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Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator's Cookbook by Mihaela Jurković, Rigel Di Scala

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Recreating HAL 9000 using radial gradients

Along with linear gradients, Inkscape also comes with radial gradients. In radial gradients color stops define different circle radii and the color blends between them.

Everything we've learned about linear gradients can be applied to radial ones as well. Radial gradients also have some special features, we will take a look at them throughout this recipe.

In the following recipe, we will create a radial gradient by taking inspiration from an iconic image in sci-fi cinematography.

Getting ready

"Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?" HAL 9000

If you haven't watched Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, you might not know what the iconic computer HAL 9000 looks like. Take a peek at the ...

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