How to Blend Tool in Illustrator

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use the Blend Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create smooth, gradual color transitions between two objects. We’ll also go over a few tips and tricks for getting the most out of the Blend Tool.

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Introduction

This tutorial is an introduction on how to use the Blend Tool in Adobe Illustrator. The Blend Tool can be used to create various effects such as smooth color transitions, gradients, and complex patterns. In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Blend Tool to create a simple gradient.

The basics of blending

In Adobe Illustrator, the Blend tool can be used to create a series of intermediate shapes between two selected objects. These shapes are called blend steps, and the number of steps in the blend is called the specified steps. The resulting blend object can be expanded to allow further editing, or it can be left as-is so that changes to the original objects are reflected in the blend object.

There are two types of blends: linear and radial. A linear blend creates a series of intermediate shapes along a straight line between two objects, while a radial blend creates a series of intermediate shapes along a curved line between two objects. To create a blended object, you must first select two or more objects, then specify the type of blend, the number of specified steps, and other options such as whether to align the blended object to the selection or whether to delete original objects.

Applying the blender tool

The blender tool can be used to create smooth gradients by blending the colors of two adjacent objects. To use the blender tool, select it from the toolbar and then click and drag on the object you want to blend. The longer you drag, the more gradual the gradient will be. You can also use the blender tool to create a faded effect by clicking and dragging on an object while holding down the Alt key.

Tips and tricks

If you’re not careful, blending in Illustrator can produce some pretty wonky results. Here are some tips and tricks to help you create smooth, believable blends:

– Use the same colors for your start and end points. If you’re blending from light to dark, try starting with a light color and ending with a dark color. This will help avoid banding.

– Use similar tones for your start and end points. If you’re blending from a cool color to a warm color, try starting with a cool color and ending with a warm color. This will help avoid banding.

– Use the same hue for your start and end points. If you’re blending from red to yellow, try starting with red and ending with yellow. This will help avoid banding.

– Use the same saturation for your start and end points. If you’re blending from a saturated color to an unsaturated color, try starting with a saturated color and ending with an unsaturated color. This will help avoid banding.

– Use the same brightness for your start and end points. If you’re blending from a bright color to a dim color, try starting with a bright color and ending with a dim color. This will help avoid banding.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Blending Tool in Illustrator is a powerful tool that can create some incredible effects. With a little practice, you can use it to create some stunning artwork.

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