Tutorial: How to apply gradients to strokes in Illustrator

Get some funky gradient effects going with a variety of styles

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Get your design, letters or paths ready and ensure that you have Stroke selected in the Tools palette, rather than Fill. Then open the Swatches palette.

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Get your design, letters or paths ready and ensure that you have Stroke selected in the Tools palette, rather than Fill. Then open the Swatches palette.

 

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Click on the orange-yellow gradient then increase the Stroke width to 30pt. Click on the Gradient palette to see the default of applying gradient within stroke.

 

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Drag the yellow gradient control to the middle then Option/Alt-drag the red one past it to the left. Now select Apply gradient across the stroke.

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