I set my document in CMYK. But Gradient always acts at it's own sweet will. Whenever i try to apply it on other vector graphics it goes automatically to grayscale. Then every time manually i have to set it back to CMYK. I dont want gradient to switch on ny other color mode. Is it possible inside illustrator? enter image description here

  • Hi. Although the dialog you show has "grayscale" checked, the gradient stop is shown as 100% K which is a CMYK colour. Not sure what problem you are trying to solve but I can't see anything wrong here. If you want another mix of CMYK colours intead of K only, then just choose one from the swatches.
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 22, 2020 at 15:20
  • suppose i have two vector graphics on my art board. one is created by me and another one is downloaded. so when i apply gradient on my design the color is CMYK. but if i try to apply gradient on the downloaded one it switched to gray-scale. and i have to change it Every-time from gray-scale to CMYK. i want it to stop. i want gradient to stay in CMYK mode always... is it possible? i even dnt understand why it shifts... its weird. Feb 22, 2020 at 15:55

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Appearance Panel Menu --- be certain New Art Has Basic Appearance is not checked.


Check the attributes tab and open the layers if maybe set with Transparency layer with an active effect.

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