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How to use Gradient Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator?

Gradient Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator

You must have seen a Mesh Tool in the Tool Panel and even have tried to understand its use but would have failed to do so. A right guidance will help you in achieving perfection in the use of Mesh Tool.

Gradient Mesh Tool is a best tool for filling different shades of colors in an object and at the same time it looks like that the colors are blended together.

In today’s tutorial you will learn some basic use of Gradient Mesh Tool.

Step 1

Create your document and draw a basic shape. Let’s draw a circle with the help of Ellipse Tool. Select the shape and click on Object in the Menu Bar and then select Create Gradient Mesh.

Gradient Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator

A Create Gradient Mesh Window will appear when you will select the Create Gradient Mesh Option. You can set the number of rows and columns of the mesh as per your requirement.

Gradient Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator

After making required changes in the Create Gradient Mesh Window click OK.

Step 2

The horizontal and vertical lines of the mesh are called Mesh Lines and the points are called Mesh Points. By default the Fill in the mesh is white but you can change the fill color. Just select the mesh and select a color from the Swatches Panel or from Color Picker.

Gradient Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator

Now select the Direct Select Tool and click on the mesh point, where you want to add another color, to select it. After selecting the mesh point select the color and it will be applied on the selected mesh point. You can select more than one mesh point at the same time by pressing and holding the shift key.

Gradient Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator

In this way you can add multiple colors to the object with the help of Mesh Tool.

Step 3

You can also transform the shape of the Mesh. For that select the Direct Selection Tool and click on a mesh point and drag it away from the actual position. You can see in the below image how a circular mesh has been reshaped.

Gradient Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator

Practice Time

To master this tool you need to practice a lot. While practice it will understand its various uses and you will be able to create beautiful artworks. This was a basic tutorial of mesh tool to get you started with it.

Practice…Practice & Practice…..

Gradient Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator

If you have any queries then write it in the comment section and share this basic tutorial of mesh tool with others.


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