Join Mark Swift for an in-depth discussion in this video blend tool, part of Getting Started with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12.
- These next few chapters are some of my favorite topics, they're the special effects that are found with the interactive tools inside of CorelDRAW. We're going to be talking about five, in particular, and starting with the blend tool. It's called the interactive blend tool and it can be found over here in the toolbox, in the interactive tool flyout menu. And as you can see, there's seven of the interactive tools listed here. We're going to focus on the main five. And to start with, we should talk about why they're interactive tools. Well let's take a look at what the blend tool does, show you how it works, and then we'll discover the answer to that as we go.
The interactive blend tool creates a blend between two objects. It blends the fill, and outline of two objects together to create a very unique effect. Let me show you how that works. I should also say at this point that the interactive tools are all designed to put the user on the page, instead of in a dialog box, and to keep you working with your objects in a very natural, organic way. So here I go. I'm going to click on the yellow circle, and drag up to the orange square and release.
And there you have it. You can see that in 20 steps, how do I know there are 20 steps, I look up in my property bar, in 20 steps, the circle has been blended, both the outlying color and shape, and the fill color, blended into the square. If you really want to see the blend effect, I think I should go up here and take out a few steps. So I'm going to bring that down to ten steps, just type in ten and hit enter. And now you can see more clearly each individual object that has been created along the steps.
Now I said we'd look at why it's an interactive tool, this slider in the middle, this bow tie, allows you to accelerate the blend towards one side or the other. So here, right away, we're configuring the blend by just working with the tools that they give you right here on screen, I'm staying inside of my illustration. If I double click, I can separate out the blending of color, from the blending of objects. And I can balance it in any way that makes me happy.
If I double click again, it recombines those, and I can do that again. Now blending isn't used just to create a fancy splash across your screen like this. As a matter of fact, it's rarely used for that. I'm going to hit delete. I've created this button shape using blends. Blends are often something that gives you the illusion of depth or contour. So let me show you that real quick. If I create a rectangle here, and then I'll create its compliment, I'm holding shift to do a symmetrical edit.
And I'm going to right click to create a second object, and I'll create it, the inside object, with a light color and I'm going to turn off the outline. It's important if you keep the outlines on you end up with 20 or 30 outlines instead of the fill colors being blended together. Now I'll blend it to a dark charcoal gray here, take my interactive blend tool and I'll blend from the inside to the outside. And you can see the contour that's been created here, it almost looks like it has a frame.
And to further accentuate that I'm going to select the inside object again and duplicate that and give it a fill color. Really light fill color. There you go. It looks even better now that we have an opposing color in the inside. And that's blends in a nutshell. When we're talking about any of these interactive tools, they're a lot more options, effects, and applications for each of them. But it's not really a time that we can talk about it here. So keep an eye out for the advanced title, and take a closer look at using the effects inside of your work.