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Why does an object's gradient change when I select or move the object?

Explorer ,
Nov 16, 2020 Nov 16, 2020

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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....

 

color change.JPGgradient change.JPG

 

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.

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Explorer , Nov 17, 2020 Nov 17, 2020

I reported this as a bug in the software. If anyone cares to upvote for Adobe to solve the problem, here's a link:

 

https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-desktop-bugs/suggestions/41974333-some-freeform-gradients-change-when-selected-with

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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. 

 

changing elements.JPG

 

All I did was select the elements and they immediately change.

changed.JPG

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).

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This is the original shape of the gradient

gradient shape.JPG

and how it changes after I select the two objects together. 

changed gradient.JPG

Changes vary slightly depending on the colors of the original gradient. Sometimes there are drastic changes of color, sometimes drastic changes of gradient shape.

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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.

working gradient.JPG

But the instant I select either or both object(s) with any other object, the change occurs.

changed duplicate.JPG

 

(Sorry to keep posting - I am trying to get as much information about the problem as possible.)

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Nov 17, 2020 Nov 17, 2020

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Here's another example of how a freeform gradient changes when it is selected with another object.

gradient should.JPGgradient affected.JPG

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I reported this as a bug in the software. If anyone cares to upvote for Adobe to solve the problem, here's a link:

 

https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-desktop-bugs/suggestions/41974333-some-f...

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 03, 2022 Oct 03, 2022

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Thank you for trying to look deeper into this!

 

I have encountered a similar problem, and for me there seems to be a connection to the size of the affected objects. I had no problems with complicated "free" gradients, until I started to enlarge the objects that use them. After that, any movement or event selection of an object would remove a color out of the gradient. But while those objects stay in a small size (like, pretty darn small), nothing of the sort is happenning.

 

I hope this will be resolved one day.

 

Thanks!

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 05, 2023 Apr 05, 2023

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I'm searching for another solution to other problem but found this, I guess this has to do with the colors in the gradient falling of the shape, its kind of a bug that somehow you end up with an "impossible" gradient that gets fixed once illustrator notices it. The solution to this should be keeping the color dots inside the sape.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 16, 2023 Dec 16, 2023

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That seems to be the case, thank you for posting.

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Dec 16, 2023 Dec 16, 2023

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What is this? A compound path? A group?

Please show the Appearance panel with the object selected.

 

The problem with freeform gradients is that they do not adapt to different shapes.

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Dec 09, 2023 Dec 09, 2023

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the only way I solved this problem   is  not to rotate object  ,and gradient would not changed after select all free gradient

只要物体不旋转任意渐变就不会随意改变,你看看是不是这样

 

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Dec 09, 2023 Dec 09, 2023

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the only way I solved this problem   is  not to rotate object  before  apply free grident    ,and gradient would not changed after select all free gradient

只要物体不旋转任意渐变就不会随意改变,你看看是不是这样

 


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