by Terry Hemphill


April 15, 2012

Adobe Illustrator CS6 Sneak Peak: Gradients on Strokes

Join Brenda Sutherland, Illustrator product manager, as she shares a new sneak peek into gradients on strokes in Illustrator CS6, part of Creative Suite CS6 and Adobe Creative Cloud.

Strokes are core to drawing in Illustrator, and for Illustrator CS6, the ability to apply gradients on strokes will let designers transform simple paths into visually complex and compelling shapes.

The beauty of this approach, beyond the imaginative artwork that can be created, is that the shape that’s created is an easily edited stroke, not the typical shape that’s defined by many points.

In Illustrator CS6, gradients on strokes can be applied along the length, across the width, or within a stroke, but the real magic happens when these new gradients are combined with the variable width stroke feature introduced in CS5.

Watch the video on Adobe TV.



  • By Asbjørn - 4:50 AM on April 16, 2012  

    Hallelujah! This is great news, not some new feature with a fancy name, but something basic, but highly useful (if a bit overdue). CS6 is looking good – I can’t wait to see what else is up Adobe’s sleeves (especially those of the InDesign team). Keep up the good work.

  • By Gordon McAlpin - 8:59 AM on April 16, 2012  

    The video is AWOL…? (It gives a 404.)

    • By Terry Hemphill - 9:51 AM on April 17, 2012  

      Hi Gordon,

      Link is fixed. Sorry for the hassles. Not sure what caused the link to stop.


      –Terry H.

  • By A - 4:50 AM on April 17, 2012  

    Link is broken 😉

    • By Terry Hemphill - 9:59 AM on April 17, 2012  

      Link is fixed now. Sorry for the hassle!


  • By Sharon Milne - 7:53 PM on April 18, 2012  

    I really can’t wait for this! I’m on the edge of my seat – so many possibilities!

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