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Blending objects in CorelDRAW

Process to blend objects

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To

Do the following

Blend along a straight line

Open the Interactive tools flyout , and click the Interactive blend tool . Select the first object, and drag over the second object. If you want to reset the blend, press Esc as you drag.

Blend an object along a freehand path

Open the Interactive tools flyout, and click the Interactive blend tool. Select the first object. Hold down Alt, and drag to draw a line to the second object.

Fit a blend to a path

Open the Interactive tools flyout, and click the Interactive blend tool. Click the blend. Click the Path properties button on the property bar. Click New path. Using the curved arrow, click the path to which you want to fit the blend.

Stretch the blend over an entire path

Select a blend that is already fitted on a path. Click the Miscellaneous blend options button on the property bar, and enable the Blend along full path check box.

Create a compound blend

Using the Interactive blend tool, drag from an object to the start or end object of another blend.

 

Process to copy or clone a blend

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1. Select the two objects you want to blend.

2. Click Effects, and click one of the following:

• Copy effect Blend from

• Clone effect Blend from

3. Select the blend whose attributes you want to copy or clone.



• You can’t copy or clone a compound blend.



• You can also use the Eyedropper tool to copy a blend.

 

Process to set the distance for intermediate objects in a blend

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1. Select a blend.

2. Click the Use steps or fixed spacing for blend button on the property bar.

3. Type a value in the Number of steps or offset between blend shapes box on the property bar.

4. Press Enter.



• You can set object and color acceleration rates by clicking the Object and color acceleration button on the property bar and moving the corresponding slider.


Process to set the color progression in a blend

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1. Select a blend.

2. On the property bar, click one of the following:

• Direct blend

• Clockwise blend

• Counterclockwise blend



• You can’t create color progressions by using blended objects filled with bitmaps, texture, pattern, or PostScript fills.



• You can set how fast the object’s colors transform from the first to the last object by clicking the Object and color acceleration button on the property bar and moving the corresponding sliders.

 

Process to map the nodes of a blend

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1. Select a blend.

2. Click the Miscellaneous blend options button on the property bar.

3. Click the Map nodes button on the property bar.

4. Click a node on the start object and on the end object.

 

Process to work with the start or end objects in a blend

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Do the following

Select the start or end object

Select a blend, click the Start and end object properties button on the property bar, and click Show start, or Show end

Change the start or end object of a blend

Select a blend, click the Start and end object properties button on the property bar, and click New start, or New end. Click an object outside the blend that you want to use as the start or end of the blend

Fuse the start or end object in a split or compound blend

Hold down Ctrl, click a middle object in a blend, and then click a start or end object. Click the Miscellaneous options button on the property bar. If you have selected the start object, click the Fuse start button . If you have selected the end object, click the Fuse end button .
 


• You can reverse the direction of the blend by clicking Arrange Order Reverse order.

 
Process to change the blend path

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1. Select a blend.

2. Click the Path properties button on the property bar, and click New path.

3. Click the path you want to use for the blend.


You can also

Detach a blend from a path                                 Click the Path properties button on the property bar, and click Detach from path.

Change the path of a selected freehand blend       Click the blend path with the Shape tool , and drag a path’s node.




• To select the blend path, click the Path properties button, and click Show path.

 
Process to split a blend

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1. Select a blend.

2. Click the Miscellaneous options button on the property bar.

3. Click the Split button .

4. Click the intermediate object at the point at where you want to split the blend.



• You can’t split a blend at the intermediate object that is immediately adjacent to the start or end object.

 
Process to remove a blend

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1. Select a blend.

2. Click Effects Clear blend.



• You can also remove a selected blend by clicking the Clear blend button on the property bar.

 

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