I'm trying to re-create this in illustrator. These are the steps I take with the palm tress; Object>Expand. CMD 8. CMD ALT 2. Highlight All. Minus Front. This process messes up my gradients...

Second question regarding the horizontal lines. If I minus front them first, then try to minus front the palm trees, It cuts out most of the image, not sure what i'm doing wrong here. Thanks enter image description here

  • It would be best to set this up with flat fills, then do the expanding/pathfinder operations, then apply gradients where needed.
    – Scott
    Commented Jan 14, 2017 at 17:05
  • Do the black areas need to be transparent? Commented Mar 16, 2017 at 5:22

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Select the different path elements. Then select the gradient tool. Drag the gradient from the top to the bottom of your elements.

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