Why is there a limit to number of spot/global swatches you can use in a gradient?
We use Illustrator for carpet design which includes complex grades using multiple colours.
As we reference colour poms it is easier to create named colour swatches to keep track of the colours used however we can only apply 27 to a gradient - can this limit be increased?
Indeed, there is a limit for using spot and global swatches in a gradient.
Illustrator shows the warning if you try to assign a new swatch to a stop using the popup panel (when you double click the stop), but does not show it, if you Alt+click the new swatch (it just drop the entire gradient), or if you drag-n-drop the swatch into the gradient strip in the panel (it draw a black line there and nothing happens.
A workaround would be to use ordinary swatches, but this is not a real solution for sure.
Also, I do not know which way you use to build a gradient, but perhaps these several scripts may come handy:
Sonia McEwen commented
I can't open your attached file however I have attached the file that limits the swatches on the grade to 27 (a line appears on the gradient slider when I try to add more) thank you
Sonia, I can’t reproduce it.
I am able to add much more than 27 swatches in a single gradient — take a look at the file attached.
Can you please share a test file with the gradient you can’t add more swatches into?