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I am trying to create a linear fill in text where the fill is identical in each individual character in the paragraph. I can create a fill which covers the whole paragraph but this is not what I want - can anybody help.


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Hi @Grandadjim,

Could you clarify exactly what you're looking to do with fills with any screenshots/examples so we might better be able to assist? Are you referring to the fill colour inside the character or a fill area surrounding each individual character?


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Try this

Convert to curves
Select the first character
Use the fill tool to apply a gradient
Change the colours
Select the other characters
Edit/Paste style

attached file has the history saved so you can replay the steps

text fill example-dc.afpub

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To keep it as text, I would create multiple rectangles with the desired gradient spaced vertically according to the leading and having the width of the text frame, and then just clip those rectangles within the text frame:

text fill example_fixed.pdf

text fill example_fixed.afpub

The text is retained as long as transparency is allowed in export (PDF 1.6 or later), e.g. if you export using PDF (press ready), PDF/X-4, PDF (digital, both qualities). If transparency is not allowed, the text would be converted to curves (and the gradient inside would be rasterized).

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