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Illustrator in 60 Seconds: How to Use the Blend Tool

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Using the Blend Tool in Adobe Illustrator

Welcome to our Illustrator in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn an Illustrator skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!

Illustrator in 60 Seconds: The Blend Tool

Having trouble understanding how the Blend Tool works? Well, you're in luck, since this video was created to help out all those who want to learn how to use the tool in order to improve their technical skills.

Find out how you can create incredible gradients or color swatches using just a couple of clicks.

How to Use the Blend Tool in Adobe Illustrator

The Blend Tool is used to create color blends or gradients. Start by selecting two or more objects that have different color stops, then go to Object > Blend, and hit Make.

Creating a Blend with the Blend Tool

You can take full control of your blend by playing with the spacing options which can be found under the Object > Blend > Blend Options sub menu.

Control the Blend under Blend Options

The first one is Smooth Color, and it fills in the missing color gaps found in between your selected objects.

Smooth Color Blend Options for the Blend Tool

The second one is Specify Steps, and it allows you to enter the number of color stops that you want to generate in between your selected objects.

The Specify Steps Option for the Blend Tool

The last option is Specified Distance, and it allows you to specify the exact length at which you want Illustrator to add a new color stop.

The Specified Distance Option for the Blend Tool

Want to see this in action? Check out the quick video above to see this lesson at work!

A Bit More Detail

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60 Seconds?!

This is part of a series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+ in which we aim to introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!

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