It’s great meeting our customers and finding out how they use our products; personally what I love the most is bringing new skills and methods into the mix, making new tools discoverable and relevant to their endeavours, or revealing tools/techniques that may have been overlooked (as you have your nose to the grindstone all day). Some questions keep coming up so there’s now a new category of posts on my blog—Q and A—where I’ll add the answer to common questions from customers and event audiences.
“How do I put a gradient fill on text in Illustrator without outlining the text?”
Making gradient text in Illustrator isn’t perhaps as straightforward as you’d expect but if you know how it’s really simple:
- Use the Selection Tool to select the text
- Make sure that the Fill swatch is in front in the Toolbox (tap X on your keyboard to toggle Fill/Stroke)
- Tap / (slash key) to remove the current fill
- Hold down CMD and tap / again
- Tap the Period (full-stop) key to apply a gradient fill
- Use the Gradient Panel and Gradient Tool to adjust as desired
- Text is still live!