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  Applying a Gradient Across Multiple
Objects In FreeHand®

When applying gradient fills to objects in FreeHand, each object will have the full range of the gradient applied to it. However, this may not be the effect you want to create. Sometimes you may want the gradient fill to be shared across multiple objects. The way to do this is to apply the gradient to a composite path. The example in this tutorial uses FreeHand 9 on a text object that has been converted to paths.

1. Start by selecting the Text Tool and click anywhere on the layout area.

2. Type some text. In this example we will type the word, "GRADIENT". The font is Arial Black.

3. Click Text> Convert To Paths.


4. Bring up the Fill Inspector and the Color Mixer. Setup the gradient colors in the Color Mixer, then create the gradient in the Fill Inspector. Notice how each letter has the full gradient applied to it.

5. While all the objects are still selected, click Modify > Join (this is the command to create a composite path). Notice that the gradient is now applied across all the objects instead of each one individually.


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