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Specifying transparency within gradient mesh

From: Illustrator CS5 New Features

Video: Specifying transparency within gradient mesh

With the use of the Gradient Mesh tool inside of Illustrator, you can achieve some really wonderful results. For example, take a look at this flower here on this artboard. These elements here were created using Gradient Mesh. Now in Illustrator CS4, Adobe added the capability to add transparency to any stop in a regular gradient. Now in Illustrator CS5, Adobe adds that same capability, being able to specify Opacity for an individual point or a stop in a gradient for Gradient Mesh. For example, I'm going to zoom in a little bit closeer here on this part of the flower right here, and I'll use my Direct Selection tool to select some of these points here.

Specifying transparency within gradient mesh

With the use of the Gradient Mesh tool inside of Illustrator, you can achieve some really wonderful results. For example, take a look at this flower here on this artboard. These elements here were created using Gradient Mesh. Now in Illustrator CS4, Adobe added the capability to add transparency to any stop in a regular gradient. Now in Illustrator CS5, Adobe adds that same capability, being able to specify Opacity for an individual point or a stop in a gradient for Gradient Mesh. For example, I'm going to zoom in a little bit closeer here on this part of the flower right here, and I'll use my Direct Selection tool to select some of these points here.

For example, I'm going to go ahead and click on this anchor point right here and this one right here. If I wanted to create a smooth transition from this color into this part of the flower over here, with these two anchor points right now selected and highlighted, I can simply adjust my Opacity to zero and now see how that very nicely fades directly into that element. This adds just yet another dimension to the power of Gradient Mesh. Not only can you have colors blend smoothly across a shape, you can even adjust the Opacity within individual mesh points inside of the Gradient Mesh as well.

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Illustrator CS5 New Features

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  1. 9m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Comparing Illustrator CS4 and Illustrator CS5
      7m 39s
  2. 27m 2s
    1. Defining perspective grids
      7m 48s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      8m 46s
    3. Mapping flat artwork to perspective grids
      10m 28s
  3. 15m 36s
    1. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 26s
    2. Using variable-width profiles
      4m 26s
    3. Creating perfect dashed lines
      3m 30s
    4. Easily adding arrowheads to strokes
      3m 14s
  4. 16m 8s
    1. Simulating real brush strokes with the Bristle brush
      11m 46s
    2. Using enhanced art and pattern brushes
      2m 55s
    3. Applying variable-width settings to brushstrokes
      1m 27s
  5. 12m 10s
    1. Drawing Behind and Draw Inside Drawing modes
      4m 17s
    2. Creating complex art easily with the Shape Builder tool
      6m 5s
    3. Easily joining multiple paths
      1m 48s
  6. 11m 25s
    1. Working with symbols more easily
      6m 56s
    2. Using 9-slice scaling options with symbols
      4m 29s
  7. 7m 55s
    1. Using the new Artboards panel
      4m 13s
    2. Setting individual artboard rulers
      2m 35s
    3. Printing artboards more easily
      1m 7s
  8. 11m 47s
    1. Creating pixel-perfect web graphics
      3m 43s
    2. Creating crisp readable text for the web
      1m 58s
    3. Quickly exporting individual slices
      1m 50s
    4. Integrating with Adobe Flash Catalyst
      4m 16s
  9. 10m 11s
    1. Select artwork through other objects
      2m 36s
    2. Using new paste commands
      1m 57s
    3. Applying resolution-independent raster effects
      2m 55s
    4. Specifying transparency within gradient mesh
      1m 8s
    5. Creating editable trim marks
      1m 35s
  10. 17s
    1. Goodbye
      17s

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