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Joey Potts
Gradient broken into paths in CS3
on Jun 18, 2009 at 4:05:07 pm

Hello, I have recently been receiving a lot of files that have a gradient made up of a series of paths. I do not know if the gradients in the original files have been expanded, or if it is a conversion issue (i.e. the original files were created in another program and exported as an .ai or .pdf).
What I am trying to figure out is if there is a way to recombine these paths into one path while preserving the gradient(?). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Vincent Rosati
Re: Gradient broken into paths in CS3
on Jun 18, 2009 at 6:40:07 pm

I'll usually see gradients converted to shape objects, not paths.
This can be done by expanding a gradient.

Corel has some conversion/export options that may do this.

Many people consider this to be the appropriate way to prep a file for print, it can potentially help to avoid gradient interpretation issues. I trust Acrobat to use gradients correctly, however.

The only way I can think to fix this would be to save the key colors as swatches, and recreate the gradient inside the shape object.

Just some ideas.


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