient palette.





Step 5


Starting with the version CS4, Adobe Illustrator allows you to set the slider opacity of the gradient.



This function largely replaces the Opacity Mask and allows getting interesting lighting solutions faster.




Step 6


Adobe Illustrator contains two types of gradients: linear, which we discussed with you, and radial. Switching between the types is available in the Gradient palette.



You can move the center of radial gradient and change its radius, and remember that your Gradient Tool (G) has to be chosen.




Changing the angle of the radial gradient does not make any sense. You can also move the center of the gradient in its field. To do this, click the cursor to set a new center of the gradient.





Step 7


Which gradient to use, a linear or radial? A little bit weird question. We use gradient fill to transmit the light distribution on the surface, in other words, set the location of light and shadow. How the light and shadow will be located, and what shape it will be, of course, depends on the properties of the surface itself or its elements. Ball – radial gradient, cylinder or plane – linear gradient. Your task is simply to determine the properties of this surface.



For complex surfaces is difficult to use a simple gradient, such as radial or linear, then use the Gradient Mesh.


I would advise you not to ask general questions. I doubt that someone will answer them. And if they answer, I doubt that someone will understand. Specific task - specific solution. Let theorists generalize. Just like that we can move on. Or do you want to write designer’s bible? We have not created this world, but we reflect it, therefore, have your eyes open wide, look at what surrounds us, and think about by what means of vector graphics (the practical side) we will be able to reproduce it.

 
nareshdevineniDate: Monday, 2011 Jul 18, 07:05 | Message # 3
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i posted similar kind of questions on the other parts of the web....... i never got any reply....... everybody are busy ... you are the first person who replied to my msgs.... thank you for that ..... and yes i got my answer in step 7.... and i will stop asking general questions.I will ask more tool specific.
 
jaroslavDate: Monday, 2011 Jul 18, 07:33 | Message # 4
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I think that a good practice is a team project.
 
nareshdevineniDate: Monday, 2011 Jul 18, 07:35 | Message # 5
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i do agree with you sir...... i will practice smile
 
jaroslavDate: Monday, 2011 Jul 18, 07:40 | Message # 6
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You can publish your works on the forum, and I will correct them.
 
nareshdevineniDate: Monday, 2011 Jul 18, 07:50 | Message # 7
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i will sir.... smile
 
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