I have a pretty simple radial gradient applied to two circles to simulate a pulse effect. Is it possible to replicate this same effect but with a hexagon for the shapes? It would be best to know how this is done in Illustrator. enter image description here


You can probably get it done, not with gradients but with blends. Try making a big hexagon with the green color, a smaller one with the background color and blending. Duplicate and scale for the center.

This is my own 1-minute attempt:

will it blend?

  • imho, this should be the accepted answer. It's way cleaner and easier than bemdesign's solution. – Vincent Jan 21 '16 at 11:53
  • Great solution! – bemdesign Jan 21 '16 at 12:15

So I originally thought this isn't possible but then geometry for the win! A hexagon can be created from 6 triangles.

  1. Create a triangle shape and give it a linear gradient
  2. Copy the triangle and past in front of the original triangle.
  3. Rotate the new triangle by 60 degrees.
  4. Position new triangle.
  5. Repeat step 2 but now rotate the new triangle by -60 degrees.
  6. Align the triangles to make the top of the hexagon.
  7. Copy the 3 aligned triangles and past in front.
  8. Rotate these new triangles (as a group) 180 degrees.
  9. Align the new triangles to form the bottom of the hexagon.
  10. There you go! A hexagon with a similar-ish radial gradient as to your original circles (the hexagon's gradient will have a bit of a "starburst ray" effect along the edges where the triangles meet at the edges).
  • Thanks @bemdesign! This works just like you suggested, but with what I'm imagining as my goal, it won't be possible with this way or any other methods. Thanks again! – Eugene Ross Jan 21 '16 at 4:54

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