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Shading with the Adobe Illustrator CS5 Mesh Object

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Simple lines can convey straightforward ideas, but subtlety often requires shading. Brian Wood, contributor to Adobe Illustrator CS5 Classroom in a Book, demonstrates using mesh objects to add gradients to curves. Brian shares his best tips for saving steps and preventing headaches as you work with mesh objects.

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Removing a Gradient Mesh from an Object

Removing a Gradient Mesh from an Object

So what happens if you want the shape and not the mesh applied to it? You can easily remove the mesh from an object by using this simple trick:

  1. Using the Selection tool, select the mesh object on the page.
  2. Choose Object > Path > Offset Path, and enter 0 (zero) for the Offset value (see Figure 12).
  3. This action will outline the object and typically create two objects that you need to separate by using the Selection tool. One object is still filled with a gradient mesh, and the other is a simpler path with no fill.
  4. Figure 12 Removing a gradient mesh from an object.

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