I am trying to make a gradient with a grain filter that goes from 0% opacity to black 100% opacity. The issue I am having is in between the white color is gradually increasing in opacity, and so this shows up if I change my background color. I am using this design for printing on multiple colors, so the gradient just needs black and nothing else. Any ideas?enter image description here

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Select the object with the gradient

Open the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance, or Shift+F6)

Click on Opacity, and change the blending mode to Multiply

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  • Oh wow, that feels like an obvious answer, thank you! Apr 26, 2021 at 0:38
  • Now I've exported but I get the same problem. Is there a way to export it without having the white? Apr 26, 2021 at 4:13
  • @DylanCoats exported into what? the word Export really importanyt here too as export implies not all features supported.
    – joojaa
    Apr 26, 2021 at 6:45
  • @DylanCoats - not all file formats support blending modes. You may have to find an alternative method if you need vector output that isn't an AI file, or alternatively export in a raster format. What format are you exporting to? What is it going to be used for? Does it need to be vector? Note also that the Grain effects in AI are raster anyway.
    – Billy Kerr
    Apr 26, 2021 at 9:55
  • I tried exporting as PNG and SVG. It is going to be used for print on shirts so it doesn't need to be vector. It just needs to be able to get printed on different colors of shirts. Apr 26, 2021 at 15:28

to remove the white color click on the white dot (1), set opacity to 0% (2)

  • While this will work for a normal gradient, it doesn't work if you then add a raster effect such as grain, which is what the OP is doing.
    – Billy Kerr
    Apr 26, 2021 at 16:08

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