The main difference between the initial example and your experiments is that the original does not cover nearly as drastic a change in hue.
Going from golden-yellow to magenta/pink is about a 1/6 turn on the colour wheel. In contrast, your experiments (orange-red to blue-violet, blue-violet to yellow-green, and cyan to blue-violet) are all more than 1/4 ...
Layer masks are located under the channels tab.
Copy the contents of your layer by selecting it then pressing Ctrl+A to select all followed by Ctrl+C to copy.
Select the layer that you want to mask and create a new mask by clicking the "add layer mask" icon at the bottom of the layers panel.
Go to channels tab (at the top of the layers panel), and select ...
In order to get a single gradient to cover multiple objects, you need to use the Gradient Tool.
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.
This will cause the gradient to cover all selected objects. You can then modify gradient settings using the ...
Since you are asking "why are they perceived differently", here is another (very geeky) thing to consider: the perceived luminescence of an RGB colour. This is hard to apply, so take my answer almost just as trivia : )
The luminescence value of a colour of indicates how "lit up" you perceive it. If the colour would be a light bulb, a colour with low ...
There is another easier (imo) way to do this. Create a new layer mask for the layer you wish to apply the mask to. Click on the mask in the layer panel, then go to image > apply image.
This allows you many options, including adding layers from any open document, controlling opacity, blending modes, channels, etc.
In this case, if you already have your ...
This is the process of taking the artwork and (for the lack of a better term) separating the colors to facilitate the creation of the individual printing plates. To show by example, here's a 3 color job:
Your printer probably won't expect you to create the plates with the trim and registration marks†, but you can certainly help them out by ...
Yes and no.
It's possible to create a gradient mesh in Inkscape, and save it out as an SVG. However the SVG standards used in browsers don't support gradient meshes yet. This might change in the future, but for the present no.
Another method which does work in browsers, is to add several solid objects, blur them, and put them in a clipping mask. This is ...
You can easily do this with a Gradient (without a gradient appearance). Don't let the term "Gradient" throw you. It's just the name of the tool, it doesn't have to mean a smooth transition between colors.
Just make certain the Location for both gradient stops is set the same.
You can even make this dynamic while keeping text live. So, it moves with the ...
One way would be to apply a linear gradient on the stroke. Create a circle, and stroke it with a gradient pattern. Make sure the gradient has the stops like in the table and picture below. The gradient might not look as smooth in the transitions, but that's all that comes to mind.
| Color Stop | RGB | ...
With the gradient tool selected (Ctrl+F1) select the start/end of the gradient and choose a desired color from the palette or the Fill&Stroke dialogue.
Double clicking on the gradient (blue line) adds a stop, which you then can also select and choose a color for.
If I understand you correctly; you can click on the little arrow in the gradient tab, that represent the colour you want to find:
Or, you could select the gradient object, and click the "create new colour group" at the bottom of the swatch window. This will give you a colour group with all the "main" colours in your gradient:
1. Create your gradient
2. Effect → Sketch → Graphic Pen...
Unhappy with the size of the dots?
3. Effect → Document Raster Effects Settings... Resolution
The Sketch effects output is monochrome by nature so you are stuck with a black and white gradient to begin with. You can easily colorize the effect with the use of some blending modes.
Gradient Mesh in Illustrator
draw a rectangle
select the Mesh Tool
click one corner of the rectangle
apply corner color
Select the Direct Selection Tool
Click another corner anchor and apply color
repeat for remaining corners
There's no simple, one-click solution for a gradient of that nature.
Shape Layers in Photoshop
For Photoshop, the processes is ...
Here's how I do it (steps correspond to pictures).
Starting shape to shade.
Create copy of shape with color of the shade (or highlight) you want to "speckle" and make sure the layer is above the original shape
Create a mask on this layer (3rd button from the left in layers palette)
Ensure that the mask is still selected and fill this mask with 50% gray
If your artwork is made with only strokes or only fills (you could just outline all your strokes if you have fills too), then you can either create a compound path (select all and cmd+8 or Object → Compound Path → Make) and apply a gradient as either stroke or fill:
Or you can group your artwork and add the gradient to the entire group, or simply select an ...
If I understand properly, you wanted to use the color picker for color stops of Gradient Tool.
I place here a solution because it looks very useful and not straightforward considering many questions in Google (and my 10 minutes self-updating research).
The workflow is:
Open Gradient tool panel
Window –> Gradient
or press Command/Control+F9, if you'...
Start with your gradient smart object set as a clipping mask for your artwork like so:
Open up the Blending Options for your gradient smart object:
Uncheck Blend Clipped Layers as Group:
Reduce the fill on your gradient smart object to 0%:
And that should do it for you
Add a new fill to the text via the Appearance Panel. Apply the gradient there. And be certain to move the new fill so it is above the "Characters" item in the panel.
Live text can not contain a gradient fill as the primary fill (don't ask me why).
You can do the following.
Create a new transparent layer and choose the "Blend Tool" and in the tool options, set the gradient to "FG to transparent".
Select the color you want to use for the vertical line and draw a gradient from one side of the canvas to the other.
Go to "Filters->Distorts->Polar Coordinates" and the default settings should be fine but ...
I think a very subtle gradient will definitely improve the aesthetics of the buttons. Since the Windows 8 "Metro" style is a large proponent of this style, I'll use that as an example:
At first glance the "tiles" look like they are a flat color, but if you look closely there is a very slight gradient going left to right. It is more noticeable on some than ...
I say: Don't start with a greyscale image!
Use the layer effect "Gradient Overlay" with the blend mode "Color". That way you can keep the color information and add some depth by using only i.e. 50% opacity of the effect.
My answer applies to silkscreen printing only so make sure that's the kind of printing you are dealing with before using this information and also double check the specifics with your printer, better safe than sorry!
What does it mean to colour separate the artwork in T-Shirt printing?
Like in many printing methods, silkscreen printing prints one color at ...
I am not sure at what point you are unable to apply the gradient. Here is a very short tutorial on how to apply a gradient to a stroke.
First create the gradient in the gradient panel
Once you're done picking the swatch colors you will want to save the gradient as a swatch.
Click on the "new swatch" button next to the trash icon and save that gradient as ...
This has to do with the algorithm that InkScape and other graphics programs use to create gradients, namely (pseudo-code):
var gradient = 
var firstColor, secondColor, steps
for i in range(steps):
p = i/steps
R = firstColor.R * p + secondColor.R * (1 - p)
G = firstColor.G * p + secondColor.G * (1 - p)
B = firstColor.B * p + secondColor.B * (1 - p)
There's no way of doing it fully automatically in Illustrator, although I suppose it could be scripted if you feel so inclined, but there is a way of doing it with a few extra clicks!
You could add stops to your gradient, using the grid as a guide for placing the stops equidistantly.
Then click on the fill selector, hit the little menu icon in the dropdown,...