Trying to give text a gradient effect in Illustrator cs6

I’m trying to change the “3” to a gradient, but when I click the gradient icon it just goes black and the gradient settings to not take effect. I tried going to object > expand but that didn’t do anything.

Here are screenshots.

Selecting the fill works.

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Selecting the gradient does not work.

Gradient just turns it black


Add a new fill to the text via the Appearance Panel. Apply the gradient there. And be certain to move the new fill so it is above the “Characters” item in the panel.


Live text can not contain a gradient fill as the primary fill (don’t ask me why).

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