Gradient swatches creation

How to create a basic gradient swatch in Illustrator CC 2018 2017 2015 2014 CS6 CS5 etc

Tutorial steps

create gradient swatch tutorial
  1. Create a basic rectangle and keep selected in Illustrator for the gradient swatch

  2. Go to the swatches panel

  3. Click on one of the pre-built colorful gradients

  4. Go to the gradient panel (window menu)

  5. Add a color stop by clicking below the bottom of the gradient slider (a little + will appear in the cursor)

  6. Double click a stop to change a color

  7. Select a stop and drag downwards to remove

  8. Click a stop and drag left or right to move

  9. Add multiple new stops

  10. Set the gradient type to radial or linear

  11. Swatches panel and new swatch

  12. Save the document as an AI file (and the gradients will then be accessible in other documents)


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