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Confused about color gradient

Community Beginner ,
May 10, 2024 May 10, 2024

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Hello - Im trying to make what I thought would be the simplest possible color gradient, but for some reason its not working. I have a rectangle, and I want it to go from the red that I select to blank white linearly. So I put two color stops, one with red, and the other with white, and the midpoint right in the middle. However, the gradient doesn't want to go full white. The closest I can get is to put the midpoint as far over as possible to the red, but even then there's always a red hue at the white end.

 

I wondered if my eyes were doing "eye things" and just blending the red color in, so I put a fully white rectangle next to it, and yes, there is a red hue that persists. I've attached a screenshot of the rectangles with the menu and edit gradient button pressed so its clear what's going on.

 

How do I get a simple linear gradient from red to white?

 

Thanks!

 

EdwardChandlerJr_0-1715350386837.png

 

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Community Expert , May 10, 2024 May 10, 2024

Thank you for the file.

You have several effects applied to that bar. is that on purpose?

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That is the Appearance panel.

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I would move the white stop slightly. There could be a pink one below.

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Hi - Thanks for the response!

So I checked, and I don't think there were more than two color stops. However, your thought did give me an idea, and I found something. I don't know what it means, but maybe you do? So I added a third color stop, and low and behold, it didn't do a single thing to the gradient.EdwardChandlerJr_0-1715352297862.png

 

However.... when I flip it 180 so white is the leftmost color, then white dominates the whole thing. 

 

(See attachment)

 

And then when I do a diagonal rotation (120deg), it then successfully shows the full range of the gradient.

 

(see second attachment)

 

Finally when I make white the reverse, I can actually get basically the gradient I'd expect, but in the opposite orientation I need the gradient in. Flipping it just returns the issue I showed before.

 

(see third attachment). 

 

Am I crazy?

 

 

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Can you perhaps share the AI file?

Change the file extension to .PDF and then you can upload it here.

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Thanks so much for looking! I really appreciate it!

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Thank you for the file.

You have several effects applied to that bar. is that on purpose?

Bildschirmfoto 2024-05-10 um 17.27.34.png

 

That is the Appearance panel.

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Oh wow.  That's exactly the issue. I deleted the 3D and Materials line and suddenly the muted red went away and it did the gradient perfectly. I wonder if the gradient was going along some weird axis out of plane with the 2D representation on the illustrator sheet. 

 

Regardless, that was it! Thank you so much. 

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Glad you could solve it with this.

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