So I have this line design in AI, and I made this super colorful gradient mesh with the color design I want to apply to the lines. (They are in separate layers if that is relevant) How do I use the color design of the gradient mesh to color the lines?


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If the line design isn't too complex, one way of solving this problem is to create a clipping mask:

  • convert the strokes of the object to outlines,
  • merge the resulting objects together using pathfinder tools,
  • create a clipping mask with the line design on top of the gradient mesh.

This works in Illustrator CS5 and i can't say if newer versions allow to do it in a different way.

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