Web Banner in Adobe Illustrator CS2 - 2

Web Banner in Adobe Illustrator CS2 - 2
3. Fill the rectangle with the gradient. We will add the colored background to the web banner. But instead of just a flat color, we will use a gradient. If you don't see the small squares at the corners of the rectangle, click on the rectangle again with the Selection Tool. This will make the rectangle "active" and ready to be worked on. You will find the Gradient and Swatches Palettes on the right side of the Workspace. If not, click on Window > Gradient and Window > Swatches in the Menu bar. In the Gradient Palette is a small arrow (upper left corner). Click on this arrow and then click on Show Options.

Before we can set the two base colors for your gradient, you need to access the Color Stops on this palette. Click on the bottom of the Gradient Palette and you will see three small shapes appear. These are the Color Stops for the gradient. The two on each end are the ones we will be using first. You might have also noticed that your rectangle has been filled with the default gray gradient.

4. Set the Color Stops. It's easy to change the colors of the gradient. Go to the Swatches Palette and choose the color you want to use as the darkest color in the gradient. Click on that color swatch and you will see a border appear around the swatch. Now, drag your mouse pointer to the Color Stop on the right of the Gradient Palette. When you see a small plus sign appear, you are in the correct spot. You can release the mouse button to set the color. Repeat this for your choice of color for the lighter side of the gradient and drag the color to the left Color Stop. If you would like the direction of the gradient reversed, just put the dark color at the left and the lighter color at the right.

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