Illustrator Blend Tool
In this Adobe Illustrator Tutorial I’ll be showing you how to create this “Logo” (It’s really just a Z) to illustrate how to us the Blend Tool in Illustrator. I’ll be showing you how to do this using circles but you can use different shapes and different shaped paths.
1. Creating a new Illustrator Project
To start a new Illustrator project click File > New or (Ctrl + N).
Next in the window that opens up select Art & Illustration.
Click View All Presets
Then select A3.
Click the landscape orientation and finally Create.
Now you should have a new project with a white art board. Next we will set the document with rulers.
2. Using Rulers
To show rules on your document press Ctrl+R (Windows) or Command+R (Mac). You will see this change on illustrator.
Click and drag the top ruler down to create a guide.
Repeat this to create another guide with the spacing between the two being the height that you want your Z to be.
3. Drawing the Shape
So next we need to dray our shape. To do this we need to use the Pen Tool which you can select from the panel on the left of your screen.
To draw the Z click on the top guide that you made earlier to make your first anchor point. Next move your mouse right along th guide and click to ad another anchor point. Continue this until you have this shape.
Next you need to make 4 circles, one for each of the points on the Z. To do this you need to click on the shape tool. If it isn’t a circle you can right click on the square then click the circle option.
It will then change to this I con. Now you’re ready to make the circles.
Click somewhere on your art board while Ctrl + Shift + Alt and drag the mouse until the circle is your desired size.
With the circle selected click the fill colour on the bottom left of the screen. This will open the Colour Picker.
Next pick a red colour or enter the hexcode E50000 next to the # sign. Then click OK to to finish.
Next click V on your keyboard to use the selection tool. Now click your circle to select it. Now push Alt and Click and Drag the circle to the right. Do this four times to make four copies of your first circle. Try keep these in a straight line.
Next, select the second circle you made. Pick a colour a little lighter than the first. I used an orange hexcode F9551C. Then click OK to to finish.
Repeat this step until you have four different colours.
4. Using the Blend Tool
Almost finished now. Using the select tool (press V on your keyboard) select all four circles like in the image.
Then go to the top and click Object > Blend > Make or (Alt + Ctrl + B).
Now you will see these circles join together.
Now using the select tool (V on your keyboard) again select your Z and Circles all together.
Again go to Object > Blend how ever this time click Replace Spine.
And finally you have your finished Z logo.
That’s all there is to it, practice and have fun creating interesting designs. Check out some more tutorials and share with a friend.
Here is list of equipment I use to make these tutorials. Not all were used making this but a used on a daily basis.