Graphic Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Graphic Design professionals, students, and enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

This is an ultra novice question from an ultra novice person.

I created three overlapping vector paths in Photoshop then applied gradients to them. When I opened the PSD file in Illustrator, I chose "Convert Layers to Objects" then OK. Now, when I choose any two paths in Illustrator, click the blend tool and click on the paths so I can blend their gradients, nothing blends. The paths retain their colors.

What seems to be wrong here and what can I do so I can blend the gradients of the paths?

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

The problem stems from the use of the gradient overlay in Photoshop. If I understand your situation correctly the layer panel of your psd file in PS looks something like this:

enter image description here

Importing that file in Illustrator and chosing Convert Layers to Objects would result in the following layer panel in AI:

enter image description here

Selecting one of the objects and checking the Appearance panel shows that the objects are not actual paths, but Illustrator sees them as images:

enter image description here

You can't work around this if you want to stick to making your gradient in Photoshop and exporting it to Illustrator. As Scott mentions in the comments the gradients in PS are raster images, not vectors.

The best thing would be to make the whole path and gradient in Illustrator. If the path's are complex you can export them from PS to AI without a fill, apply the gradient in AI and then do a blend.

share|improve this answer
thanks. i applied the gradient in illustrator instead of photoshop. blend is now working. :) – Bernie Apr 23 '14 at 2:07

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.