Gradient Annotator tool bug on Groups
Gradient Annotator tool is not visible for some objects but it is for others. See screen shot: visible on the rectangle, but when I edit the gradient of the compound shape, the annotator is not visible.
Thanks for reporting this bug Illustrator Team really appreciate this.
We are able to reproduce this issue in house and we are investigating it .
lol it's still happening even in latest version
Madjid Laloui commented
the gradient annotator disappear when i group the object any solutions ?
Check that illustrator hasn't defaulted to stroke selection when you're trying to select your gradient! That's what was hiding the gradient annotator tool for me.
Yup, I've got this too.
Philip Davis commented
Just updated to 24.1. This issue persists. I can see the annotator on individual objects but not the group of objects. I need to apply the gradient to the group.
My show gradient annotator is already showing as selected when I go to view menu.
Cannot get it to show up on a gradient fill on a group or compound path but it will show on individual shapes
select shape, go to view tab, select show gradient annotator, then hit "G". It took me forever to figure this out so I hope I save someone else some time.
Having the same problem and I've only just updated to 2020.
If I draw a rectangle and apply a gradient fill then the annotator will appear and I can adjust the gradient.
Any grouped or expanded strokes/objects don't show the annotator at all, although the gradient is still affected when you drag; there's no visibility to allow you to control it
Yes, this seems to affect group objects under one gradient. Had 3 shapes i wanted to segment off through soft borders but couldnt measure it because the slider wouldn't show. Ungrouped the shapes and found 3 sliders scrunched in their center.
So it seems to be a group problem. As soon as I ungrouped my objects it appeared!
It's December 7th, 2019 and I have the cc 2020 Version. Still an issue.
Same issue here. Cannot find the gradient annotator
delete illustrator preference file
C:\Users\"your_name\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator 24 Settings\en_US\x64
file: Adobe Illustrator Cloud Prefs
Mike Henden commented
The simple fact is, Adobe doesn't give a flying f*ck about fixing anything in Illustrator. Illustrator is full of these kinds of glitches. It's totally unintuitive, can crash for no readily apparent reason and, putting it simply, feels like it was made in 1996. The sense of achievement one gets from producing anything in Illustrator is second only to the sense of achievement in getting it to do anything at all.
So why doesn't Adobe do anything? They have a captive market of Adobe CC Subscribers. Oh yes, and there is the other small matter of them having a MONOPOLY on Vector Drawing Software.
Oh -- and it hogs your hard drive. Files produced in Illustrator are HUGE –– much bigger than the files created in Macromedia Freehand.
Give Me Freehand of Give Me Death!!!
ps By way of an interesting footnote, as I see it Illustrator is the only core package that Adobe designed from scratch. Flagship product Photoshop was initially developed by Knoll Software, InDesign is a rework of Aldus PageMaker (which Adobe mangled badly, introducing chronic instability in Version 6 from which it never really recovered), Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Freehand were acquired from Macromedia (Fireworks and Freehand were subsequently killed in their sleep by Adobe as they were alternatives to Adobe products).
Lindsay Goldner commented
Having this issue in cc 2020 as well. Any fixes yet?
I have a file with 3 elements. 1 element is a basic rectangle and 2 are custom elements. In Ai 24.0 these custom elements appear as 'Path', and I am unable to use the Gradient Annotator when both are selected at once (no groups here). In Ai 23.1 I have the same elements, however the 2 custom paths appear as 'Clip Group' (each on their own layer still, both in their own 'Clip Group'). I am able to release these clipping groups, delete the clipping paths and keep the 2 custom shapes which have now become 'Path'. I am then able to use the Gradient Annotator when both are selected at once. I can't screen record but have attached images. Gradient Annotator is 'shown' on both Ais.
Daniel Amador Soria commented
Nobody fix this? Is time to look for alternatives to this disastrous software.
Please fix this, Adobe! The Gradient Annotator disappears and I can't get it to reappear. Re-starting Illustrator (23.06) and my iMac doesn't help. Sometimes it shows up and other times nothing I do will get it to show up.
...several minutes later, after banging my head against my desk, I figured out that if the object is in a group, the Gradient Annotator will NOT show up, unless you either flatten and get rid of the group or go to a different layer in the group. I'm good, now.
Matthew Cornier commented
This problem can occur when you have a solo object that is grouped by itself for some reason.
I went into the various group isolations to see when it would access the annotator, it turned out the object I was editing the gradient of was grouped by itself after ungrouping the annotator appeared outside the isolation
hope this helps I've struggled with this problem before and only now have i figured that out.