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Achieve Photorealism with Gradient Mesh (Adobe Illustrator)

Adobe Illustrator 8 (1998) introduced the world to a new tool that allowed us to create gradients in any shape. It was revolutionary in that prior to version 8, gradients were limited to linear and radial forms.

This particular tool will help you create realistic vector illustrations. The gradient mesh is often overlooked and it's definitely not the easiest tool to tackle in Adobe Illustrator. But with practice, the results can be fantastic :)

Meetup Agenda:

  • Shading objects with the Gradient Mesh
  • Creating a gradient mesh
  • Adding and deleting lines with the Mesh tool
  • Assigning colors to Mesh points
  • And more...


Example 1: From one of my earlier Illustrator demos














Example 2: The Master of Gradient Mesh—Yukio Miyamoto (hard to believe it's not a's vector!)

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  • Mandi P.

    Link to Meetup recording:

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ok... we will be waiting for the recorded version. Thanks and stay safe with that weather!

    2 · June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the meeting still on? I am connected but it says waiting for an organizer to arrive... well, I guess I will wait. Please keep me updated.

    June 24, 2013

  • Mandi P.

    Yes, just sent out an email...definitely technical difficulties. I will record and post tomorrow.

    June 24, 2013

  • Sharon

    Seems like you're experiencing technical difficulty. Are we going to try again?

    June 24, 2013

  • Kevin T.

    Unfortunately, something came up, so I will have to catch the recording, hopefully. Thanks

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Mandi P.

    Damon and Marcia - I will send the login information/instructions via email tomorrow. I usually send it out twice because there are a lot of changes in RVSPs the day before a meetup :)

    June 23, 2013

  • Peter W.

    Can't participate this time, but look forward to another time

    June 23, 2013

  • Damon B.

    I have never attended one of these online meetups, where do I go to attend, do I just come to this page and there will be instructions, do I go to like or how does this work.

    June 21, 2013

  • Michael J T.

    Rock On!

    1 · May 30, 2013

  • Sheryl

    Thanks for covering this subject!

    1 · May 30, 2013

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