We're sorry but it appears that some of the gradients in your file aren't rendering properly

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hidesy
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Posted Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:51PM

I've submitted an illustration, and twice got a rejection for gradients not rendering properly.  The first time, I thought it was because I had a shape that I hadn't united - so on close inspection it looked funny, but I got the same rejection after fixing it. 


I'm working in illustrator CS6 all the way along the line, I'm not sure what an expanded blend is, so hopefully I haven't done that. 


I saved as an EPS 8 file, and I thought it looked ok.  Any ideas on what I could be doing wrong?
bortonia
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Posted Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:23PM
Hey Hidesy,

Nice to see you in the vector forum!

Usually this rejection is because a gradient has chopped itself up into little pieces. This can happen because of a number of technical problems, but knowing you're already working in CS6 narrows down the possibilities which is good.

If you'd like me to take a look at your file, just let me know! You can sitemail me the file ID or post it here and we'll see if we can figure out what's going on.

Thanks!
hidesy
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Posted Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:13PM

Thanks Jenn... the file ID is 23232026 


I did put it across briefly into AI CS4, but that's the only non-CS6 thing I did. 


 


 


 
bortonia
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Posted Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:53PM
I took a look and yes, it does look like some gradients did slice up into pieces. The strange thing is that it's not on every shape, just certain birds.

Without seeing the original AI file it's hard to say what's caused the gradients to freak out, but maybe you can check and see if there's any difference in the gradients used between a bird that's OK and one that's split up when downsaved?

To see the gradients in AI you'll need to check the file in outline view (Command-Y). Here's a screen grab for you: You can see the body of some of the birds have chopped up while the rest are OK:

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The good news is that if this is caused by transparencies (which is a very common cause for broken gradients), we now accept AI10 EPS files. That might do the trick, because saving down to AI8 can cause all kinds of wonkiness.
hidesy
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Posted Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:43PM
You are a legend Jenn.  Yes, I bet it was transparencies... it's automatic for me to use them, since I use them all the time in photoshop, and sometimes I forget that I've used them.  The outline view is something I haven't used before - thanks for the headsup - that will save me a ridiculous amount of time!
bortonia
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Posted Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:51AM
No problem at all! Outline view is a lifesaver, especially with problems like this. But I think if you just save your file as an AI10 EPS these split gradients shouldn't happen anymore. If you run into any other problems just let us know!
hidesy
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Posted Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:20PM

After fighting with this phantom problem in this and other images I've solved it - Just thought I'd put it here for anyone else with the problem.


When you make a radial gradient, and change the shape of the gradient to an oval rather than a perfect circle, this is what happens.  Don't know if there's a way around it, but for the moment, no more oval radial gradients for me!


 
FreeTransform
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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:09AM

Posted By hidesy:

When you make a radial gradient, and change the shape of the gradient to an oval rather than a perfect circle, this is what happens.  Don't know if there's a way around it, but for the moment, no more oval radial gradients for me!


There is a workaround. Check out this thread.
hidesy
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Posted Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:18PM
Thanks!
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