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I was looking to apply a color gradient to some text (i.e. Chapter / section headings) and I searched through the Internet but was unable to find a minimum working example. Is it something that can be done in XeLaTeX?

I decided to ask here, thinking someone in the community might have already done similar to that.

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Have a look at the following thread: http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/12266/section-title-gradient – Uwe Ziegenhagen Feb 25 '12 at 23:07
Thats for section background color gradient. I want to do color gradient to text only not the background. – Aku Feb 26 '12 at 22:43

The following example comes from the TikZ 2.10 manual, p237, and seems to do what you describe:

  \node [text=transparent!20]
    {\fontfamily{ptm}\fontsize{45}{45}\bfseries\selectfont Ti\emph{k}Z};
% Now we use the fading in another picture:
  \fill [black!20] (-2,-1) rectangle (2,1);
  \pattern [pattern=checkerboard,pattern color=black!30] (-2,-1) rectangle (2,1);
  \shade[path fading=tikz,fit fading=false, left color=blue,right color=black]
    (-2,-1) rectangle (2,1);

Adapting this somewhat, you can achieve the following:

    \node [text=white] {\normalfont \Large \bfseries #1};
      \node [text=white,inner sep=0pt,outer sep=0pt] (textnode) {\normalfont \Large \bfseries #1};
      \shade[path fading=tikzsection,fit fading=false,left color=blue,right color=black]
      (textnode.south west) rectangle (textnode.north east);
  % Now we use the fading in another picture:
  \section{XX \usebox\tempbox{} XX}%
\tikzsection{First section}
Some text
\tikzsection{Second section}
Some text

which produces

screenshot of faded text

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It is preferable if you provide a complete compilable example including the \documentclass{article}, and all the packages. And, show how to apply this to a chapter/section heading. – Peter Grill Feb 27 '12 at 22:49
@PeterGrill, fair point, I've now done so :) – Ben Lerner Feb 27 '12 at 23:24
Great. Just one more thing: you should probably remove the debugging code \show\section. – Peter Grill Feb 27 '12 at 23:55

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