Creating blends

CorelDRAW offers a variety of features for creating interesting blend effects, such as straight-line blends, blending along a path, compound blends, and copying and cloning blends.

Straight-line blends

The intermediate objects, in a straight-line blend, show a progression in shape and size between the original objects. The outline and fill colors of the intermediate objects progress on a straight-line path across the color spectrum. Special fills (i.e., fountain, pattern, and texture fills) show a progression between the objects' fills. The intermediate objects' outlines show a gradual progressions between different thickness and formats.

Blending along a path

By fitting a blend to a path or drawing a path freehand while you're blending objects, the objects follow the shape of the path. By default, the intermediate objects take on the original objects' horizontal and vertical orientation and are attached to the path at their respective centers of rotation.

Compound blends

Adding one or more objects to a blend creates a compound blend. To create a compound blend, you need two components: an existing blend and an object. You can connect the object at the blend's start or end object, but not at one of its intermediate objects. The object where you connect is shared between the two branches of the compound blend but maintains its relationship (that is, start or end object) with both.

Copying and cloning blends

You can also create new blends by copying or cloning a blend's settings to two selected objects. The objects take on all of the blend-related settings, except for their outline and fill attributes. With cloned blends, changes made to the original blend (also called the master) are also applied to the clone.

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