Blend Option Setting in Adobe CS5 Illustrator
In Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator you can change the way a blend appears by using the Blend Options dialog box: Choose Object→Blend→Blend Options. From the Spacing drop-down list, change the blend to one of these options:
Smooth Color: Blend steps are calculated to provide the optimum number of steps for a smooth transition.
Specified Steps: Determine the number of steps in a blend by typing a number in the text field to the right of the drop-down list.
Specified Distance: Control the distance between steps in the blend by typing a number in the text field to the right of the drop-down list.
You can also choose between two orientation options:
Align to Page: Orients the blend perpendicular to the x-axis of the page.
Align to Path: Orients the blend perpendicular to the path. You probably won’t see a difference when changing orientation unless you’ve edited the blend path.
You can easily access the Blend tool options by selecting a blended object and double-clicking the Blend tool in the Tools panel.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try changing a smooth blend into a logarithmic blend. In the Blend Options dialog box, choose Specified Steps from the Spacing drop-down list and change the value to 5. This change creates the blend in 5 steps rather than in the more than 200 steps that may have been necessary to create the smooth blend.
Here are a few more tips to help you become more comfortable using blends. You can
Blend between an unlimited number of objects, colors, opacities, or gradients.
Edit blends directly with tools, such as Selection, Rotate, or Scale.
Switch to the Direct Selection tool and edit the blend path by dragging anchor points. A straight path is created between blended objects when the blend is first applied.
Edit blends that you created by moving, resizing, deleting, or adding objects. After you make editing changes, the artwork is blended again automatically.