Wanna feel old? Illustrator’s gradient meshes debuted 20 f’ing years ago, and the challenge of using them effectively is attested to by the age of images made with them. Now, though, it seems Adobe’s putting a more accessible interface atop similar-looking tech:
Traditional linear or radial gradients can limit your flexibility, while gradient meshes can have a steep learning curve. The new gradient feature lets you create rich blends of colors that seemingly diffuse naturally into each other.
Check it out (as I hope we’ll all be able to do hands-on this fall):