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Fill irregular-shaped object with gradient color

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Hi all. I am using Illustrator CS6 and a beginner. I have an irregular-shaped object that I made with the pencil tool (image attached).

vivekg17706440_0-1597271600565.png

 

I can re-make the image using another tool if easier, and it doesn't really have to be exact. I want to fill the object with a gradient fill such that it starts off as one color (orange) and blends into another color (red). Ideally this would be along the arrows indicated below, but if this is too difficult or complicated it wouldn't be a big deal if the gradient is strictly vertical. 

vivekg17706440_1-1597271671815.pngvivekg17706440_2-1597271703298.png

Can someone explain how to do this? Please let me know if anything is unclear. Thanks for all your help! 

 

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Correct answer by Monika Gause | Adobe Community Professional

A freeform gradient would be well suited for this, but it doesn't exist in your version. A linear gradient would achieve the vertically running gradient. https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/gradients.html

You could of course try a gradient mesh as well.

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/meshes.html

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Fill irregular-shaped object with gradient color

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Hi all. I am using Illustrator CS6 and a beginner. I have an irregular-shaped object that I made with the pencil tool (image attached).

vivekg17706440_0-1597271600565.png

 

I can re-make the image using another tool if easier, and it doesn't really have to be exact. I want to fill the object with a gradient fill such that it starts off as one color (orange) and blends into another color (red). Ideally this would be along the arrows indicated below, but if this is too difficult or complicated it wouldn't be a big deal if the gradient is strictly vertical. 

vivekg17706440_1-1597271671815.pngvivekg17706440_2-1597271703298.png

Can someone explain how to do this? Please let me know if anything is unclear. Thanks for all your help! 

 

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Correct answer by Monika Gause | Adobe Community Professional

A freeform gradient would be well suited for this, but it doesn't exist in your version. A linear gradient would achieve the vertically running gradient. https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/gradients.html

You could of course try a gradient mesh as well.

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/meshes.html

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A freeform gradient would be well suited for this, but it doesn't exist in your version. A linear gradient would achieve the vertically running gradient. https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/gradients.html

You could of course try a gradient mesh as well.

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/meshes.html

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