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I'm using Illustrator and doing a typography course. In order to create a bit more visual weight, I'm trying to mimic the idea of sound resonance through color. In this image

type with blend tool

I simply use the blend tool to duplicate the type and after creating outlines and expanding the shape I try using the radial gradient as I need the center to be dark and the last blocks of type to be grey.

gradients for every letter

What happens instead is that every letter gets its own gradient.

Can you guys think of a smart way to go around this. I've found a solution to my issue by manually lowering the opacity, but I'm wondering if there's a more efficient way to approach this.

Thanks

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    See the duplicate. There's probably no reason you need to expand or create outlines.
    – Scott
    May 13 at 4:55
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Group everything and then convert the group to a Compound Path. To do so, select the grouped shapes and go to Object > Compound Path > Make.

Then apply the gradient to it. It should work fine. I don't know how Compound Path does the trick, but I guess it treats it like a single shape in this case. It is often used for applying gradients like this.

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You can distort the shape of Circle if you need to.

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