5 easy Steps How to add a Gradient in illustrator

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In this article, I will show you how to add a gradient to editable text in illustrator. Adding a gradient to a shape is easy. You just have to click the gradient with the shape selected.

When you have live text it is not as easy as it seems to add the gradient and have the text remain editable. When you click the gradient with the text selected, the text turns black but the fill shows up as a gradient. So how do you add a Gradient to editable text in illustrator?

How to Add color gradients in illustrator

In the last article, we showed you How To Make A 3D Layered Text Using Adobe Illustrator Easily. We did a video too to ensure it is easy to follow through. Here is a link.

In this one too, watch a video guide that we will share soon. Alternatively, you can join our free Graphic Design Facebook class for similar content. You can also contact us if you have any questions or want to tip our team.

How to add a Gradient to editable text in illustrator

Step 1: Go to the text tool and type your text. Let us duplicate the text by clicking control C and then control V.

How to add a Gradient to editable text in illustrator easily

Step 2: We will work on the second text. Select the text and totally remove the fill color. For the top image, we will not remove the fill color for comparison so it will remain black.

How to add a Gradient to editable text

Step 3: Go to Window then Appearance on the top menu. with both the texts selected. From the pop-up menu, set the color to black. Now we have a swatch that can be edited.

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When you now click the gradient tool both texts now have a gradient fill. There is one difference, however. The edges on the top text which we had not removed the black fill are not so good. That is the main reason you have to first remove the fill color.

How to add a Gradient to editable text in illustrator easily

Going to Window then Gradient will bring up a pop-up menu that you can use to set the angle, gradient colors, and orientation such as linear or radial.

How to add a Gradient to editable text in illustrator easily

The text has a gradient and still remains fully editable. For example, let’s change the word creative to simple. It automatically takes up the gradient fill.

Working with shapes; How to Add color gradients in illustrator

Adding gradients to shapes is easy. It is just as you would add a color fill to texts. You just have to click the gradient color with the shape selected. Editing the gradient is just the same as we have done for the text.  

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