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Hi, I want to vectorize the image below, but when it came to creating the bend cables I found no way of applying a gradient that would lead to the desired result. How can I rotate the direction in which the gradient is applied to the path?

Or is there any other way of getting the result I want?

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Did you try the gradient tool?


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There is no option for the gradient  to follow a path.

The only way now is to create a image brush.


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Or use the 3d fx ,which will be a raster too


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I may be wrong but it will not output vector.


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A pen stroke, w. radial gradient, topped by another, but thinner and set to screen blend mode, and a transparency fade from dark end to light.WireLine.thumb.jpg.8f7fb62a5dbb6a1e2562c651a7d3528f.jpg


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Will this create a vector output as per request by the OP?
 


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I tried using 2 paths. One path in solid red and the other path slightly lighter colored with a gaussian blur applied to is. With this technnique I could at least get the center to appear lighter, but still, it's nowhere near a propper gradient and the ends look off. I'd have to move the endpoints to resolve this. Seems way to complicated for such a simple effect.

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v1.7 (currently in public beta) allows you to apply multiple strokes to a path.

Studio > Appearance > Add Stroke

Layering 4 strokes is a reasonable approximation of the desired effect, and will definitely be vector.

Alternatively in 1.6 you can use Symbols to make the wire.

  1. Draw the wire path.
  2. Convert it to a symbol.
  3. Duplicate.
  4. Desync and change the top copy to be thinner stroke width and choose hilight colour.
  5. Turn sync back on.

Changes to the shape of the wire will now affect the base tone and the hilight.

 


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Didn't have the chance to post my examples(created in beta 1.7.0.293)
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