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Blend Shapes in Illustrator

Photoshop and Illustrator both have their strengths and weaknesses. I love both of them for different reasons. Photoshop is great for lighting and effects. Illustrator is great for working with shapes. In Photoshop, you can’t blend two shapes together like you can in Illustrator. In this tutorial, I will show you how to blend two shapes in Illustrator. You can create as many transition shapes as you want, and you also have control over other aspects of the blend as well. In the video below, I will show you all about how to blend shapes in Illustrator, as well as how to control the different aspects of the blend.

As You can see from the video above, you can create as many transition shapes in between as you’d like. This is a great feature, especially for animation purposes. You can also control the path that the blend with follow. You can control thinks like color as well. Like in the video, you can create a transition from black to red, simply by change the starting or ending shape. You can also string multiple blends together, creating a transition from shape to shape to shape, which could all be different colors.

How to blend shapes in illustrator

You can also expand the appearance of these shapes, meaning that each specified step turns into its own shape. This is excellent, because Illustrator creates all of these transitional shapes for you. Imagine trying to create this consistently by hand. It could take hours to do this manually, but you can do it instantly with the blend command.

How to Blend Shapes in Illustrator

So what do you think of this technique? What could you use it for? I bet you could come up with some things that I haven’t even thought of. If you have any questions about how to blend shapes in Illustrator, please post them below. Also, if you like my video, if you could please give it a thumbs up, I’d greatly appreciate it.