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If you take this image: spiral image

Is it possible to make a gradient in Illustrator that follows that path? I made something similar (just not with a single path, but with the pen tool) and I want to have the gradient follow the shape, but instead it just goes either linear (top to bottom) or radial (from the inside out). I want to have the start of the spiral lighter and than the tip in the center to be darker.

  • Yes, but it depends on AI version.... – Ilan Oct 31 '14 at 10:20
  • I have Illustrator CS6. – Spyron Oct 31 '14 at 10:52
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    You should differentiate the PATH and SHAPE which is in your case may be expanded path. I answered the Q assuming you have a path, and if you don't - create it :) – Ilan Oct 31 '14 at 11:13
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Look at the images - you choose the same options and get the result -

You select the path and invoke GRADIENT panel where you choose between 3 STROKE options according to the desired effect:

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    Ilan it's the correct answer, but I think it's lacking textual content. Search engines will only be able to read: Look at the images - you choose the same options and get the result - or or as the answer. Answering all how-to's like this will negatively impact SEO. I really wish you would write out some step-by-step instructions for your answers. – Dom Nov 4 '14 at 18:26
  • @MrE.Upvoter Added text explanation with keywording. – Ilan Nov 7 '14 at 20:40
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There is now a "Apply gradient along stroke" setting in the Gradient panel of Illustrator CC. My current version is 20.0.0. Just adding this for googlers.

Gradient Panel > Add gradient along stroke

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