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By Kristin Ellison |

Manipulate Paths with the Blend Tool in Illustrator

Use the Blend Tool in Illustrator

In this week’s Pixel Playground tutorial, Bert shows us how to use the Blend tool in Illustrator to manipulate paths.

His first step is to create one of the vertical slats on the upper portion of the garbage can with the Pen tool, then copy and drag the duplicate to the right. He then bends the top of the left slat outward; this will become the slat farthest to the left.

Next, he selects both rungs and clicks Blend and then Make, which generates a graduated series of slats between the two that go from bent to straight. With that in place, he goes into the Blend option to specify the number of “steps”—in this case slats—which are appropriate for his design.

Lastly, to get a mirror of the series, he uses the Reflect tool to create the other half of the garbage can.

Watch this week’s video to get started on your design, and be sure to check back next week for his next installment of Pixel Playground, in which he takes us through the first stages of creating a rising curtain in a theater.

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