Illustrator: Trying to map a stroke with gradient around a path - won't work as a Brush object

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Aug 16, 2022 Aug 16, 2022

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I'm trying to make a gradient stroke map to a delta shape, so the gradient follows the delta around, sticking out in a starburst object.

 

I'm not having any results - the stroke won't be made into a Brush.

 

How is this done? I just want the stroke to march around the path - looks like I need to manually rotate and align every instance of the stroke?

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Community Expert , Aug 16, 2022 Aug 16, 2022

1) Apply the desired gradient to the delta shape. Copy the path and paste in front.

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2) Create the desired brush shape in black, apply to the front path. If necessary, adjust the stroke weight of the back path to match the width of the brush.

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3) Select both paths, and in the Appearance, Properties, or  Transparency panel click Make Mask.

 

 

tromboniator_3-1660695356317.png

4) Be sure that Clip and Invert Mask are activated.

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Gradients are not supported in brushes, you need to expand the stroke and expand the gradient to be able to use it as a pattern brush.

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What do you mean by expand? is this somewhere in a menu? or a spatial change?

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OK, just read all about the Object>Expand thing - thanks, trying it all now.

 

Is there another method?

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1) Apply the desired gradient to the delta shape. Copy the path and paste in front.

tromboniator_1-1660695234548.png

2) Create the desired brush shape in black, apply to the front path. If necessary, adjust the stroke weight of the back path to match the width of the brush.

tromboniator_2-1660695296041.png

3) Select both paths, and in the Appearance, Properties, or  Transparency panel click Make Mask.

 

 

tromboniator_3-1660695356317.png

4) Be sure that Clip and Invert Mask are activated.

tromboniator_4-1660695416146.png

tromboniator_5-1660695451365.png

Peter

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ok -well, all I can say is

 

BOOM

Thanks!

 

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You're welcome, Scott.

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