Have you ever felt frustrated trying to color in Illustrator* knowing there had to be an easier, faster way? I’m here to tell you there totally is using the Blend Tool.
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In this quick 5-minute photo tutorial, we’ll add some depth to each orange section, just like you see in the image above.
This tool is especially helpful when you need to add simple shading or highlights to individual sections of an illustration.
Let’s get started:
Using the Direct Selection Tool (black arrow), select each element you’d like to shade holding down shift (if selecting multiple shapes)
Head up to Object > Path > Offset Path to create a copy of the shape inside
Type in offset measurement you’d like to use. Use a negative measurement for creating an inner copy, use a whole number for an outer copy.
(not pictured) Choose a contrasting color for the inner elements that will blend with the object below. (I chose a darker orange and removed the stroke color from the inner segments.)
A) Choose Blend Tool from Toolbar (located right under eyedropper tool)
B) Click once on the outer layer
C) Click once more on the inner layer to create blend and repeat steps for each item or section you’d like to blend.
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