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How to use a gradient stroke with art brush

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Apr 08, 2018

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Just yesterday I was using a gradient stroke with a brush in illustrator and now it has gone back to filling with black. I have searched everywhere and it says that you are not able to do this, but I promise that it was happening somehow. I erased all of the strokes thinking I could continue and that this was a new feature, so I don't have evidence.

Does anyone have the best way to paint with gradients? I've seen the step where it says to group, use pathfinder etc. and even if I could get this to work for me I am hoping there is some new feature that allows it that I stumbled on for a moment.

Thanks for any help!

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How to use a gradient stroke with art brush

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Apr 08, 2018

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Just yesterday I was using a gradient stroke with a brush in illustrator and now it has gone back to filling with black. I have searched everywhere and it says that you are not able to do this, but I promise that it was happening somehow. I erased all of the strokes thinking I could continue and that this was a new feature, so I don't have evidence.

Does anyone have the best way to paint with gradients? I've seen the step where it says to group, use pathfinder etc. and even if I could get this to work for me I am hoping there is some new feature that allows it that I stumbled on for a moment.

Thanks for any help!

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Without more specific details about your brush and its settings nobody can really tell you much. If you don't know what you did it's unlikely that anyone can figure it out telepathically based on such a vague description, anyway.

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if you can't help out then dont even bother replying to the comment in the first place

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In versions CS6 and above you could apply the gradient directly to the stroke.

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Check out this tutorial.

Illustrator CS6 | New Gradient Stroke Magic - YouTube

As Monika says, CS6 and later.

HTH

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Monica,

As I (mis)understand it, in older versions you could use an Art Brush based upon a blend.

Are you sure the path has not been changed to its basic appearance or something so it is a matter of reapplying whatever you applied?

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Your search results are correct. While you can apply a gradient to a stroke, you cannot apply a gradient to a stroke that has a brush applied to it.

You could Object > Expand the brush stroke. That will result in a filled shape that can have a gradient fill.

If you want to use a brush, here is a workaround:

You could create your own brush or edit one of the brushes that comes with Illustrator. Below is a rectangle filled with a gradient.

That cannot be made directly into a brush, but you can choose Object > Expand. OK.

Drag that into the Brushes panel and choose Art Brush for type of brush

Now you can paint with your new gradient brush.

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Thank you so much Barbara!

I've figured out how to add the gradient into the stroke, but can't quite figure out how to create a new brush that allows me to paint with a gradient. I'm not sure how I was doing this before yet, but happy now with this fix!

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What do you want the brush to look like?

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Not sure I understand your question. You create new brushes by first designing the brush then dragging the artwork into the brushes palette.

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Barbara thank you so much, you save my day 😃

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I Have A Problem...
When I make Your Solution And Get To The Point That  I Click The Brush Tool And In An UnExpected Moment The Illustrator Crashes And EveryTime I Do It... It Crashes
Version:CC 2017 32-bit

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"I Have A Problem...
When I make Your Solution And Get To The Point That I Click The Brush Tool And In An UnExpected Moment The Illustrator Crashes And EveryTime I Do It... It Crashes
Version:CC 2017 32-bit"

 

Please tell us exactly what you did step by step.

What you expected to happen.

What actually happened.

Please show screenshots.

 

And please create a new thread. It's hard to even find your message in this one.

 

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