Cannot save freeform gradient to swatches in Illustrator - Bug?

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Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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I feel like I am crazy; I am able to save linear and radial gradients to the swatches panel in a document I am working on, but cannot save freeform gradients.  I can drag it onto the panel and a green plus sign appears, but then that ding and it will not save.

 

Is this a setting or something?  I unfortunately recently upgraded to Ai 2022 and I think that's when it stopped working.

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022
You cannot save a freeform gradient to the swatches panel. You can drag an object with a freeform gradient to the swatches panel, but it will become a pattern. When you edit the pattern you will notice that the freeform gradient has turned into non-native art.

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Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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I've moved this from the Using the Community forum (which is the forum for issues using the forums) to the Illustrator forum so that proper help can be offered.

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Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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Freeform gradients are (still) weird animals, and can behave in unexpected ways.

 

Save your freeform gradients as graphic styles (Window menu > Graphic Styles) rather than as swatches.

 

Peter

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Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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I like this idea Peter, just be careful that the style needs to be applied to objects that have a similar shape as the original.

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You're absolutely right, Ton. Thanks for pointing this out. I did mention unexpected ways – The behavior seems to be more or less predictable, but it takes a bit of experimentation to be able to make the predictions. My experiments continue…

 

Peter

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They are indeed unpredictable. A partially finished feature.

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Thank you both!

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You're welcome!

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You cannot save a freeform gradient to the swatches panel.

You can drag an object with a freeform gradient to the swatches panel, but it will become a pattern.

When you edit the pattern you will notice that the freeform gradient has turned into non-native art.

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