How can I create these types of gradient images in Illustrator?

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    This question has a nice anser if you're looking to make this in Photoshop.
    – Vincent
    Commented Apr 25, 2014 at 10:13

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The procedure to create complex gradient is eventually pretty easy.

In Illustrator:

Sep 1) Create a rectangle the size of your canvas, with no stroke or fill

Step 2) Now you need to create what is called "Gradient Mesh"! You'll find its icon in the toolbar.

Step 3) with the tool active, simply click where you want to add a pivot (sort of control point) inside the rectangle. You can then associate a colour to every single pivot (you should select the pivot and click on the color panel to choose the color, or if you want to duplicated some picture - choose color picker and click on the picture to be copied): Illustrator will create a nice smooth transition in between every shift of colour.

Step 4) if you need it, you can refine the position of the pivots and their colours.

Step 5) Job's done!

Good luck

EDITION (Ilan, picture added) Creating/duplicating of the picture in question took 1 minute -

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  • You're on the right track, however, probably, it is better to describe the critical steps more precisely: "You can then associate a colour..." can be unclear to the OP, even if it just a click on a color panel with the point selected...
    – Ilan
    Commented Apr 25, 2014 at 4:35
  • Thank Ian, I indeed assume obvious a step that may not that obvious for beginners! Now the process is as clear as water!
    – IIIax
    Commented Apr 25, 2014 at 5:14

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