Work with Blend Tool in Adobe Illustrator CS6

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Steps

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    To begin, you should open Illustrator either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon
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    This will reveal a list of recently used programs. You may find Illustrator there. It has a brown-and-orange icon with the letters "Ai".
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    If you can't see it here, use the search bar along the bottom and start typing "Adobe Illustrator"
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    Click "Adobe Illustrator CS6"
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    It will immediately start loading and take you directly to the workspace.
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    Click "File" in the top-left corner of the window
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    Click "New..." to open up a new document
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    Alternatively, press "Ctrl" + "N" on the keyboard. You can also open an existing document. For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create a new document and how to open documents.
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    For this tutorial, let's click "OK"
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    Now, let's create a very simple object
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    Let's make a red circle with no stroke color. Let's also add a gradient color to this object. For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create basic shapes, how to get perfect shapes, and how to create gradient colors.
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    After you've created an object, click the "Selection Tool" black arrow
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    Click any point on the document away from the object
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    Let's click the small "Default Fill and Stroke" icon
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    It's underneath the large "Fill" icon in the vertical toolbar. You will go back to the default color settings (black and white).
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    Click the "None" small square for the "Fill" color
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    Let's click "Ellipse Tool"
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    Create a larger circle with no "Fill" color and a thin black stroke
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    Click "Selection Tool"
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    Click the small red circle once again
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    Then, click the "Swatches" icon on the right side of the window
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    The swatches icon is a small grid located near the top of this toolbar.
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    Click the "Symbols" tab in the pop-up window that appears on the right side
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    Click and drag the red circle into the "Symbols" tab
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    Click "OK" in the pop-up box that appears for "Symbol Options"
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    Then, you can press "Delete" to delete the circle from the canvas
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    Add the circle back from the "Symbols" tab
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    To add it, click on the circle in "Symbols" and drag it over to a location on your canvas. These are very important steps, even though they seem strange.
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    Hold "Ctrl" + "Alt" while clicking the first circle
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    Then, drag the circle away to duplicate the object
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    Line up your two circles by using the green line reference
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    Click and drag the cursor over the circles
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    They will be selected with "Selection Tool". Now, we can blend them.
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    Then, click on the "Blend Tool" icon in the vertical toolbar
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    This icon looks like three overlapping objects.
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    Click the corner of each blue frame
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    The circles should blend together. You may have to repeat this step a few times in order to get the result.
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    After your object has blended together, double-click the "Blend Tool" icon once again
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    This will bring up "Blend Options".
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    Check the "Preview" box
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    When this box is checked, you can see how your changes affect the object.
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    Change the "Spacing" by clicking the drop-down menu
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    For this tutorial, let's click "Specified Steps"
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    Then, let's change the "Spacing" number to 10 by typing "10" directly into the text box
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    The preview may take some time to update.
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    Click "OK" at the bottom of this window to apply your changes
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    To place the blend around the edge of the larger circle, remove the stroke from the large circle
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    To remove the stroke, click the large circle. Then click the "Stroke" icon, which is a large square with a black frame.
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    With the "Stroke" icon selected, click on the small white box with a red line through it
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    This icon is located below the large "Stroke" and "Fill" icons in the vertical toolbar.
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    Next, select both objects by dragging the "Selection Tool" black arrow over them
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    Click "Object" at the top-left corner of the window in the horizontal menu
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    Move the cursor to "Blend" in the menu
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    Then click "Replace Spine" in the menu that appears
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    The blend will change to the shape of a circle rather than a straight line.
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    If you want to adjust more settings, click "Object" at the top of the window
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    Move the cursor to "Blend" in the menu
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    Then, click "Blend Options..." in the menu that appears
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    You will see the same window as in steps 28-33
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    No matter the value you enter in "Spacing", the circles will not connect.
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    Check "Preview"
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    Click "OK"
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    While the object is selected, click "Scissors Tool" in the vertical toolbar
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    You can find the "Scissors Tool" by clicking and dragging the "Eraser Tool" icon to expand the tool options to the right. Then, drag the cursor to "Scissors Tool" from the menu that appears. "Scissors Tool" cuts open paths. There is another VisiHow tutorial on that.
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    Click the exposed path between the two ends
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    This will open the path and, therefore, connect your circles
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This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use "Blend Tool" in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or queries regarding this tutorial, just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!

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