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Illustrator Gradient Tool Not Expanding Correctly

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When creating a single color opacity gradient and then expanding the shape to create separate objects, you get messed up results: A clipping mask with two solid rectangles in it regardless of how many objects you told it to create when you expanded the shape.

Here are the steps I took and the results I expected vs what I got. Before I report this as a bug, does anyone want to tell me how stupid I am and that this is a feature of Illustrator and not a bug? 

 

If not, I will report this as a bug. I don't want to waste the dev's time if this is the expected behavior and I am just expecting too much. illustrator opacity gradient.jpg

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I tried your steps and got something similar, but it wasn't exactly the same. I got 3 rectangles with the top one more of a charcoal gray. I also only got the horizontal line at the top. It does seem like there's something not quite right with it. I also tried it with white in the center at 100% opacity. Expanding that yieled the expected result. If you want various levels of opacity, you could also try making a blend. Also, if you haven't already reported the bug, you can report it to Uservoice.

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Illustrator Gradient Tool Not Expanding Correctly

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When creating a single color opacity gradient and then expanding the shape to create separate objects, you get messed up results: A clipping mask with two solid rectangles in it regardless of how many objects you told it to create when you expanded the shape.

Here are the steps I took and the results I expected vs what I got. Before I report this as a bug, does anyone want to tell me how stupid I am and that this is a feature of Illustrator and not a bug? 

 

If not, I will report this as a bug. I don't want to waste the dev's time if this is the expected behavior and I am just expecting too much. illustrator opacity gradient.jpg

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Correct answer by Myra Ferguson | Adobe Community Professional

I tried your steps and got something similar, but it wasn't exactly the same. I got 3 rectangles with the top one more of a charcoal gray. I also only got the horizontal line at the top. It does seem like there's something not quite right with it. I also tried it with white in the center at 100% opacity. Expanding that yieled the expected result. If you want various levels of opacity, you could also try making a blend. Also, if you haven't already reported the bug, you can report it to Uservoice.

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I tried your steps and got something similar, but it wasn't exactly the same. I got 3 rectangles with the top one more of a charcoal gray. I also only got the horizontal line at the top. It does seem like there's something not quite right with it. I also tried it with white in the center at 100% opacity. Expanding that yieled the expected result. If you want various levels of opacity, you could also try making a blend. Also, if you haven't already reported the bug, you can report it to Uservoice.

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Thanks for trying it out. I will submit a bug report now that someone else has tried it. I always like to ask here first because some things that I consider to be bugs because they defy all logic turn out to be what the developers had in mind. Now that I have confirmation that something strange is going on, I'll submit the bug report and begin holding my breath (just kidding).

 

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yes, looks like a bug in ransparency module. Usnig B-W-B gradient, all works fine, but with 100-0-100 Black it creates (in my case) 4 rectangles: dark gray - black - black - dark gray. 

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It may be related to the impossibility to add transparent colors to the swatches panel.

Something else I noticed there is also a path generated that has only 2 points and is at the same time a closed object.

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