Updated 10 Aug 2003

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The Blend Tool

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This quick tutorial shows how to use the Blend tool to make a series of shapes that gradually change from the first shape to the last. Rather than drawing each shape individually, CorelDraw can calculate these intermediate shapes, which can then be edited as you wish.

1. Click on the picture to get a fullsize image. Click the Back button of your Browser to return to the tutorial. Here I have drawn two rectangles, seperated by a few centimetres. The images needn’t be the same shape or size, but they should have closed outlines for this tutorial, as we will fill them with different colours later on.

2. Select both rectangles, then the ‘Blend’ tool from the tool box.

3. Now drag your cursor from the first rectangle to the second. a line with blue end markers will appear, and when you release your mouse button, a number of intermediate iamges will appear along the line, blending from one original shape to the other.

4. Before Unselecting these items, you can edit the number of intermediate images with the Blend toolbar, either using the up/down number spinners, or typing in the required value. Here the default number was 20, and I have reduced the value to 5. Notice this is the number of blend copies, so the total number of rectangles will be 5 plus the 2 original items; 7 in all.

5. Notice the original rectangles AND the copies are selected and called a ‘Blend Group’ You can change the fill and outline of the whole group as if it is one item. However, if you need to edit the rectangles individually, drop down the Arrange... menu and select Seperate. This will give you the two original rectangles, plus a Group of the 5 blend items. These can be further seperated by pressing Ctrl + U to Ungroup them. They can then be treated as individual rectangles and edited as required.

The Blend tool is a very powerful function. Not only will it blend the shapes, but outline colours, fills can also be blended from one original to another. The blend can be along a straight or curved path, and can even be compounded between several different original shapes.  Our next tutorial will show how to achieve smooth blended colours, something more usually found in a ‘Paint’ program.