Editing the Colors of a Gradient Mesh &gt, Shading with the Adobe Illustrator CS5 Mesh Object

There are two main ways to edit the colors of a gradient mesh: by editing the color of each mesh point, and/or by editing a mesh area. We'll look at how to make each change so you'll understand why two methods are available. Another method for editing color in a gradient mesh is to apply color to a mesh patch. See what I mean by following these steps: You can also Shift-click a series of mesh patches with the Direct Selection tool to apply color to a larger area. , demonstrates using mesh objects to add gradients to curves. Brian shares his best tips for saving steps and preventing headaches as you work with mesh objects. There are two main ways to edit the colors of a gradient mesh: by editing the color of each mesh point, and/or by editing a mesh area. We'll look at how to make each change so you'll understand why two methods are available. Position the pointer over the mesh object. Most of the time, a plus sign (+) appears next to the cursor. Now position the pointer over the center point of the mesh. Notice that the plus disappears. The plus indicates that you can add another mesh point (and another set of mesh lines). The cursor without a plus sign indicates that you can edit a point. Click the center point of the mesh to select it. Make sure that the Fill box is chosen in the Tools panel. Then, by using the Color panel, the Swatches panel, or any other method for making color, choose another color. The color assigned to that point is changed. Either hold down the Shift key and click a series of points on the edge of the shape, or drag a selection marquee across a series of points to select them. Another method for editing color in a gradient mesh is to apply color to a mesh patch. See what I mean by following these steps: Change the color fill of the area, using the same method as previously discussed. This is a way to apply color to a larger portion of the mesh, called a Source.


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