Illustrator gradient color issue

Community Beginner ,
Sep 17, 2019 Sep 17, 2019

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I'm trying to create smooth color shifts with the gradient tool. When I add my colors to the gradient tool I get washed out gray looking colors between my pure colors on the gradient annotator. With only 2 colors it is managable but with several colors (think Instagram logo colors) it looks terrible. I get a bulls-eye looking gradient with the pure colors being "saturated color" and the intermediate areas going "washed out"

 

I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. 

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Sep 17, 2019 Sep 17, 2019

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The issue requires an in-depth understanding of colors and what can cause banding, especially in the printing industry. This article will be a good starting point to understand why you are experiencing this issue so that you can tweak your gradient and/or choose more complimentary colors.

http://www.theinformedillustrator.com/2012/10/working-with-gradients-blends.html

 

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Sep 17, 2019 Sep 17, 2019

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Ok. Will take a look. Thanks!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 19, 2019 Sep 19, 2019

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Meganchi..... Wow, that is a great article! I think we all have run into the banding problem and figured various ways to solve it, or we just let the banding go. But this article is great as it does give several thoughts. Cheers!!!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 17, 2019 Sep 17, 2019

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If the article @meganchi sited doesn't help, then please let us know what color mode you are using, what output and a screenshot so that we can further help you.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 17, 2019 Sep 17, 2019

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Here is a gradient of three RBG reds. The gray bands transition between the colors.

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Sep 17, 2019 Sep 17, 2019

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This is very likely caused by using color swatches or a gradient swatch that originated from an older version of Illustrator or by an incompatible color model of any sort.

 

If you re-make the individual color swatches according tho their RGB or CMYK values & redo the gradient with the new swatches you will probably not see the grey banding.

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Here is a a radial gradient made with three shades of red (RGB mix). The center is the lightest the outer is the darkest. The gray bands are the transition colors. I want the gray areas to be blended to the colors used.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 17, 2019 Sep 17, 2019

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Played around a little more and I think you have the solution! Thanks!

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Sep 17, 2019 Sep 17, 2019

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No problem. Very happy to help. I deal with this a lot with legacy files going all the way back to the 90's. I've never found another way around it other than to remake the individual color swatches. Can you please mark this as a correct answer so I can get a fancy badge?

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Sep 17, 2019 Sep 17, 2019

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How do I do that? Sorry, not on here much.

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Haha! No worries. I actually have no idea either. I'm not on here much myself. Maybe just a like on my answer?

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Feb 03, 2021 Feb 03, 2021

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I actually just had this very problem and realized that the issue was that I was trying to create gradients with spot colors instead of process colors. If one of your colors has the dot on the bottom right double click it and change the Color Type field to Process Color rather than Spot Color.

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