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GRADIENT - Change tint values?

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    Hi,

    Anyone help on this one?

    If I create a gradient object, using say Black to White, is it possible to tone down the black to 50% of its value so its starting point is, in effect, 50% black?

    This would be applicable to any colour in the Swatches palette.

    Or, would I have to create the colour to 50% in the first instance before use in the gradient?

    Thanks

    Pete

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    Create a tint swatch and use that.

    Bob

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    I would drag the gradient window out into my workspace then was double clicking on the color box on the gradient window. I could then change the tint for a gradient color on the swatches or color panel. I have been doing this for awhile rather than making new swatches.

    Today I tried and all the tint windows are greyed out when I try to change them!

    Making a new swatch works, but it almost seems like a workaround. I think making a 50% black swatch is a waste when you should be able to make it 50% of a color you already have. I wonder why it has changed?

    EDIT: I changed my mind... Having a new swatch is not too bad. I can change all the gradients at once. It was also a pain having to pull the gradient or color windows out on their own to be able to work with both. Either way is good I guess.

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    I have always been annoyed that you have to make a new swatch for a tint... seems like a pain....

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    You don't have to make a new swatch for a tint - only if you want to use that tint in defining another swatch, such as a
    gradient. If you just want to use a tint to colour an object or text you can simply reduce its percentage.

    k

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    Right, I was referring to gradients! Gradients always seem like a pain to create in InDesign since I almost always need to an experiment with different tints.

    Thanks, Phyllis

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    One way that might make this a tad easier is to duplicate your start/stop swatches, and then make the gradient with the duplicates.

    Fill a box with the gradient, then you can fiddle with the constituents of the colour each end until you're happy. You won't be able to apply a defined percentage - you'll have to adjust each colour component separately - but a straight percentage tint may not always give you the effect you are looking for.

    k

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    Hey that is a really good idea! Thanks Ken. :-) Never thought of doing that...

    Phyllis

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    Remember to do it with duplicates of the swatches, or you will be changing other things coloured with those swatches.

    k

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