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Gradient on a stroke

Easy to do in InDesign, but not so much in Illustrator.  It’ll probably be in CS6 (though I’ve been thinking that for quite a few versions now)

Anyhow, it actually is pretty easy to do in Illustrator, just not as straight forward.  You need to use the power of the appearance panel (which you can read more about here, here and here) and you won’t technically be putting a gradient on a stroke so much as you’ll be making a fill behave as a stroke and giving that fill a gradient fill.  Yeap.

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5 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - September 13, 2010 at 5:02 pm

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Fill in the counters on live text

Here’s another post drawing on the strength of the Appearance Panel (previously explained here, here and here)  This one to help you automagically fill in or close the counters on live text.

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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - May 29, 2010 at 9:47 pm

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Embroidered Text Effect

For this to make sense, you might want to refer back to the previous posts on the Appearance Panel.

Once you’ve read over those 3 posts, download this file and have at it.  You might like to adjust the stroke some to make the “holes” a bit more realistic.

This is live editable text, made awesome, by the appearance panel.

3 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - May 11, 2010 at 8:29 pm

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The appearance panel.

The appearance panel, or as it used to be known, the appearance palette. This is where it all goes down.  The key to making versatile, live art that will allow you to shrug off your boss changing the name of the project from “Penguin Playset” to ” Arctic Adventure”  This will allow you to create art that can rival the raster effects you get in Photoshop and at times do it better and more extensibly (Did I just make that word up?  Nope!)  So, instead of setting your text, copy/pasting it behind, adding your stroke, copying to the front, adding a glow, etc… and making a stack of objects to get one result, you can do this all from within one object.  Multiple strokes, multiple fills, effects applied specifically to a single fill or stroke. Gradients on a stroke. Live text with a gradient. Yeap.

That’s live text. Grab the live .ai file. Use your own fonts if you don’t have these.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - April 20, 2010 at 8:15 pm

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The align panel – Part one

A nice, detailed look at the Align Panel.

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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - March 15, 2010 at 8:11 pm

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