HTML and CSS Reference
Linear Gradients and Text
To create a linear gradient, make a call to the context's createLinearGradient() method
to create a Gradient object. The createLinearGradient() method accepts four parameters
that all define the line of the linear gradient. The x0 and y0 parameters are the starting point
of the line, and x1 and y1 represent the ending point of the line:
var gradient = context . createLinearGradient ( [ x0 ] , [ y0 ] , [ x1 ] , [ y1 ] );
ated at 100,100) and has an endpoint that is the width of your text as displayed on the canvas,
you might write the following code:
var metrics = context . measureText ( message );
var textWidth = metrics . width ;
var gradient = context . createLinearGradient ( 100 , 100 , textWidth , 100 );
After you have created the line that represents the gradient, you need to add colors that will
formthegradationsofthegradientfill.Thisisdonewiththe addColorStop() method,which
requires two arguments, offset and color :
gradient . addColorStop ([ offset ],[ color ]);
resented by the numbers between 0.0 and 1.0. The offset will be a decimal that represents
A valid CSS color in the format “#RRGGBB”.
So, if you want black to be the first color in the gradient and red to be the second color that
starts halfway down the gradient line, you would create two calls to addColorStop() :
gradient . addColorStop ( 0 , "#000000" );
gradient . addColorStop (. 5 , "#FF0000" );
If you fail to add colors with addColorStop() , the text will be rendered invisible.
The results are shown in Figure 3-9 .