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## How to apply gradient to one segment in infinity symbol?

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Jun 05, 2020

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Newb Q here:

I've drawn black infinity symbol, "∞", with the ellipse and line tools.

I'd like to make it so that one of the crosshatches fades from black to transparent and back to black again, but I'm so rusty, I'm not even sure how to begin tackling this problem.

How do I apply the gradient to just the one line segment?

Thanks in advance for your help and patience!

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If I understand you correctly, I believe that Jacob's (Hi, Jacob!) suggestion A is the way to go. Leave the shape in separate segments or join the parts that are not involved in the gradient portion. Select one of the crossing segments and apply the gradient along the stroke. I went from 100% black to 0% white and back again to be sure that the black would vanish completely. I used colors just to show the separate segments.

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## How to apply gradient to one segment in infinity symbol?

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Newb Q here:

I've drawn black infinity symbol, "∞", with the ellipse and line tools.

I'd like to make it so that one of the crosshatches fades from black to transparent and back to black again, but I'm so rusty, I'm not even sure how to begin tackling this problem.

How do I apply the gradient to just the one line segment?

Thanks in advance for your help and patience!

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If I understand you correctly, I believe that Jacob's (Hi, Jacob!) suggestion A is the way to go. Leave the shape in separate segments or join the parts that are not involved in the gradient portion. Select one of the crossing segments and apply the gradient along the stroke. I went from 100% black to 0% white and back again to be sure that the black would vanish completely. I used colors just to show the separate segments.

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VowelMouth,

Any answer rather depends on the way you wish it to look, in detail, and on (lack of) requirements.

"How do I apply the gradient to just the one line segment?"

Here are a few (im)possibilities:

A) If there is no closed path requirement, you can create the line segment as a separate path with a simple gradient along it.

B) If a closed path is required, you can apply a cunningly calculated gradient along it where the rest is black.

But a crucial question is this: how is the desired appearance at the actual crossing where one transparent segment crosses over/under a black segment?

If the black segment is to appear unbroken, it will look as if it is on top and break the flow in the transparency of the other one.

Otherwise the black segment will appear sharply broken.

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You could also try expanding the cross hatch and the using a Graident Mesh Tool:

This will ultimatley give you more control in regards to your colour application.

Be sure to duplicate the original shape first.

Here is a cool tutorial that explains the freeform gradient and the Mesh Gradient Tool very well:

Hope this helps,

Sim

One of the coolest new features of Adobe Illustrator CC 2019 was without a doubt the Freeform Gradient. We covered it already in a few other Illustrator tuto...

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Interesting! Thanks for taking the time to write this up!

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A basic gradient on (along) stroke:

And if you have just one stroke and need to split or cut it, use Scissor Tool (C) clicking on the stroke or line.

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This is awesome, thank you.

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If I understand you correctly, I believe that Jacob's (Hi, Jacob!) suggestion A is the way to go. Leave the shape in separate segments or join the parts that are not involved in the gradient portion. Select one of the crossing segments and apply the gradient along the stroke. I went from 100% black to 0% white and back again to be sure that the black would vanish completely. I used colors just to show the separate segments.

Peter

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Hi Peter.

We have just had the second dry (as in drought), sunny, and cold, spring in a row. And now, with the hay season, rain.

Edit: And thunder, just now.

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