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I want to grab one of the colors from a gradient, and turn it into a solid color swatch.


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Just to be precise, I want to get the color of one of the 'nodes' in the gradient. So if a a gradient goes from red to blue, I might want to grab the exact color blue from the blue node – i'm not wanting to grab any of the inbetween colors.

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If I understand you correctly; you can click on the little arrow in the gradient tab, that represent the colour you want to find: enter image description here

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Or, you could select the gradient object, and click the "create new colour group" at the bottom of the swatch window. This will give you a colour group with all the "main" colours in your gradient:

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"Create new colour group" was exactly what I was looking for. BTW, in method one you have to double click on the arrow/node to bring up the colour mixer. –  Graham Nicol Jan 22 at 4:17

Is the gradient from an image? Then use the color picker. Is the gradient done in Illustrator you can simply look it up in the gradient tab.

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It is an illustrator gradient. How do i "look it up" in the gradient tab? This was actually my initial question (although I was probably a little vague). –  Graham Nicol Jan 21 at 8:03

My way of solving it is (on my Mac) is to take a screenshot (cmd+ctrl+shift+4), use Photoshop by creating a new document and paste the screenshot (cmd+v). Then I use the color picker in Photoshop to get the color.

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Obviously this will work, but this method will come back to bight you in the butt eventually. The round trip from Illustrator to Photoshop then back to Illustrator can result in different color recipes, depending on color settings, etc. You'll end up with different colors in illustrator. @boblet's "create new colour group" solution is far safer and more accurate to work. –  TunaMaxx Jan 21 at 17:26
    
Yes, but can you pick up the colors in between the main colors by doing that? I thought the question was to be able to pick up any color from the gradient, not just the main colors... –  Henrik Ekblom Jan 22 at 8:30
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This may have happened after your comment, but the question has been edited to clarify that the OP was only looking for the main colors. Even still, while your method will allow picking the middle, or 'mixed' values, they will very likely be wrong. The round trip can be very destructive as you pass through various color spaces, profiles, etc. An accurate way to find the middle colors would be to Object > Expand the gradient in Illustrator and select an actual central slice of it. –  TunaMaxx Jan 22 at 17:32

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