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The Beauty of the Blend

© 1997 by Peter McCormick. All Rights Reserved.

Blends have been around since the early beginnings of CorelDRAW. Many of us used to think the Blend effect was only for blending two objects together to create smooth transitions. On the contrary, Blends can be used for many other effects as well. In this session we will teach you some of the lesser known uses of the Blend Effect.

Letís begin by blending geometric shapes to create beautiful pattern. Follow the steps below:

Figure 1

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Figure 2

Let's try another pattern this time with a twist.

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Figure 3

Now lets have some fun morphing. Figure 3 shows how one might approach an way to invoke the senses by blending the word Sweet to the Word sour. Before any blending took place a background was created using a gradient fill of 60% Gray to White. The added visual of Cherries and the Lemon strengthen the message. In this example a basic 5 step blend was used on the words Sweet and Sour.

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Figure 4

I wondered what the image would look like if I blended the Cherries and the Lemon together. The results are shown in Figure 4. After I blended the objects I separated the blend and brought the lemon to the Front in the stacking order. If your blended words get covered up, simply select the blend group of words and bring them to the front using the Order command.

Our next project involves using a blend to create a flower petal which will become a flower, which will become a pot of flowers. Figure 5 show the steps involved to create the petal and flower. They are as follows:

Now lets add more flowers and put them in a pot.

Figure 5

Figure 6

You're getting better with each project.

Now lets create a coiled rope using the Interactive Blend tool.

Figure 7

Finally we will learn the technique of Blending just the outlines of objects to each other instead of the Object's fill. This exercise uses two symbols from the Symbols roll-up. Follow the steps below:

Your bicycle should now have a slight three dimensional look to it (See Figure 8).

Figure 8

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