See the photos below. I selected the first object, and the instant I select the second one the yellow and purple parts of its gradient disappear (on the second object). This happens every time I select certain objects. Sometimes the gradient changes shape completely, sometimes it changes to entirely new colors, sometimes the gradient goes away....
This usually happens to "freeform" gradients, but sometimes linear gradients too.
Sometimes it'll happen even if I don't touch an object - if I edit one object, sometimes an object on the opposite side of the piece changes. Sometimes I'll save my work, close out of Illustrator, and when I re-open the work the colors will be messed up. Sometimes it happens when I group objects, sometimes when I ungroup them.
This makes it very difficult to move forward on my project. I'll very much appreciate if anyone has a solution to this problem.
I am running Windows 10 and Illustrator 24.
I isolated one of the groups of changing elements and copied the ones that change into the middle (note the difference in color between the inner elements and the outer ones). The same 6 in this group are always affected.
All I did was select the elements and they immediately change.
All 12 objects in this group were copied/pasted from the same gradient shape, so it does not seem to be a a difference in the structure of the gradient itself causing the problem.
To me it seems like a glitch in the function of freeform gradients. My computer meets all of the Illustrator requirements and I am not overloading the computer. The same change happens whether the elements are in a large file or isolated in their own file.
The same problem occurs in several groups of freeform gradients. It always seems to be the same individual elements that are affected, and there seem to be particular functions that trigger the change (in the case of these objects the change occurs when I select two or more of the objects - but in other groups it has occurred during grouping or ungrouping, when I make changes to other elements, when I make them invisible then visible again, or even when I save/close/re-open the document).
This is the original shape of the gradient
and how it changes after I select the two objects together.
Changes vary slightly depending on the colors of the original gradient. Sometimes there are drastic changes of color, sometimes drastic changes of gradient shape.
It might have something to do with the colors used.
If I copy and paste one of the objects that is not changing, and alter the colors to these ones that are affected, then suddenly it will alter if I select the object with another one.
If I select an object that usually alters with a copy of itself, it does not change.
But the instant I select either or both object(s) with any other object, the change occurs.
(Sorry to keep posting - I am trying to get as much information about the problem as possible.)
Here's another example of how a freeform gradient changes when it is selected with another object.
I reported this as a bug in the software. If anyone cares to upvote for Adobe to solve the problem, here's a link: