# How to put color gradient to “Desired Text Only”

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.

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

\begin{tikzfadingfrompicture}[name=tikz]
\node [text=transparent!20]
{\fontfamily{ptm}\fontsize{45}{45}\bfseries\selectfont Ti\emph{k}Z};
% Now we use the fading in another picture:
\begin{tikzpicture}
\fill [black!20] (-2,-1) rectangle (2,1);
\pattern [pattern=checkerboard,pattern color=black!30] (-2,-1) rectangle (2,1);
(-2,-1) rectangle (2,1);
\end{tikzpicture}


Adapting this somewhat, you can achieve the following:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
\begin{document}
\newsavebox{\tempbox}
\newcommand\tikzsection[1]{%
\node [text=white] {\normalfont \Large \bfseries #1};
\begin{lrbox}{\tempbox}%
\begin{tikzpicture}
\node [text=white,inner sep=0pt,outer sep=0pt] (textnode) {\normalfont \Large \bfseries #1};
(textnode.south west) rectangle (textnode.north east);
\end{tikzpicture}%
\end{lrbox}
% Now we use the fading in another picture:
\section{XX \usebox\tempbox{} XX}%
}
\tikzsection{First section}
Some text
\tikzsection{Second section}
Some text
\end{document}


which produces

• 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