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I have two separate objects that I have applied gradient fill to.

The gradient fill seems to only apply to the objects as individuals. I tried grouping the shapes, but that doesn't seem to change the gradient.

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How do I get one gradient to cover all my shapes?

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In order to get a single gradient to cover multiple objects, you need to use the Gradient Tool.

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Select your objects, then with the Gradient Tool, click and drag from where you want the gradient to start, and let go where you want the gradient to end.

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This will cause the gradient to cover all selected objects. You can then modify gradient settings using the Gradient Panel

Alternatively you can create a Compound Shape of the multiple objects, if feasible, and that will allow a gradient to see the compound shape as one object. However, Compound Shapes are not always a good solution for overall construction. It depends upon the artwork.

  • Great! Precise and to the point. I guess this only works from CS6 and after? Not sure. – Yannis Dran Mar 30 '16 at 17:38
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This guy's answer is my favorite: http://www.bittbox.com/illustrator/illustrator-101-one-gradient-across-multiple-paths

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  • I agree that this Answer has little to no merit on its face, but the cited article is spot-on and solved this problem for me, whereas the accepted answer (Scott's) did not. More specifically, Scott's answer looked promising, but when I select the Gradient tool, I cannot "click"; the cursor icon is a cross-hair with the crossed-out circle (AKA "no smoking sign"). The solution for me was to select all of the individual objects, right-click, and select "Make Compound Path", then apply the gradient. Why I can't drag with the gradient tool, despite all layers being visible and unlocked... no idea. – Ben Johnson Feb 22 '18 at 2:29

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