enter image description here I'm trying to make these separate rectangles into 1 rectangle with each gradient flowing seamlessly into one another. Right now, the edges are too harsh for me and I want more smoothness. All of these gradients are from the Metal swatches in the Gradient Library.

I tried using the Blend tool, but I was unsuccessful no matter which option I chose.

I made a gradient by hand to show you what I'm trying to do. Here are some examples.

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My predicament is my hand made gradient takes a while. I write each swatch's RGB number down then one by one I add it to my new shape.

Is there any way of making this process easier? Am I missing something? I'm new to using these programs and this is the second time I'm coming across this problem. Doing it by hand gives the best results but I feel like I'm making the process more complicated than it needs to be.

Thanks in advance Adobe Veterans!

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You can do this with a single multi-colored gradient. I would not use blends here for any reason.

Set up the general swatches needed for each gradient.

Draw a rectangle and apply a gradient fill, then drag the swatches to the gradient to create the single multi-step gradient.

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Once you have all the gradient stops, you can move them to position them as you'd like.

  • It should be noted that this will never be perfect unless you add more colors to the gradient. Mar 5, 2018 at 21:56
  • Well you may need to play with some additional stops.. not sure you need more colors but you would need a few more color stops to be a bit smoother with it.
    – Scott
    Mar 5, 2018 at 22:08
  • Sidebar: I really love how <sarcasm>GREAT!</sarcasm> Adobe's UI in the CC versions has become -- Like HERE!
    – Scott
    Mar 5, 2018 at 22:25
  • I think they pretty much only develop for people who use the darker UI's Mar 5, 2018 at 22:47
  • Can't stand them dark UIs :)
    – Scott
    Mar 5, 2018 at 22:55

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