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The Gradient Tool and the Gradient Palette in Adobe InDesign

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Gradient Tool: Applying Gradients to Multiple Objects
InDesign Gradient Tool

Gradient applied across multiple objects with Gradient Tool

Image by E. Bruno
The Gradient Tool and the Gradient Palette work differently when applying gradients to multiple objects See the images on this page and the next.

The first image, below, shows you a gradient applied to 3 rectangles with the Gradient Tool. All three rectangles are selected and the gradient is applied to all of them at once. As you can see, it spreads one gradient across the selected objects.

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