Adobe Illustrator Gradient Tool not Adjusting

Explorer ,
Sep 09, 2021 Sep 09, 2021

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I am having trouble with the Gradient tool where it won't allow me to adjust the gradient. It no longer shows the normal gradient "stretch" handle as I click and hold my mouse to adjust the width and position of the gradients in Illustrator. I've worked in this for 18+ years, and this is a new issue. I may have accidentally hit a fast key to trigger some setting on the Gradient tool, but can't seem to figure out how to restore it so it works again as usual. 

Basically, when I try to "adjust" the gradient by clicking and dragging in the angle and distance I want the gradient to run, it just shows a very compressed/short version of the gradient that goes from one color immediately to the next, no matter how long I try to make it expand to. I suspect this is some setting I may have triggered with an accidental fast key. 

This is using Adobe Illustrator 2020 v 24.3 (most updated version of it).
I've restarted my iMac and reopened the file with the same results. Any ideas?

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Explorer , Sep 09, 2021 Sep 09, 2021

I figured it out, the circle shape was (for some reason) having issues (even after "expanding" or making it a compound shape), so, I made a new circle, and now the gradient tool works fine in the new circles. Go figure! Thanks everyone!

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Sep 09, 2021 Sep 09, 2021

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Hi just simple click on gradient icon in tool bar show you will that gradient slider...regards

Ali Sajjad / Graphic Design Trainer / Freelancer / Adobe Certified Professional

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Live Paint and Gradients are currently (actually a couple of years) not a good combination.

Expand the Live Paint to adjust the gradients.

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It looks like this issue/bug is not yet resolved. I played around with expanding the Live Paint but with no change... still can't adjust the gradient. 

 

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After Live Paint Expand, you may ungroup to adjust individual elements.

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Could you please show how it works if you ungroup the expended LIve group and how it works if you select the circle inside the expanded Live group by Direct (or Group) Selection tool?

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I figured it out, the circle shape was (for some reason) having issues (even after "expanding" or making it a compound shape), so, I made a new circle, and now the gradient tool works fine in the new circles. Go figure! Thanks everyone!

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Sep 13, 2021 Sep 13, 2021

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I am still curious to understand what was wrong, can you share a circle shape that has those issues?

CC filesharing, Dropbox, Google, WeTransfer...

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Make sure you have the fill component selected not the stroke as I have found that hides the slider.

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