Different Customizable Shape Gradient Constraints
Much like the flexibility of the radial gradient feature, it would be incredibly helpful to have a similar tool to make gradients, but one that does not constrain you to a circle or ellipse. Yes, AI provides the freeform gradient tool and the gradient mesh tool, but these are often a little finicky and time consuming to use. One can also use the blend tool to attempt a freeform gradient. All of these are far too complicated for creating such simple gradients. I propose that a customizable shape gradient tool is implemented. Like the other gradient tools, one would create the shape, then apply the gradient fill. However, for each gradient stop, you could create and move a dotted gradient boundary. The color would radiate from the first custom shaped stop to a custom shaped second stop. Here is an example of what I mean: (please excuse the rushed illustration)
Christian Bollacke commented
I just checked out the video. A tool like that is exactly what I'm looking for. I think posing it as a "gradient tool" might improve its versatility, but really what I need is a lighting tool. I do lots of landscapes, etc. and every time I find myself trying to force the blend tool, gradient tool, or gradient mesh tool (or combinations of them) to do things they are not intended to do. A lighting tool, as you propose, would be EXACTLY what I need. Plus, having the convenience of selecting a shape to be the mask would make my life exponentially more easy.
I hope this idea gets more votes!
Egor Chistyakov commented
This reminds me of dedicated tools used for shading Klaus animated film. Have you seen it?
I like the idea very much, but I doubt implementation you propose.
Although It is basically a blend, but with gradient controls, but implemented with Freeform Gradient’s triangular mesh tech underneath, I assume.
Another one type of gradient... isn’t it too much? we have 2.5 already. It should be flawless then :)