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Edit Gradient tool off the canvas

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May 13, 2024 May 13, 2024

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Hello,

 

I have a large number of individual outlined paths with gradients in them. When I want to Edit the Gradient, the handles are miles off the canvas. It's a pain to edit. Is this a bug?

What?What?

 

Or can I force all the gradients to fit on the artboard in one action?

 

I can't seem to be able to edit multiple gradients at once.

 

Do I have to do this on every single path?

 

Thanks,

Will

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Community Expert , May 14, 2024 May 14, 2024

When you save a gradient, the angle is saved as well.

When you apply a gradient swatch, hold down the alt key. Then the angle is applied as well.

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Are the gradients saved as swatches?

 

The plugin Subscribe/Gradiator offers a button called "Fit to art"

So just in case you have Astute Graphics plugins (not free), then that's what you can use.

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Yes, the gradients are all swatches. Nothing looks untoward, all within the confines of the settings. It's odd. I'll take a look at that plugin; thanks.

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Was this artwork imported from another application? It's not natural for the gradient annotator to be extending completely outside the maximum workspace limits. I wouldn't trust such a thing to print correctly. I'd probably change the object fills to a normal solid fill to get rid of that gradient and re-build a gradient that is within the art board or at least within the visible workspace.

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Yes, it was all created in the file. I used the line tool and then outlined paths. The file was filled with gradients from my swatches. I'll try a solid fill and eye dropping some test versions of the gradients.

Thanks.

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I changed the fills to solid and made some test gradients. When I eye-dropped them, it copied the gradient but not the correct angle. At least it put the bounds on the canvas this time, so it fixed that.

 

Is there a key command to make sure you also copy the correct angle?

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I can't drag the gradient object I want to copy into the Graphic Styles Panel either. I've no idea why.

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When you save a gradient, the angle is saved as well.

When you apply a gradient swatch, hold down the alt key. Then the angle is applied as well.

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Yikes. Why doesn't it default to copy the correct angle when eye-dropped or selected? That seems wrong.

 

Anyway, to get the angle I set in my gradient, I can hold down alt when selecting the swatch. That works.

 

Thank you.

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Can you share this Illustrator file for inspection?

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You can download it from this shared drive: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dKP02PsxGiYvOaNHL2r-yEPGha9LAEL1/view?usp=sharing

 

See if you can find anything.

 

Thanks.

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